Riverdale is currently in production on its second season, which is set to debut (and hopefully resolve that cliffhanger) next month. Unfortunately, the biggest news to come out of Season 2 so far has nothing to do with Archie's exploits and everything to do with what's happening behind the scenes. Star K.J. Apa recently was involved in a car accident that resulted in a totaled vehicle and a lot of angry people. Early reports indicated that Apa fell asleep behind the wheel because he worked a 16-hour day and had to drive himself home after midnight. Now, Riverdale production company Warner Bros. TV has responded to the incident, and their story is a little different.
Warner Bros. released a statement that (via The Wrap) that they are "extremely grateful" that K.J. Apa was not injured in the accident that totaled his car, but that wasn't all the production studio had to say. In fact, Warner Bros. went on to dispute some of the initial claims about the accident. According to Warner Bros., Apa worked 14.2 hours on the day of the crash, not the previously reported 16 hours. Admittedly, 14.2 hours is still a lot. Nevertheless, the statement makes the point that the regular actors do not work the same hours every day, or are even required on set every day. According to their data, Apa worked only 2.5 hours the previous day, and 7.7 hours the day before.
The statement also mentions that K.J. Apa has been informed on multiple occasions that if he feels to tired or unsafe to drive himself home, he can tell the production team and they will arrange either a ride or accommodations for him. This does seem to be the protocol for Warner Bros. TV shows that film in Vancouver, as the availability of a taxi or hotel room as alternatives to driving home was mentioned in the original reports of the accident.
Furthermore, the Warner Bros. statement says that K.J. Apa was never actually taken to a local hospital for observation as had been previously asserted. Instead, Warner Bros. says that Apa received treatment on the scene of the crash from first responders, and went home once he was given a clean bill of health. A doctor was reportedly sent by WB later in the day to confirm that Apa hadn't suffered any serious injuries in the accident.
At this point, we can't say for absolutely certain what happened that K.J. Apa crashed his car after a day of work, but there is an investigation that will ideally get to the bottom of the issue. Deadline reports that SAG-AFTRA is sending a team to the Riverdale set to review the circumstances that may have led to the incident. Sadly, this isn't the first time in recent months that SAG has had to visit a set following a big accident; the union also visited the set of The Walking Dead after the tragic death of a stuntman.
We'll have to wait and see what happens next. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and be sure to check out our fall TV premiere schedule to discover when Riverdale and plenty of other shows will return to the airwaves. If you missed the first season of Riverdale, you can catch up on Netflix. Our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule is worth a look as well.