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Riverdale’s Luke Perry tribute episode is ‘beautiful’ says series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Riverdale’s Luke Perry tribute episode is ‘beautiful’ says series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

The CW’s hit series Riverdale will be paying tribute to their late star Luke Perry in the Season 4 premiere, with the series creator revealing the tribute is ‘beautiful.’

Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa spoke at The CW’s Television Critics Association summer tour panel, where he shed new light on the episode.

‘I think it’s a real tribute to Luke. I think it’s a real tribute to Fred,’ Aguirre-Sacasa said, while promoting his new show Katy Keene (via E!).

Tribute: The CW's hit series Riverdale will be paying tribute to their late star Luke Perry in the Season 5 premiere, with the series creator revealing the tribute is 'beautiful'

Tribute: The CW’s hit series Riverdale will be paying tribute to their late star Luke Perry in the Season 5 premiere, with the series creator revealing the tribute is ‘beautiful’

Beautiful: Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa spoke at The CW's Television Critics Association summer tour panel, where he shed new light on the episode

Beautiful: Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa spoke at The CW’s Television Critics Association summer tour panel, where he shed new light on the episode

‘I think it’s very cathartic to watch it and I think everyone really came together, specifically to tell this kind of story, the honor Luke and honor Fred…’ Aguirre-Sacasa added.

Perry passed away suddenly in March after suffering a stroke at the age of 52, with his Riverdale character, Fred Perry, written as being away on business for the remainder of Season 3.

Perry’s original 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty signed on to guest star in the Season 4 premiere, though details about her character were not revealed yet, though Aguirre-Sacasa teased more about her character at the TCA panel.

Luke and Shannen: Perry's original 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty signed on to guest star in the Season 4 premiere, though details about her character were not revealed yet, though Aguirre-Sacasa teased more about her character at the TCA panel

Luke and Shannen: Perry’s original 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty signed on to guest star in the Season 4 premiere, though details about her character were not revealed yet, though Aguirre-Sacasa teased more about her character at the TCA panel

‘I think the fun of that will be kind of experiencing it when you’re watching it, but she plays a really important part and she plays it beautifully,’ Aguirre-Sacasa said. 

‘Having seen the scene, I couldn’t imagine someone else doing it, and it obviously resonates really deeply because it is one of Luke’s friends,’ he added.

Aguirre-Sacasa announced Doherty’s casting during the Riverdale panel at San Diego Comic-Con in July, stating that Perry had wanted to bring her onto the show since the first season.,

Luke's friends: 'Having seen the scene, I couldn't imagine someone else doing it, and it obviously resonates really deeply because it is one of Luke's friends,' he added

Luke’s friends: ‘Having seen the scene, I couldn’t imagine someone else doing it, and it obviously resonates really deeply because it is one of Luke’s friends,’ he added

Doherty responded to the casting with a statement on Instagram last month, which began, ‘I am deeply honored to pay tribute to Luke on Riverdale.’

‘The care in which this show takes in honoring his memory is beautiful. He is missed. Today. Tomorrow. Forever,’ she added.

Aguirre-Sacasa added at Comic-Con that Perry and Doherty were, ‘such good friends,’ and they wanted to make their tribute special by bringing her on.

Friends: Aguirre-Sacasa added at Comic-Con that Perry and Doherty were, 'such good friends,' and they wanted to make their tribute special by bringing her on

Friends: Aguirre-Sacasa added at Comic-Con that Perry and Doherty were, ‘such good friends,’ and they wanted to make their tribute special by bringing her on

‘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,’ Aguirre-Sacasa added.

‘She read the script and immediately said, “Yes. It’s very impactful,”‘ he added.’

Riverdale kicks off Season 4 with its premiere tribute to Luke Perry’s Fred Ward on Wednesday October 9 at 8 PM ET on The CW Network. 

Season premiere: Riverdale kicks off Season 4 with its premiere tribute to Luke Perry's Fred Ward on Wednesday October 9 at 8 PM ET on The CW Network

Season premiere: Riverdale kicks off Season 4 with its premiere tribute to Luke Perry’s Fred Ward on Wednesday October 9 at 8 PM ET on The CW Network

 

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