New 'Sabrina' (don't call her a Teenage Witch) series lands at Netflix

Camille Rivera
December 2, 2017

The untitled series, based on the Archie Comics graphic novel "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", was being developed by The CW as a companion to its hit teen drama.

A planned spinoff of The CW's "Riverdale" centered on Sabrina the teenage witch has received a 20-episode, two-season order from Netflix. Lee Toland Krieger will direct and executive produce with Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater.

It's possible that some types of crossover boundaries won't present too much of a problem: Netflix already has streaming rights to last season's Riverdale, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Archie Comics' chief creator (as well as Riverdale scribe and showrunner), wrote the pilot script for Sabrina.

The new series about Sabrina the Teenage Witch is on the move.

The show was initially put into development at The CW in September. This means no greater Archie-verse on the CW (for now), but it at least guarantees that Sabrina fans will get two full seasons of the series, and-without censors-the show will be allowed to go to much spookier (and sexier?) places than it would have on network television. Now, that desire has become a reality, and Sabrina is coming to Netflix.

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Netflix's Sabrina is described as "in the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist and finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit", according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" was spunoff into its own comic book series after the character played a significant role in the comic series "Afterlife with Archie".

One thing is for sure: it seems, based on the description, this version of the classic character will be a total departure from the 1996 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch comedy series starring Melissa Joan Hart.

Expanding the Archie Comics universe may ultimately prove harder for The CW than for Netflix, even though Warner Bros. A premiere date for the show has not been announced yet. No word on if that plan has changed now that the show has jumped from The CW to Netflix.

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