August 30, 2016


Barb From 'Stranger Things' Heading to Live-Action 'Archie' TV Show

Curtis Baker/Netflix
Curtis Baker/Netflix

Shannon Purser is on fire, graduating from Stranger Things—her first-ever acting role, as the wonderfully concerned Barb—to The CW's much-anticipated live-action Archie TV show, Riverdale. The show is set for the 2016-'17 mid-season lineup.

Purser, who's been burning up the internet as the cult favorite from Netflix's amazingly successful '80s-set series, will play Ethel Muggs. Entertainment Weekly reports that she'll "be drawn into a friendship with Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) after they team up for a revenge plot on Reggie Mantle, a bully and Archie’s rival." In the comics, Ethel crushes on Jughead; in the show, she'll make heart-eyes at another.

Head here for the full, previously announced official Riverdale description. It's definitely a twist on the comic book source material, which this key art really hammers home:

In the wake of Barbmania, The Ringer's Jason Concepcion recently created a new television statistic, CUPS—content units per scene—to examine the internet's obsession and the resulting deluge of content. Despite appearing in just six scenes, "Barb has generated more than 200,000 pieces, and counting, of individual content units. This means that, by herself, Barb accounts for more than 20 percent of Stranger Things’ total content score (TCS)." 

Concepcion went so far as to postulate that the world "may never again see a more content-rich television character." Ethel Muggs, though? Maybe?

Listen to the Back of the Class podcast talk Stranger Things at the 32:30-mark in the episode below: