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Lucy Hale heads up Riverdale’ spinoff, ‘Fantasy Island’

CW’s “Riverdale” is the prime-time destination for teen soap opera, neo-noir mystery and plenty of death, while Netflix’s “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is the streaming home for coming-of-age witchy doings with a touch of devil worship.

In contrast, Lucy Hale’s lucky to call her new CW series “Katy Keene” (Thursdays, 8 EST/PST) the “Sex and the City” of the Archie-verse. “It’s a show about dreamers who are living in New York, and they’re just trying to figure life out. No one in our show is getting murdered.”

A spinoff set five years after “Riverdale,” “Katy” centers on its title character (Hale, best known for “Pretty Little Liars”), who works at a department store and harbors dreams of becoming a fashion designer. She’s surrounded by her friends and roommates: Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), a Riverdale native trying to make it as a singer; Pepper Smith (Julia Chan), a mercurial sort with big artistic plans; and Jorge Lopez (Jonny Beauchamp), who juggles a popular drag show and Broadway ambitions.

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Lucy Hale, a veteran of "Pretty Little Liars," heads up the new CW show "Katy Keene."

Hale wrapped up filming the first season of “Katy” last week, but “she’s already like a tiny part of me.” In addition, the 30-year-old Memphis native appears on the big screen this Friday in “Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island,” a horror reimagining of the classic ABC show in which guests at a tropical resort are granted wishes that turn into nightmares.

Hale talks with USA TODAY about why she’s “Keene” on Katy, and her pick for a fantasy musical chat.

Katy (Lucy Hale) shares a New York moment with her friends Josie (Ashleigh Murray), Jorge (Jonny Beauchamp) and Pepper (Julia Chan) in "Katy Keene."

Question: Katy’s a woman still trying to figure out a lot of stuff. Did you find connections between her life and yours as an artist?

Answer: The first time I read the script, it reminded me of the younger version of me moving to LA and auditioning and being broke and having really great friends and not really knowing what you’re doing but just having your eye on the prize. So there were definitely a lot of parallels. And still to this day, it’s a journey, right? It’s not a destination.

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