Shannen Doherty Joins ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 in Luke Perry Tribute

Variety | 7/21/2019 | Will Thorne
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“Riverdale” is planning to make a special tribute to Luke Perry.

The show’s executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced at Comic-Con that Shannen Doherty, Perry’s longtime friend and “Beverly Hills 90210” co-star, will guest star in the season 4 premiere. The tribute episode will “reflect Perry’s enduring legacy and the indelible imprint his character” Fred Andrews had on the series. Precise details on Doherty’s character are being kept under wraps, but Aguirre-Sacasa described it as “very emotional.”

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Perry died in March, 2019 at the age of 52 after suffering a major stroke. At the time, Doherty expressed that she was “struggling with this loss” and that “processing (it) is impossible.”

Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that he and Perry had been planning to have Doherty on the show for some time and that her presence in the series is “something that Luke wanted to happen since season 1.” Perry played the father to KJ Apa’s Archie.

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“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. She read the script and immediately said ‘yes.’ It’s very impactful,” said Aguirre-Sacasa.

Doherty will star in the “BH90210” reboot series, alongside original stars Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling, which is coming to Fox later this year and will also honor Perry in some form.

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The panel kicked off with Aguirre-Sacasa unveiling a video of Perry’s best moments from the show which was played for the cast during last season’s wrap party.

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