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Bernadette Peters to Play Elegant Con Artist in Riverdale Spin-Off Katy Keene


Kelly Connolly

The New York-iest show on television just got New York-ier. Bernadette Peters has been cast in The CW's upcoming Riverdale spin-off, Katy Keene, as an elegant con artist, Deadline reports.

The Broadway star joins the Riverdale Cinematic Universe's intricate web of Hot Parents as "Ms. Freesia," who serves as a maternal figure to one of Katy's (Lucy Hale) friends, Pepper Smith (Julia Chan). Per Deadline, Ms. Freesia is "a wealthy Upper East sider who secured her luxurious lifestyle through cunning means and is actively forming Pepper in her fabulous image." Acting as Pepper's "eccentrically elegant surrogate mother and mentor," she "taught Pepper in the art of the con."

Katy Keene follows four young aspiring artists trying to make it in New York City. Lucy Hale stars as wannabe fashion designer Katy Keene, who's trying to live her best Carrie Bradshaw life while working as a personal shopper. Pepper is her "It Girl" friend who offers her a link to "the red-velvet-rope crowd."

See the First Full Trailer for Riverdale Spin-Off Katy Keene

Riverdale's Ashleigh Murray departs the original series for Katy Keene to play an older Josie McCoy, who moves to New York to pursue her dreams as a singer. Camille Hyde, Lucien Laviscount, and Jonny Beauchamp also star.

Katy Keene premieres midseason on The CW.

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Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters

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