21 Jul 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
“Riverdale” will open its fourth season by honoring the late Luke Perry, and they’ll do it with a familiar face from his days in the 90210, according to the show’s panel at Sunday’s Comic-Con International in San Diego.
“Beverly Hills 90210” co-star Shannen Doherty will be joining the cast of the CW show as they pay their final respects to Perry, who died unexpectedly in March.
Doherty played Perry’s love interest, Brenda Walsh, on “90210” and she will appear as a guest star in “Riverdale’s” season opener titled, “Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam.” The episode is set to air on October 9.
The panel opened up with showrunner Roberto Sacasa offering a tribute and a story about Perry wanting to join the show
The #riverdale panel starts with @WriterRAS paying tribute to Luke Perry #sdcc #wbsdcc pic.twitter.com/ErWGW9MXGR
— BeautifulBallad (@beautifulballad) July 21, 2019
Fans took to social media to express their feelings about this surprise announcement:
The @CW_Riverdale season 4 premiere will honor Luke Perry, w/Shannen Doherty to guest star: https://t.co/TaTk9Xko6K Plus, Kerr Smith to play new principal in recurring role #WBSDCC #Riverdale #SDCC2019
— Warner Bros. TV (@warnerbrostv) July 21, 2019
The panel starts off with a tribute to #LukePerry, and the season will kick off with a tribute to the actor and #FredAndrews.
We're not crying, you're crying 😭 #SDCC #WBSDCC
— Gabby Ross (@Gabby_Spnatural) July 21, 2019
A Luke Perry montage was shown and it ended with the words "We love you, Luke" #RiverdaleSDCC #SDCC #Riverdale pic.twitter.com/FhXVB9TFcm
— pop polls (@poppoIIs) July 21, 2019
We all need to watch the premiere episode live since it is in tribute to Luke. #Riverdale #SDCC #LukePerry
— Miranda (@mdawn37) July 21, 2019
Omg omg omg @DohertyShannen will be paying tribute to #LukePerry on @CW_Riverdale!!! It's definitely bittersweet!!😭❤#RIPLuke 🧡
— MB. (@Mbazan22) July 21, 2019
Luke Perry wanted Shannon Doherty to be in Riverdale for the longest time. She will be appearing in the season 4 premiere, a tribute episode for Luke. #Riverdale pic.twitter.com/vpLeCVztw7
— 紫織🇯🇵🔜SDCC (@LadyJenevia) July 21, 2019
It was an emotional start to the @CW_Riverdale panel with a tribute to Luke Perry, and the announcement that Shannen Doherty will be in the first episode of the season. #Riverdale #RiverdaleSDCC #WBSDCC
— Melissa Girimonte (@thetelevixen) July 21, 2019
BRENDA FROM 90210 WILL BE IN THE LUKE PERRY TRIBUTE EPISODE I CAN’T 😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/E6AwJSl7nE
— Lauren ✨ Gallaway (@LaurenGallaway) July 21, 2019
Cast member Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom in the teen drama, shared a story about Perry and how she felt about him missing from Sunday’s panel.
Madelaine compartiendo una historia desgarradora sobre su amistad con Luke Perry. (via @MarissaMessi) #Riverdale #SDCC pic.twitter.com/cFliOOk6xd
— Madelaine Petsch Argentina (@PetschArgentina) July 21, 2019
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