‘Riverdale’ season premiere to honor memory of Luke Perry

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FILE – In this Aug. 6, 2018, file photo, Luke Perry, a cast member in the CW series “Riverdale,” poses for a portrait during the 2018 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. A publicist for the “Riverdale” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” star says the actor has been hospitalized. Arnold Robinson said […]

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Luke Perry will be honored in the season premiere of “Riverdale,” with his former “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star Shannen Doherty guest starring.

Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, told a TV critics meeting on Sunday that the episode is “a moving piece” and “a tribute to our friend and a well-respected actor.”

Perry died in March at age 52 after a massive stroke. His death occurred in the middle of filming for season three and wasn’t mentioned on the show. Producers opted until the season four premiere airing Oct. 9 to address what happened to Perry’s character Fred Andrews, the father of Archie.

Molly Ringwald is expected to have a bigger role as Archie’s mother.

Doherty stars in Fox’s “BH90210” reboot series debuting Wednesday. It’s expected to also honor Perry.

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