Shannen Doherty joins ‘Riverdale’ season 4 in Luke Perry tribute

Riverdale” is planning to make a special tribute to Luke Perry.

The show’s executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced at Comic-Con that Shannen Doherty, Perry’s longtime friend and “Beverly Hills 90210” co-star, will guest star in the season 4 premiere. The tribute episode will “reflect Perry’s enduring legacy and the indelible imprint his character” Fred Andrews had on the series. Precise details on Doherty’s character are being kept under wraps, but Aguirre-Sacasa described it as “very emotional.”

Perry died in March, 2019 at the age of 52 after suffering a major stroke. At the time, Doherty expressed that she was “struggling with this loss” and that “processing (it) is impossible.”

Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that he and Perry had been planning to have Doherty on the show for some time and that her presence in the series is “something that Luke wanted to happen since season 1.” Perry played the father to KJ Apa’s Archie.

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American actor Luke Perry, circa 1992. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Luke Perry (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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Luke Perry at the 7th Annual Nancy Susan Reynolds Awards, Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - 1990s: American actor Luke Perry, who appears in the television series 'Beverly Hills, 90210', during a press conference at the Sydney Hyatt Hotel in the 1990s in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Peter Carrette Archive/Getty Images)
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Luke Perry at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Luke Perry at the Hollywood Women's Press Club's 51st Annual Golden Apple Awards, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry and Jennie Garth at the 7th Annual Nancy Susan Reynolds Awards, Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry at the 3rd Annual Reid Rondell Association Celebrity Enduro Race, Saugus Speedway, Saugus. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry and Billy Wirth at the First Annual MTV Rock N' Jock B-Ball Celebrity Charity Baseball Game, Gersten Pavilion at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry at the 1992 Carousel of Hope Ball, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry and Minnie Sharp at the Preview for 'Sunset Blvd', Shubert Theatre, Century City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Luke Perry and Elle MacPherson at the 2nd Annual Kids for Kids Family Carnival Benefit Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Industria Superstudio, New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Faye Dunaway and Luke Perry during Elizabeth Glasser Pediatric Aids Foundation in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 10: Luke Perry is on hand at Planet Hollywood party celebrating his return to the TV show 'Beverly Hills 90210.' Perry, who donated the guitar that hung on wall of his room in earlier episodes of the series to the restaurant's memorabilia collection, says he can't play the instrument. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Luke Perry at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Luke Perry at the Star-Studded Kick-Off Party for The Rock 'N' Road Rally Hosted by Astrella Leitch & Jack Healey, Pier 59 at Chelsea Pier, New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Luke Perry and Tiffani Thiessen at the 2004 Target A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
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Luke Perry attends The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror XX And 20th Anniversary Party on October 18, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Luke Perry of the series 'Riverdale' attends The CW Network's 2016 New York Upfront at The London Hotel on May 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Luke Perry attends the Build Series to discuss 'Riverdale' at Build Studio on October 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Luke Perry speaks onstage at the Riverdale Sneak Peek and Q&A during New York Comic Con at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on October 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for New York Comic Con)
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“They were such good friends, and when we were putting together this tribute episode, we wanted to make it as special as possible, and so we asked Shannen to do a pivotal, super-emotional role. She read the script and immediately said ‘yes.’ It’s very impactful,” said Aguirre-Sacasa.

Doherty will star in the “BH90210” reboot series, alongside original stars Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling, which is coming to Fox later this year and will also honor Perry in some form.

The panel kicked off with Aguirre-Sacasa unveiling a video of Perry’s best moments from the show which was played for the cast during last season’s wrap party.

“When Luke passed it was toward she need of season 3 and we thought rather than rush an episode in we would take our time,” the showrunner said. “We really wanted to honor Luke, to honor Fred and we wanted it to be a standalone, really emotional, really focused on what this character meant to this group of people.”

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Circa 1995, Studio portrait of the cast of the television series, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' 1990s. Clockwise from bottom left: Brian Austin Green, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Luke Perry, Gabrielle Carteris, Mark Espinoza, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth. (Photo by Fox Broadcasting/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MARCH 17: Beverly Hills 90210 stars Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, producer Aaron Spelling, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry pose for a portrait in the Press Room during the 1992 People's Choice Awards on March 17, 1992 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - The cast of 'Beverly Hills 90210' at the People's Choice Awards, 17th March 1992. From left to right, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling, Aaron Spelling, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Luke Perry and Tori Spelling (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Brian Austin Green, Gabrielle Carteris, Joe E. Tata, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth & Tori Spelling (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Tiffani Amber Thiesen, Vanessa Marcel, Gabrielle Carteris, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Joe E. Tata, Vincent Young, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green & Luke Perry (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
UNITED STATES - Actors Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling and Luke Perry of 'Beverly Hills 90210' at the People's Choice Awards, 17th March 1992. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - Actors Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling and Luke Perry of 'Beverly Hills 90210' at the People's Choice Awards, 17th March 1992.(Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry at the 18th Annual People's Choice Awards, Universal Studios, Universal City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, and Luke Perry at the 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, and Luke Perry at the 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Beverly Hills 90210's Luke Perry and Jason Binn circa 1992 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Binn/WireImage)
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Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones on the show, discussed what it was like working with Doherty.

“It was cathartic for all of us, it put the cherry on top of that episode and made a nice tribute. She was overjoyed to have the ability to share some of the burden of Luke’s passing that she had gone through in a cathartic setting with the rest of us,” Sprouse said.

Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that Molly Ringwald will step into a more prominent role in season 4 and become a “more or less full mom” to Archie this season.

In other casting news related to The CW series, Kerr Smith (“The Fosters, Life Unexpected”) is joining season 4 in the role of Riverdale High’s new principal Mr. Honey. Smith will make his first appearance in the recurring role in episode 2. His character is described as “a bit of a hard-ass who takes a harder line with the students this year, especially with the seniors.”

“Riverdale” also stars Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Charles Melton, Vanessa Morgan, Skeet Ulrich, with Mädchen Amick.

Based on the Archie Comics characters, the show hails from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater are executive producers.

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