Riverdale seen on M-Net (DStv 101) is dedicating the remainder of the third season of the series to Luke Perry (52) who died on Monday after suffering a massive stroke, with the latest episode that was broadcast on Wednesday in the United States that added an "In Memoriam" card to the end-credits, and with M-Net also adding its own full-screen slides on the M-Net and M-Net City (DStv 115) channels before and after the episode it showed.
Production on Riverdale shut down for a few days to give the cast and crew time to grieve.
Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced that the remainder of Riverdale's latest season will be dedicated to Luke Perry.
It's not yet clear what will happen to the character or how Luke Perry's abrupt death will impact the storyline and whether the character of Fred will be written out, killed off or recast.
In Wednesday's episode - the 14th episode of the third season - Fred saved his son Archie's life after another bot Ricky tried to kill him with a knife.
"Tonight's episode of Riverdale finds Fred doing what he does best - helping Archie. It is dedicated to Luke, as all episodes will be for the rest of our run," wrote Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Going through pictures on my way to set. From the early days. With Luke in the middle. Our heart, always. Tonight’s episode of #Riverdale finds Fred doing what he does best--helping Archie. It is dedicated to Luke, as all episodes will be for the rest of our run. 💔❤️🏆 pic.twitter.com/Nx8iCFBoMe— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) March 6, 2019
The second season of Riverdale is currently broadcast on M-Net City (DStv 115) with the third season that is on M-Net (DStv 101).
South Africa and M-Net are 7 episodes behind the United States on Riverdale, meaning the episode with the "In Memoriam" card attached to the episode will be broadcast in Africa on M-Net at the end of April.
Meanwhile M-Net added its own In Memoriam slide before and after the current episodes of Riverdale shown on M-Net and M-Net City.