'Katy Keene' Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot: Everything You Need to Know About the 'Riverdale' Spin-Off

The Riverdale universe is about to get its second spin-off in the form of Katy Keene, starring Lucy Hale as a young aspiring fashion designer in New York City. Keene will appear on Riverdale itself during its February 6 episode on The CW before spinning off into her own show, where she will be joined in the cast by Josie McCoy (played by Ashleigh Murray) for a plot that sees them trying to make it in NYC⁠—though the trailer reveals they will face a lot of obstacles on the way.

When does Katy Keene start?

Katy Keene the character will make her debut in Riverdale Season 4, Episode 12, titled "Men of Honour," when Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) comes to New York to visit her friend Katy. Per TVFanatic, Katy Keene (and Riverdale) executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi said: "Before Katy Keene officially premieres, we all thought it would be super fun to do a crossover that took Veronica to Katy's world—New York City—and established Katy in the Riverdale universe." That episode of Riverdale will air on Wednesday, February 5 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

The following day, Thursday, February 6, Katy Keene Episode 1 will air on The CW at 8 p.m. ET, with the series continuing weekly in that timeslot thereafter. The first season will have 13 episodes, and the show has already been recommissioned for a second run of 13 episodes likely to air in 2021.

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Left to right: Jonny Beauchamp as Ginger, Lucy Hale as Katy Keene and Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy in "Katy Keene" The CW

Who is in the cast of Katy Keene?

Joining Hale, previously seen in Pretty Little Liars and the movie Truth or Dare, and Murray in the cast are another two main characters. These are aspiring Broadway performer and drag queen Jorge, played by Penny Dreadful actor Jonny Beauchamp, and businesswoman extraordinaire Pepper Smith, portrayed by Julia Chen of Saving Hope.

Speaking to Young Entertainment, Beauchamp described his character as a "Puerto Rican boy from Washington Heights with big Broadway dreams. He encounters his fair share of rejection for not fitting the mold and decides to channel all that negativity into one fabulous positive; his drag alter-ego, Ginger Lopez."

The supporting characters for Katy Keene include Scream Queens' Lucien Laviscount and From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series' Zane Holtz, playing Alexander Cabot and K.O. Kelly, the love interests of Josie and Katy respectively.

The makers of the show have also teased several Riverdale cast members who could star on the spin-off in the future. So far, the only confirmed star is Robin Givens, due to appear on Katy Keene as Josie's mother Sierra. This was revealed by executive producer Michael Grassi at a Tribeca TV Festival screening, who said, "We love Robin Givens...she will come visit for sure."

At the same event, the producer also teased one of Riverdale's boxers would fight against K.O. (though he would not confirm whether it would be Archie Andrews actor K.J. Apa) and that the Pussycats would also come back, "but probably not in the way you expect."

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Robin Givens will guest star in the cast of "Katy Keene" The CW

What will happen in Katy Keene?

The CW has released an extensive synopsis for their new series. It reads: "Katy Keene follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), performer Jorge Lopez/Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp), and 'It Girl' Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City...together.

"Katy designs clothes for anyone she can, including her friend and roommate Josie, whose singing talent catches the attention of Alexander Cabot (Lucien Laviscount), a CEO who hopes to reboot the record label division of his father's corporate empire. But Alexander's dream of signing Josie to a recording contract meets resistance from Cabot Media's powerful senior vice president Alexandra (Camille Hyde), who also happens to be his twin sister. Josie and Katy's roommate Jorge works at his family's bodega and has his eye on Broadway, but after a series of rejections, he hopes to take his drag performance career as Ginger to the next level. The mysterious Pepper Smith plans to open her own version of Andy Warhol's Factory. She has the connections, but no one seems to know where she got her money — or if she really has any at all.


"Katy struggles to manage the pressures of her day job at Lacy's Department Store and her very demanding boss, Gloria (Katherine LaNasa), who is a legendary personal shopper. But Katy has the support of her longtime boyfriend, K.O. Kelly (Zane Holtz), who has his own dream of becoming a professional boxer. As these aspiring artists take on the runway, the recording studio, Broadway, and the NYC social scene, they will find more than just a career in the big city — they'll find long-lasting friendship."

Speaking to W, Hale spoke about the tonal differences between Katy Keene and Riverdale. She said: "We have the same creators as Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but they have much different worlds. Katy Keene is much brighter. It's about four friends optimistically trying to make their dreams come true in New York City. The way we shot the pilot, it looks like old-school New York. It's beautiful. You feel really optimistic and inspired, so tonally it's a lot different from Riverdale."

Katy Keene starts on Thursday, February 6 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.