Luke Perry’s final ‘Riverdale’ episode will air this week


Luke Perry attending the CW Upfront in New York on May 18, 2017.

Luke Perry attending the CW Upfront in New York on May 18, 2017.

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Fans of “Riverdale” will say goodbye to Luke Perry’s character this week.

Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, the creator of the hit show, announced on Twitter that Wednesday’s episode will mark Perry’s final appearance.

“As always, Fred’s imparting words of wisdom to Archie. A beautiful, true moment between a father and his son. Wish these scenes could go on forever…” Sacasa wrote Sunday.

Perry portrayed Fred Andrews, the father of the show’s star Archie Andrews, until his sudden death in March after suffering from a massive stroke. He was 52.

“Riverdale” executive producers, Warner Bros. Television and the CW issued a joint statement honoring the actor.

“We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all,” the statement read.

“A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness.”

Netflix testing a random episode option for watching shows

Watching Netflix may soon take even less effort than it currently does.

The streaming giant announced it’s testing out a new option that would allow users to tune into series without having to select a specific episode.

“We are testing the ability for members to play a random episode from different TV series on the Android mobile app,” a rep for Netflix said in a statement obtained by the Daily News.

“These tests typically vary in length of time and by region, and may not become permanent.”

Under the current Netflix format, viewers select the series and episode they wish to watch before it starts to stream.

Netflix did not disclose which series are being tested with the new random episode option. The streaming service is home to numerous original series, in addition to shows that previously aired on other networks.

Justin Bieber ends two-year performance hiatus

Musical guests were not on the agenda for Ariana Grande’s second Coachella set. So it’s a bit of an understatement to say fans were surprised when Grande brought out Justin Bieber, effectively ending his two-year performance hiatus.

Bieber’s festival cameo marked his first stage appearance in “like two years, so I had to get my groove back, had to get my swag back,” according to the singer after performing “Sorry.”

Bieber’s last performance was in July 2017, during his 2017 “Purpose” tour, just before the “Love Yourself” singer canceled the last 14 concerts after he “got really depressed on tour.”

The Canadian pop star wasn’t exactly lying low at Coachella, having been spotted Saturday, alongside wife, Hailey Baldwin, as the pair watched Billie Eilish. So it’s unclear just how spontaneous his performance was.

Either way, the “Thank U, Next” singer kept up the illusion until the very last minute, announcing, “I wasn’t going to bring out any guests tonight. But my friend Justin Bieber came all the way out.”

Bieber, who continuously thanked his host after he finished singing, may have oversold the surprise aspect just a tad, saying, “I had no idea I was going to be on a stage tonight. No idea. I wore this fly outfit not knowing I was going to be on stage.” Fans were happy to play along, especially when Bieber left on a particularly high note, telling the crowd, “Album coming soon.”

Bieber’s cameo comes on the heels of Grande’s less-than-perfect set last weekend, marred by what Variety called “near disastrous sound issues” for Nicki Minaj’s own guest slot.

A lot has changed in Bieber’s life since his 2017, most notably, his relationship status.

Following a 12-week courtship and almost decade-long friendship, Bieber, 25, married 22-year-old Baldwin. Since the low-key nuptials, the pair has stayed mostly under the radar, though Bieber opened up on Instagram last month about his current mental health struggles.

Though the singer hinted at his continued musical hiatus, telling fans, “Music is very important to me but nothing comes before my family and my health,” he and Grande collaborated on Lil Dicky’s “Earth” music video, released last week ahead in honor of Earth Day.

Maisie Williams initially thought her sex scene was a prank

Fans of “Game of Thrones” may have been shocked by a certain scene in Sunday’s episode, but no one was more surprised than Maisie Williams herself.

The actress revealed she initially thought the sex scene between her character, Arya Stark, and Gendry, played by Joe Dempsie, was a prank.

“I was like, ‘Yo, good one.’ And (the showrunners were like) like, ‘No, we haven’t done that this year.’ Oh f — k!” she told Entertainment Weekly.

Williams learned of the scene when her costar Sophie Turner, who portrays Sansa Stark, called her after reading the script. Turner told her to skip the rest of the pages and flip to “this scene, this page.”

It was only when Williams and the cast were doing their final season table read that she realized the steamy affair was no joke.

“I got to the read-through and I’m reading the scene and thought, ‘Oh, we’re actually going to do this. When do I shoot this? I need to go to the gym.’ A whole list of things,” she said.

Prior to filming, 22-year-old Williams said the showrunners let her decide how much she wanted to show. She said she ended up keeping herself “pretty private” because she didn’t think it was important for Arya to completely expose herself.

The scene itself, Williams said, was naturally a bit awkward to film.

“In the beginning, everyone was really respectful. No one wants to make you feel uncomfortable which kind of makes you feel more uncomfortable, because no one wants to look at anything that they shouldn’t look at, which in turn makes you feel like you look awful because everyone is kind of like” (Williams averts her eyes). “You want people to act more normal,” she said.

For Dempsie, 31, the scene felt strange considering how long he’s known Williams.

“It’s obviously slightly strange for me because I’ve known Maisie since she was 11, 12 years old,” he told EW. “At the same time, I don’t want to be patronizing toward Maisie. She’s a 20-year-old woman. So we just had a lot of fun with it.”

Luke Perry attending the CW Upfront in New York on May 18, 2017. Perry attending the CW Upfront in New York on May 18, 2017. Dennis Van Tine/Abaca Press/TNS


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