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Season 6 of The CW's American teen-drama television series Riverdale was renewed on February 3, 2021.[3]

On May 25, 2021, The CW announced that for its fall schedule, Riverdale would be moving to a new time slot of Tuesdays at 9/8c, behind The Flash.[4] It premiered on November 16, 2021 and went on hiatus after the airing of the 100th episode.[1] The series was going to return on March 6, 2022, in its new time slot, Sundays at 8/7c.[5] Due to the Critics Choice Awards, the midseason premiere of Riverdale was delayed two weeks and moved to March 20, 2022.[6]

Rivervale

"Rivervale" is the first arc of the sixth season and an "eventized" five-week run that according to showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is "firmly in the horror gene" and featured Kiernan Shipka reprising her role as Sabrina Spellman.[7]

In a post-finale appearance on the podcast Riverdale After Dark, Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that Rivervale is in-canon and within the continuity of the show.[8]

Synopsis

The sixth season of RIVERDALE begins with a special five-episode event arc entitled "RIVERVALE." Picking up where season five ended, with Archie (KJ Apa) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) deciding to give their romantic relationship another shot, just as a bomb planted by Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) under Archie's bed was about to go off. Strangely, that bomb seemingly doesn't explode, and when Archie and Betty wake up the next morning, they're living in the town of Rivervale, their lives in Riverdale but a distant dream. It's hard to believe, but things in Rivervale are much darker and creepier than in Riverdale. There are ghosts, curses, witches, demons, human sacrifices, and special guest stars galore — including a visit from everybody's favorite twenty-something witch, Sabrina Spellman (guest star Kiernan Shipka)! How did our characters come to be in Rivervale? And what, exactly, is Rivervale? An alternate universe? A dream dimension? Limbo? Archie's coma fantasy? The mystery will be revealed in RIVERDALE’s hundredth episode, "The Jughead Paradox."[9]

