Last updated on December 10th, 2021
Here’s an article from the New York Times about the current and future plans of Archie Comics to revive its characters in the public eye. Should note the article contains a spoiler to anyone who’s been reading the “Life With Archie” revival:
Nice to see Archie’s trying to stay relevant, even if it’s battling against the image that it’s some relic from the 50s. While I don’t want to see the “tail” wagging the “dog” (as is the case with Marvel and DC, where the comics are nowadays secondary or an afterthought to the characters’ TV shows, movies, etc.), I do think it’d help if they got the characters back on TV, either as another animated series (the last ones were “Archie’s Weird Mysteries” and “Sabrina’s Secret Life,” airing almost 10 years ago and, in the latter’s case, mostly overseas) or as a live-action sitcom.
Given the success of all those live-action sitcoms on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon (iCarly, Hannah Montana, etc.), I’d think Archie would be perfect for a Nickelodeon/Disney-style sitcom—teenagers obsessed with dating, getting involved in various wacky-but-family-friendly-hijinks, etc. Another bonus is that the core characters are all part of a (bubblegum) rock band, a la Jonas Brothers/Hannah Montana, which could lead to music tie-ins (CD sales, etc.). Finally, Sabrina’s sitcom in the 90s and 2000s was quite successful (reviving her comic, some merchandise, and several animated series). I assume from the new leadership at Archie, all of this (and others) are already being considered…