Shannen Doherty to guest star on 'Riverdale' in honor of Luke Perry

Brenda Watkins
July 22, 2019

Shannen Dohertyhas joined Riverdale Season 4 to pay a special tribute to the late Luke Perry. "The care which this show takes in honouring his memory is handsome", alongside two photos with Perry, who was her costar in "Beverly Hills, 90210".

Since his tragic death, the show has been contemplating numerous ways to honor the fallen star.

Though the in-progress third season of the show didn't address Perry's passing, the Season 4 premiere will tackle the real life tragedy head on, with an episode paying tribute to both Perry, and his character, Fred Andrews.

Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California.

In a statement, Aguirre-Sacasa said Perry had wanted Doherty to guest since season 1 of the show. "We really wanted to honor Luke, we really wanted to honor Fred", Aguirre-Sacasa said.

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"There was a very emotional, important role and we sent the script to Shannen and she read it and loved it and said, 'I want to do it, ' so it's about honouring their friendship a little bit". At the time, Doherty expressed that she was "struggling with this loss" and that "processing (it) is impossible".

In terms of how the show will handle Archie losing his father, Aguirre-Sacasa said Molly Ringwald will return in a bigger way, saying, "She'll be Archie's mom more or less full-time this season". "It put the cherry on top of that episode and made a nice tribute".

There were mixed emotions as the Riverdale took the Hall H stage at San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday morning. Honey, in a recurring role. "They were both such unbelievable human beings that we wanted to really, really craft an emotional and deep tribute to him, which is what I hope this episode is".

When Riverdale returns to The CW on October 9, it will be to remember actor Luke Perry, who died unexpectedly during Season 3.

Shannen Doherty is honoring Luke Perry's memory in a special way. She won't be the only fresh face on Riverdale's upcoming season, though: The Fosters star Kerr Smith will take on the role of Mr.

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