RIVERDALE has cast Glee star Erinn Westbrook as new lead role for season 5 – and her character sparks a bitter family feud.
The 29-year-old actress, who is best known for role as Cheerios captain Bree in the musical comedy series, has now joined the popular teen drama.
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Erinn will play the role of Tabitha Tate, an aspiring entrepreneur, who is the granddaughter of Alvin Sanders' Pop Tate.
The exciting news came about yesterday when Deadline reported that the her new onscreen alter-ego comes to town to help make business changes to her grandad's diner Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe.
However, not all the family is happy with her trying to make her mark on the business, which causes arguments between them all.
Season 4 of the CW show premiered in October last year, and just three months later it was announced that it had been renewed for a fifth series, due to air in January 2021.
In May Executive producer and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed that the fifth season will move forward several years.
The cast, who signed off of season 4 still in high school, will fast forward past their university years.
He told TV Line: "We've been talking and planning on doing a time jump, and of course, usually time-jumps happen in between seasons, because there's a tease at the very end."
The show boss also confirmed that the shake up will not kick in at the start of season 5, as they are keen to film the three episodes that weren't able to happen due to the pandemic.
"So, what we're doing is picking up right where we left off for the first three episodes, and then doing a time jump… after those three episodes.''
Erinn will be joined by KJ Apa, who plays Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones) and Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge) on screen for the interesting new shake-up.
But it looks like fans may have to wait a little longer until Riverdale is back on their screens.
Yesterday it was reported that production of the CW series was been shut down again, amid coronavirus testing delays.
Variety reported that they have paused production in British Columbia, Canada, again because of the testing issues,.
The Vancouver testing lab is prioritising testing in schools and it's not clear how long the delays will be.
Although there is good news for impatient fans after Aguirre-Sacasa shared a behind-the-scenes look at season five's first scene being filmed on September 14.
Back in June Vanessa Morgan – who plays Toni Topaz in Riverdale – blasted the show's writers for making black characters "sidekicks" and claimed that she's "paid the least".
She took to Twitter to share her frustrations with her 762.7k followers.
She wrote: "Tired of how black people are portrayed in media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry scary people.
"Tired of us also being used as sidekick non dimensional characters to our white leads.
"Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show. It starts with the media. I'm not being quiet anymore."
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Aguirre promised "change" and "to do better" after the actress made those claims.
He said: Change is happening and will continue to happen," he said. "Riverdale will get bigger, not smaller. Riverdale will be part of the movement, not outside it.
"All of the Riverdale writers made a donation to [Black Lives Matter LA], but we know where the work must happen for us. In the writers' room."
Riverdale is available to stream on Netflix now.
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