Josie, Valerie, and Melody made their Riverdale season 5 debut in “Chapter Ninety-One: The Return of the Pussycats.” The stellar episode was an excellent, music filled reunion for the trio that was a welcome change of pace from the darkness the show has been exploring for the last few episodes.
Spoilers ahead of Riverdale season 5, episode 15
Over the course of an hour block of television, Riverdale took us through the lives of each woman, catching us up on where they are seven years removed from their high school days.
Josie finally made it big and is a world-renowned superstar, Valerie is a barista by trade but an artist and activist by heart, and Melody is a published YA author whose book, Summer Storm, has been optioned to be adapted into a film by Tyler Perry.
All three have their eyes on their future but when tragedy brings them back together unexpectedly, they end up mending the rift between them. Or at least Josie makes amends for ghosting her two friends all those years ago.
It results in a one night only performance at the Whyte Wyrm complete with a rendition of “Josie and the Pussycats” (finally!) and Josie covering “Stars” by Nina Simone in honor of her father. After putting on a show together, Josie extends an invitation for Valerie and Melody to join her on tour as headliners.
It’s a moment that’s expanded upon when a friend of Josie’s father stops by before the Pussycats go on tour and informs Sierra and Josie that he believes foul play may have been involved in her dad’s death.
That information, along with Melody’s periodic voice overs throughout the episode as if the show is building to more story for the Pussycats, has us wondering if Riverdale fans can expect to see a Josie and the Pussycats spin-off series in the near future.
Here’s what we know!
Is a Josie and the Pussycats spin-off series in the works?
As far as Riverdale star Ashleigh Murray is aware, the question of a Josie and the Pussycats series is just that, still a question. She spoke to ET Online ahead of “Chapter Ninety-One: The Return of the Pussycats” and had the following to say about the potential the end of the episode set up:
I don’t know! I don’t know. That is not my decision. That’s not my apartment. My pay grade is a little bit lower than that, so I don’t know. If that’s what they want to do, I’m sure we will all find out about it just as everyone else will. But right now, we have a really lovely episode that everybody gets to enjoy and you can. You can dream. You can imagine, “Oh, this is what could happen. This is where it’s going to go.” They set it up in a really wonderful way, so I don’t know.
Murray’s right. The Riverdale writers set Josie, Valerie, and Melody up for a great spin-off if one is put into development after this episode. There’s already a strong premise for a show that would potentially be called The Pussycats if picked up.
The girls are headed out on a cross-country tour to spread her father’s ashes in the places he loved the most. Suspicion has been cast on the circumstances of his death. They have a destination: New Orleans, Louisiana.
There are even three separate romantic relationships to explore. Josie’s with Sweet Pea who’s coming along on tour. Valerie’s boyfriend ,Allen, who she’s not ready to marry, is also coming along for the ride. There’s also Melody’s girlfriend, Nancy, who’s her biggest cheerleader and super invested in her reaching her dreams.
Not to mention the promise of spirits, mystery, and intrigue given the city the trio are traveling to and the knowledge that Josie’s father had been dabbling in voodoo and ran into some trouble before he died.
If that’s not a show tied up in a bow and catering to The CW‘s specific market and the tastes of its audience base then we don’t know what is.
We’ll keep you posted on more news concerning a potential Josie and the Pussycats spin-off series as it comes in. Hopefully, we hear something soon. Stay tuned to Hidden Remote!