ByLily Masco, writer at
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Lily Masco

The CW has dominated the world of spin-offs for awhile now, ensuring that their fan base remains loyal to their network by busily keeping up with all the shows, and always craving more. This is the case whether it be with The Vampire Diaries leading to The Originals or Arrow to The Flash to Legends of Tomorrow to Supergirl (even though the latter originally aired on CBS for Season 1). These have proven to be widely successful and hasn't missed a beat. In fact, they've already hinted at the possibility of a Sabrina The Teenage Witch rebooted spin-off.

Archie Comics led to other titles such as Betty & Veronica, Jughead and Laugh, featuring the entire gang. Since the premiere of the live-action adaptation , fans of the MLJ comic book are probably wondering which character(s) could end up with their very own spin-off. So, here's a wish-list of other characters from the comics who deserve their very own TV series.

1. Pop Tate

'Riverdale' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
'Riverdale' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

Think of all the possibilities that could emerge from featuring Pop Tate (Alvin Sanders) as a protagonist. First of all, Pop's is Riverdale's go-to spot (i.e. drama central), so he probably witnesses all sorts of personal and intimate tidbits of his customers' lives. Even though he's hardly made an appearance on the show thus far, we know that Pop knows everything about everybody.

Second of all, since most of the characters are high school students, Pop's aged wisdom provides some insight into the parents' histories. The show could make great use of flashbacks by alternating between present day at Pop's and the days of his youth when Archie and The Gang's relatives were teenagers.

2. Hiram Lodge

Hiram Lodge [Credit: Archie Comics/MLJ Comics]
Hiram Lodge [Credit: Archie Comics/MLJ Comics]

Thus far, Veronica Lodge's (Camila Mendes) father Hiram Lodge has yet to appear on Riverdale. Since the character has yet to be cast, it is safe to assume this will remain the case for the first season, if not longer. Similarly to Pop Tate, Mr. Lodge would provide a nice window into the past of many of the parental figures, such as Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols), the Andrews and the Coopers.

Once again, it would be great to learn more about another generation of Riverdale's peeps. Since the show has altered the storyline of Veronica's parents (among other changes) the show writers would have lots of creative freedom to play with the character. His spin-off would not even have to interfere with the storyline of Riverdale.

3. Ethel Muggs

'Riverdale' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
'Riverdale' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

Ethel Muggs (Shannon Purser) was always an under-explored character whose primary occupation was to relentlessly chase after the heart of the seemingly asexual foodie Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). With the way Riverdale has been going, it appears as though the show may play around with Jughead's sexuality, putting Ethel's whole premise at risk.

The expression "a way to a man's heart is through his stomach" is essentially Ethel's mantra, but her character has so much more potential than just baking cookies for her wannabe-lover. Given The CW's casting choice, it appears as though they may just be willing to give Ethel the attention she's been craving — just maybe not Jughead's.

Shannon Purser was recently cast as Barb Holland on the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things.

"I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school... I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy..."

4. Reggie Mantle

Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle in 'Riverdale' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle in 'Riverdale' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

Reginald "Reggie" Mantle (Ross Butler) is the frenemy and arch rival of Archibald "Archie" Andrews (K.J. Apa). Though Reggie is one of the main members of the Archie Gang, the depth of his character has not yet been thoroughly explored. Reggie's family members have had rare appearances in the comics and he is constantly dismissed for being an arrogant self-centered prankster.

Reggie has a wild side, a bad temper, and a sarcastic sense of humor—all while displaying occasional glimpses of being a good person. These are all great personality traits to create an antihero that makes viewers laugh. Plus, inserting constant pranks into the show could give some added comic relief to balance out The Vampire Diaries-esque gloominess that has been added to the live-action version of Riverdale.

5. Josie & The Pussycats

This is probably the least surprising choice as it is the most obvious one. Josie and the Pussycats mirror Sabrina the Teenage Witch by having had both a major comic book spin-off by MLJ Comics as well as a popular live-action adaptation. The Josie and the Pussycats movie was released in 2001 starring Rachael Leigh Cook (Josie McCoy), Rosario Dawson (Valerie Brown) and Tara Reid (Melody Valentine).

The band already has plenty of reasons for deserving their very own spin-off. Due to casting choices made for Riverdale, the CW would have a great opportunity to feature three women of color as their protagonists — still too much of a rarity on TV. This show would supply an ideal platform to tackle issues like racism and sexism (which have already been addressed on multiple occasions on the show). Meow!

That's It?

You may be wondering why some otherwise obvious choices did not make the list. Jughead, for example, is the narrator of Riverdale, making it pointless to dedicate an entirely different series to him as he already plays an integral role on the show. The same logic could be applied to Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Veronica Lodge, and Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch).

Dilton Doiley (Major Curda) was also considered, but his character is mostly dedicated to school work, leaving little time to be involved in drama. We all know geniuses can be extremely entertaining, or have you not seen The Big Bang Theory?

Moose Mason (Cody Kearsley) along with a handful of other characters seemed as though they'd be sufficiently explored in Riverdale. If their storyline is already going to be explored, it leaves little room to expand into a spin-off. Having a closeted teenager as a protagonist, particularly in a town like Riverdale, could make for a unique show.

[Credit: Archie Comics / MLJ Comics]
[Credit: Archie Comics / MLJ Comics]

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