Molly Ringwald Moves Into ‘Riverdale’ Just In Time For Homecoming

By December 14, 2016

If you’re a child of the 1980s, you might want to sit down.

Molly Ringwald – you know, that great actress not only from The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes, but also from some of the best teen movies of all time like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club – is coming to The CW. But she’ll be playing … a mom.

Ringwald has been cast to play Archie’s mother, Mary Andrews, in the network’s comics-inspired drama Riverdale, according to Deadline.

Mary left Riverdale two years ago to follow her dreams, but blows back into town in her family’s hour of need. She not only reconnects with Archie and her husband Fred (Luke Perry), but also her former high school friends Hermione and Alice. Her reappearance coincides with the homecoming dance.

Ringwald will appear in the 10th and 11th episodes, according to the trade publication. That would put her episodes in late March to early April, according to the current CW schedule.

While she might not be as famous today, Ringwald was an original member of the so-called “Brat Pack” of the 1980s, although she didn’t appear in St. Elmo’s Fire in 1985. The Brat Pack included the primary cast members of both St. Elmo’s and another film that year, the cult classic Breakfast Club.

Other Brat Pack members included Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy.

Ringwald has indeed stayed busy since her Brat Pack days, however.

She played Frannie Goldsmith in the television miniseries The Stand from Stephen King in 1994, and later spent five years on The Secret Life of the American Teenager on the former ABC Family.

More recently, Ringwald appeared in the Canadian series Raising Expectations where she played the wife of Wayne Wayney, played by Beverly Hills 90210 alum Jason Priestley. Which is interesting, because on Riverdale, her husband will be played by another famous 90210 alum, Luke Perry.

Riverdale is set to premiere Jan. 26, and stars K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camilia Mendes and Lili Reinhart.

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  • John Ikarus

    The Secret Life of the American Teenager was one of the worst shows on tv of all time.
    The acting and writing was stupid bad,
    Even Molly Ringwald and Shailene Woodley were bad.