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RIVERDALE: Shannen Doherty to Guest Star in Luke Perry Tribute Episode

July 21, 2019 by  

RIVERDALE: Shannen Doherty

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RIVERDALE’s tribute episode to Luke Perry will include his former BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty.

Per showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, he and Perry had planned on having Doherty appear on the show.  “[It] is something that Luke wanted to happen since season one,” said Aguirre-Sacasa in a statement. “They were such good friends, and when we were putting together this tribute episode, we wanted to make it as special as possible, and so we asked Shannen to do a pivotal, super-emotional role. She read the script and immediately said ‘yes.’ It’s very impactful.”

“We really wanted to honor Luke, we really wanted to honor Fred,” he elaborated on the show’s Comic-Con panel. “Kind of standalone. Really emotional and focused on what he meant to this group of people.”

“It was cathartic for all of us [to have Doherty there],” Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead, added. “It put the cherry on top of the episode. It made a nice tribute. She was overjoyed to have the ability to share some of the burden of Luke’s passing that she had gone through with the rest of us.”

The tribute episode, “Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam,” will air as the series’ season premiere on Wednesday, October 9, at 8/7c.

Additionally, DAWSON’S CREEK star Kerr Smith will recur as Riverdale High’s new principal, Mr. Honey. He’ll first pop up in the season’s second episode, “Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High.” Per Aguirre-Sacasa, Mr. Honey is “a bit of a hard-ass who takes a harder line with the students this year, especially with the seniors.”

RIVERDALE, Wednesdays, 8/7c, The CW


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