The first piece of news is that the role of Hiram Lodge has been cast!
Riverdale has tapped Mark Consuelos as Veronica’s father. The only catch is a Pitch: The actor is currently in first position to that series if it is renewed for Season 2. If it isn’t, though, Consuelos will be on Riverdale Season 2 as a series regular.
The character is described as a “ruthless, handsome, charismatic businessman who is coming back to Riverdale after weathering a financial scandal that almost destroyed him. He is there to reconnect with his wife Hermione and, especially, his daughter Veronica, who is the apple of his eye.” Guess the Blossoms get found out, huh?
And now for the bad news: Ross Butler has departed the series, which means the show is going to need a new Reggie Mantle. Ross was absent for much of Season 1 due to his commitments to the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
“We love what Ross did with the role of Reggie [this season], but because of his commitments to other projects, we couldn’t use him nearly as much as we would have liked,” series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TV Line in a statement. “[Next season], we want more Reggie on our show — he’s Archie’s rival! — and because Ross is unavailable to come back to Riverdale, we’re looking for a new Reggie. Those are big shoes to fill, but we’re confident we can find an actor who is as funny and sexy as Ross. And of course we all wish Ross the best.”
Will the new Reggie cut it? We’re not sure, but those are the cards the show has apparently been dealt.
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