Luke Perry’s 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty appears in Riverdale tribute

Brenda Watkins
October 10, 2019

Aguirre-Sacasa added that he considers the episode to be a tribute not only to the character of Fred Andrews, but also to Perry himself and the work he did on Riverdale, 90210, and so many other shows and films.

During the season four premiere, which aired in the USA on Wednesday, the audience was informed about Fred's death after his son Archie, played by KJ Apa, discovered he had been killed after stopping at the side of the road to help a stranded driver.

Luke Perry appears as Fred Andrews in an early episode of "Riverdale".

The Riverdale gang dedicated the Season 4 premiere to mourning the untimely death of a beloved character... and a beloved cast member. After a much-deserved summer vacation, Archie, Jughead, Veronica, and Betty are finally back for Season 4, but tonight's premiere won't be your typical episode of Riverdale.

That includes the motorist Fred stopped to help (and whose life Fred ultimately saved), played by Perry's old Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty. They read the script, and then they provided those great photos. "I just froze in its path, and your dad, he pushed me out of the way".

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Welcome back to the quaint little hamlet of Riverdale, the show where anything can and will happen.

"We weren't going to say Fred was on a business trip indefinitely, or never mention him again", Aguirre-Sacasa said. Now that he's gone, Archie will be determined to keep his spirit alive by "trying to do what his father did, which is help his community, help his town, help his friends, make the right choices..." Fred was the show's moral compass and a steady source of support for Archie, a character often torn between his upstanding nature and his impulsive tendencies.

How will Fred Andrews' death be addressed?

"Let's not squeeze, let's not rush to squeeze something into the finale, or into the last couple of episodes, let's really think about it, and let's tell that story at the beginning of season 4".

In an interview with the New York Post, Aguirre-Sacasa shared more details about the upcoming season premiere, "In Memoriam". Another kind of different thing that we chose to do was not include a 'previously on.' We actually had one and The CW very wisely said, 'You know what? We definitely still have insane stories. "It's an episode that's bursting with sadness, but even more so with love".

'I know he's watching from above.

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