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# Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate
1 RD-Promo-6x01-Welcome-to-Rivervale-02-Jughead.jpg "Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Gabriel Correa November 16, 2021
WELCOME TO RIVERVALE – Following the explosion that ended Season Five, a new day dawns in the town of RiverVALE, where everything is as it should be. Veronica and Reggie are now the town's power couple, while Jughead and Tabitha move in together. But with Cheryl demanding a return to the "old ways," this serenity will surely not last. And how could Archie and Betty possibly have survived?
2 RD-Promo-6x02-Ghost-Stories-03-Toni-Nana-Rose-Cheryl-Betty.jpg "Chapter Ninety-Seven: Ghost Stories" Janine Salinas Schoenberg Gabriel Correa November 23, 2021
THE HAUNTING OF RIVERVALE — A vengeful spirit from folklore, La Llorona arrives in Rivervale to terrorize the rainy town. Betty and Toni find themselves in the specter's path and must seek Cheryl's help to protect the children in Rivervale, including Baby Anthony. Meanwhile, Jughead and Tabitha, along with Veronica and Reggie, experience their own hauntings that begin to put a strain on their respective relationships.
3 RD-Promo-6x03-Mr-Cypher-02-Veronica.jpg "Chapter Ninety-Eight: Mr. Cypher" Greg Murray Jeff Woolnough November 30, 2021
THE DEVIL COMES TO TOWN - After being visited by a mysterious figure who arrives in Rivervale, the gang find themselves faced with unexpected ultimatums.
4 RD-Promo-6x04-The-Witching-Hour(s)-01-Cheryl-Sabrina.jpg "Chapter Ninety-Nine: The Witching Hour(s)" Arabella Anderson James DeWille December 7, 2021
SABRINA SPELLMAN (GUEST STAR KIERNAN SHIPKA) COMES TO RIVERVALE - As Bailey's Comet passes over Rivervale, Cheryl and Nana Rose revisit the tragic stories of the Blossom women through the years. Meanwhile, the once-in-a-lifetime celestial event prompts Cheryl to summon a familiar face to Rivervale – Sabrina Spellman.
5 RD-Promo-6x05-The-Jughead-Paradox-02-Jughead-Reggie-Toni-Cheryl-Veronica-Archie-Betty-Kevin-Pop-Fangs-Fogarty-Tabitha-Ethel-Dilton.jpg "Chapter One Hundred: The Jughead Paradox" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Gabriel Correa December 14, 2021
100th EPISODE — Unnerved by a series of strange happenings around him, Jughead's quest for answers leads him to uncover the truth about Rivervale.
6 RD-Promo-6x06-Unbelievable-07-Tabitha-Jughead.jpg "Chapter One Hundred and One: Unbelievable" James DeWille James DeWille March 20, 2022[6]
THE AFTERMATH — As news begins to spread about the bombing at the Andrew's home, Archie, Betty and Jughead begin to deal with mysterious side effects from the explosion. Elsewhere, Veronica spirals after learning that Hiram may have been involved, and Cheryl is consumed with guilt when she believes she may have had a hand in the explosion.
7 RD-Promo-6x07-Death-at-a-Funeral-10-Veronica-Hermione.jpg "Chapter One Hundred and Two: Death at a Funeral" Ted Sullivan Tara Dafoe March 27, 2022
HERMOINE COMES TO TOWN - Following the explosion at the Andrews residence, Archie assembles a team to help rebuild his home, while Jughead copes with his new reality. Meanwhile, at the Riverdale town hall meeting, Veronica breaks some news to the town, which later prompts a visit from her mother Hermoine. At Thornhill, Britta tries to get to the bottom of some strange happenings going on with Cheryl and Nana Rose.
8 RD-Promo-6x08-The-Town-02-Veronica-Reggie.jpg "Chapter One Hundred and Three: The Town" Brian E. Paterson Rob Seidenglanz April 3, 2022
THE WORST TOWN IN AMERICA - After learning that Percival Pickens is behind a blistering article calling Riverdale the worst town in America, Archie comes up with a plan to prove him wrong. Meanwhile, after the Town Council goes after their casino, Veronica and Reggie decide they're going to do everything on the up-and-up moving forward. Finally, Britta makes a risky move to help Cheryl.
9 RD-Promo-6x09-The-Serpent-Queens-Gambit-03-Toni.jpg "Chapter One Hundred and Four: The Serpent Queen's Gambit" Danielle Iman Antonio Negret April 10, 2022
PERCIVAL MAKES HIS MOVE — After suspecting that Percival is about to make a big play, Archie, Betty and Jughead warn their friends about his potential threat to the town. Meanwhile, Toni also finds herself a target after Percival announces his plans to rid the town of gangs, including the Serpents. Finally, Cheryl makes her move against Archie, Betty and Jughead.
10 RD-Promo-6x10-Folk-Heroes-06-Archie-Jughead.jpg "Chapter One Hundred and Five: Folk Heroes" Devon Turner Gabriel Correa April 17, 2022
THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST MAN — To get the town of Riverdale out from under Percival's grip, Archie, Jughead and Betty devise a plan to turn Archie into a modern-day folk hero by performing a series of impossible feats. Meanwhile, Percival takes aim at Veronica, Toni and Tabitha, pitting them and their businesses against one another. Finally, after falling ill, Cheryl makes a surprising discovery about herself.
11 RD-Promo-6x11-Angels-in-America-01-.jpg "Chapter One Hundred and Six: Angels in America" Evan Kyle Claudia Yarmy April 24, 2022
RIVERDALE THROUGH THE YEARS — After learning that Percival's plan to reinvigorate Riverdale would lead to the demise of Pop's, Tabitha searches for a way to fight back. But when she is targeted by one of Percival's accomplices, the incident sends her back in time and searching for answers.
12 RD-Promo-6x12-In-the-Fog-02-Cheryl-Penelope.jpg "Chapter One Hundred and Seven: In the Fog" Chrissy Maroon Jeff Woolnough May 1, 2022
THE FOG COMES TO RIVERDALE — After uncovering what Percival has planned for the town, Archie, Betty, Jughead and Tabitha devise a plan to oust the current town council and instate their own. But when Percival catches wind of their secret meeting, he and Alice use an upcoming weather event to scare the town into staying in their homes... while they carry out the next step of Percival's master plan.
13 RD-Promo-6x13-Ex-Libris-01-Archie-Betty-Veronica-Jughead-Cheryl-Percival.jpg "Chapter One Hundred and Eight: Ex-Libris" Aaron Allen Ruba Nadda May 8, 2022
MIND GAMES - The next steps of Percival's plan catch Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, Cheryl and Reggie off guard and forces them to face their past trauma.
14 RD-Promo-6x14-Venomous-03-Veronica.jpg "Chapter One Hundred and Nine: Venomous" Tessa Leigh Williams Lisa Soper May 15, 2022
TOXIC — With palladium acting as his personal kryptonite, Archie decides he must build up his tolerance if he's going to stand a chance against Percival. Betty turns to Jughead for help uncovering some repressed memories from her childhood. Meanwhile, Veronica deals with a bombshell discovery that effects how she interacts with people around her, and Cheryl debates whether she should reach out to a former childhood crush.
15 RD-Promo-6x15-Things-That-Go-Bump-in-the-Night-01-Heather.jpg "Chapter One Hundred and Ten: Things That Go Bump in the Night" Gigi Swift & Ryan Terrebonne Gabriel Correa May 22, 2022
THE GHOSTS OF RIVERDALE - After failing to get Pop's declared a historical landmark, Tabitha enlists Archie's help saving the diner from Percival. Betty opens up to Agent Drake about her ability to see people's evil auras. Meanwhile, after Reggie and the shareholders declare war on Veronica, she turns to Jughead for help maintaining control of the Babylonium. Finally, Cheryl reconnects with her childhood crush Heather, and Toni and Fangs continue their fight for custody of Baby Anthony.
16 RD-Promo-6x16-Blue-Collar-03-Archie.jpg "Chapter One Hundred and Eleven: Blue Collar" James DeWille & Arabella Anderson Tara Dafoe May 29, 2022
KNOW THY ENEMY - After learning that Percival is exploiting his new work crew, Archie and Tabitha devise a plan to help protect the workers and get them out from under Percival's control. Meanwhile, Jughead finds himself with a target on his back after Percival catches wind of a scheme he and Veronica hatched against Reggie. Finally, Betty receives some unexpected news about a dark moment from her past, and Toni and Fangs find themselves at a crossroads.
17 Riverdale Title Card.png "Chapter One Hundred and Twelve: American Psychos" Tessa Leigh Williams & Greg Murray Gabriel Correa June 12, 2022
THE CAST PERFORM MUSICAL NUMBERS FROM AMERICAN PSYCHO THE MUSICAL - In order to catch the Trash Bag Killer once and for all, Betty devises a plan to hold a serial killer convention in Riverdale. Elsewhere, Cheryl receives some news about Toni and Fangs that sends her spiraling, while Archie and Tabitha try to loosen the grip Percival has over his workers.
18 Riverdale Title Card.png "Chapter One Hundred and Thirteen: Biblical" TBA TBA TBA
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Press Release

