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Lucy Hale Will Guest-Star On 'Riverdale' Ahead Of Katy Keene's Premiere

Katy Keene is going to receive quite the warm welcome from the other Archieverse characters before she takes center stage on her own series. On Dec. 4, it was announced that Lucy Hale will guest star on Riverdale in a much-anticipated crossover event that has Riverdale's Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) traveling to New York for a college interview. While there, she'll hang out with her old friend Katy (Hale), which will give audiences the chance to meet the new character before diving into her spinoff series. The Riverdale crossover episode is set for Wednesday, Feb. 5, the day before Katy Keene premieres.

Executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi said in a statement:

Before Katy Keene officially premieres, we all thought it would be super-fun to do a crossover that took Veronica to Katy's world — New York City — and established Katy in the Riverdale universe. For our first Riverdale/Katy crossover, we couldn't be more excited that it's old friends Veronica and Katy — Cami and Lucy — having fun and heart-to-hearts!

Katy Keene is set in New York City five years after the events in Riverdale. It follows aspiring fashion designer Katy, who chases her dreams alongside her friends. And while Veronica's trip to the Big Apple will be the first Riverdale/Katy Keene crossover, it won't be the only one. In fact, former Riverdale character Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) will be one of the main characters in Katy Keene once she moves to the Big Apple to follow her dreams of being a music superstar.

Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted about Veronica and Katy's upcoming crossover moment, along with a photo of Mendes (as Veronica) on set; if you look very closely, you can also spot Hale's reflection in the mirror.

This crossover episode will feature Katy in the Riverdale timeline, meaning she'll be five years younger than the Katy fans will get to know in the new series. Looking ahead, there's no word yet on whether more Riverdale characters (beyond Josie) will make an appearance in Katy Keene's future timeline, but it certainly would be fun to get a peek at what Archie and the gang are up to five years down the line. Fans can only hope they'll be treated to even more crossovers as Riverdale and Katy Keene continue.

The Riverdale crossover episode airs Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. ET. Katy Keene premieres Thursday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.