Your dedicated Riverdale Correspondent has returned with some excellent news:
Molly Ringwald will play Mary Andrews, Archie's mother, on Greg Berlanti and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's new spooky, Twin Peaks-inflected take on the Archie comics debuting at the CW this January. (Read my review of the pilot here.)
This is really smart, for several reasons. First, as my colleague Scott Wampler has mentioned a good six or seven times already today, they both have red hair. Astonishing! But more to the point, Riverdale has a very intentional '80s tone, and already features some familiar faces from that decade, including Luke Perry (who plays Archie's dad) and Mädchen Amick (Betty's mom). It's murder mystery meets coming-of-age Hughesian drama, and who better to highlight the Hughes portion of the proceedings than the queen of the Brat Pack herself?
Here's a little more about Ringwald's role:
Having left Riverdale two years ago to follow her dreams, Mary returns to town in her family's hour of need. She not only reconnects with Archie and her husband, Fred (played by Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Luke Perry), but also her former high school gal-pals Hermione and Alice, just in time for a homecoming dance. She's slated to appear in episodes 10 and 11.
Ugh, I can't wait.