By: Ben Bateman
Robin Givens is proud to be a part of CW’s newest hit show Riverdale. Givens, who plays the mayor of the fictional small town, and mother to the musical sensation Josie McCoy took a few minutes Friday morning to talk about diversity on TV, a Josie & The Pussycats spinoff show, and going from a teen to parent on TV.
Riverdale has been praised for its racially diverse cast and exciting take on the classic American comic series, which historically featured a largely white cast of straight characters. When asked about controversy and the importance of minority representation on television Givens, who starred for 5 seasons on the classic show Head of the Class (’86-91), had this to say: “I can’t believe we’re still having this conversation.” “It think it’s unbelievably important that people like me are represented on television.”
Givens experienced widespread notoriety in the late 80’s as an actress, but also in a brief stint married to former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Riverdale features a number of former teen stars from that same era, including Luke Perry and Molly Ringwald. “How did we become the parents,” Givens laughed, as she recounted an experience hanging on set with the 2 aforementioned actors discussing their children.
As well as Perry and Ringwald, Givens plays a parent on Riverdale. Her daughter, played by breakout actress Ashleigh Murray, headlines the show’s local band Josie & The Pussycats. Josie, whose character from the source material was a freckle faced red head, has been a fan favorite already through 2 episodes, and has already been involved in speculation about a spinoff. “I could absolutely see a spinoff coming” stated Givens excitedly when asked about it.
Catch Riverdale on CW Thursday nights at 9pm and make sure to watch the AfterBuzz TV after show every Thursday at 10PM PST or on AfterBuzzTV.com