THE CW GIVES EARLY RENEWALS TO 12 CURRENT SERIES FOR NEXT SEASON

Network Picks Up "All American," "Batwoman," "Charmed," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "Dynasty," "The Flash," "In The Dark," "Legacies," "Nancy Drew," "Riverdale," "Roswell, New Mexico" and "Walker" For the 2021-2022 Season

The CW Orders Additional Episodes of the Current Seasons of "Walker" and "Superman & Lois"

February 3, 2021 (Burbank, CA) - The CW Network today renewed 12 of its current scripted series for the 2021-2022 season, including its new breakout hit WALKER, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and CEO, The CW Network. Additionally, The CW is ordering 5 additional episodes for this season of WALKER, bringing its total episode count for 2020-2021 to 18, and 2 additional episodes of SUPERMAN & LOIS, bringing its total episode count for 2020-2021 to 15.

"Though we're just a few weeks into the new season, we wanted to get a strategic head start on next season with these early renewals, which allows our production teams to start laying out story arcs and hiring staff, and at the same time, continues to provide us with a strong, stable schedule to build on for next season," said Pedowitz. "As The CW's 2020-2021 season kicks into high gear, we are thrilled creatively with the direction of our first new shows out of the gate, WALKER and SUPERMAN & LOIS, that we wanted to order the additional episodes to complete their first seasons, and we are particularly pleased with the huge success of the launch of WALKER, which debuted as our most watched series premiere in 5 years."

The current series being ordered for the 2021-2022 season include a second season of WALKER, which recently scored The CW's most watched series premiere in 5 years, as well as ALL AMERICAN (Season 4), BATWOMAN (Season 3), CHARMED (Season 4), DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Season 7), DYNASTY (Season 5), THE FLASH (Season 8), IN THE DARK (Season 4), LEGACIES (Season 4), NANCY DREW (Season 3), RIVERDALE (Season 6) and ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO (Season 4). Specific premiere dates for each series will be announced at a later time.[11]

Production Notes

  • Production began on August 30, 2021, and is expected to conclude on June 1, 2022.[12][13]

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