New 'Sabrina' (don't call her a Teenage Witch) series lands at Netflix
Dec 02 2017
The Sabrina show had been in development in September at The CW as a possible companion-show to Riverdale, as both shows are from Robert Aguirre-Sacasa and are based on characters from the Archie Comic universe. Per T.H.R., Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the ArchieComics chief creative officer who created Riverdale, wrote the pilot script and plans to executive produce the new Sabrina alongside Greg Berlanti-czar of CW's superhero-verse-and Lee Toland Krieger, who directed the Riverdale pilot and will reprise that role on the Sabrina project. Well, it all started with the comic that Chilling Adventures spun out of, Afterlife with Archie, a title that spoofed the company's long-running Life with Archie series. The streaming service has given the series a two-season, 20-episode order, with the first ten episodes set to be filmed from February to June and the second from June to October.
Netflix keeps making more inroads into the world of comics, with word coming that the streaming service has picked up Riverdale spin-off series Sabrina - a supernatural drama that originally had been planned for The CW.
The new series will be far from the light-hearted Sabrina the Teenage Witch that aired on ABC and The WB starting in the late 1990s.
Now in its second season, Riverdale has been teasing the presence of Sabrina Spellman, the teenage sorceress, within the show, but she has yet to appear. This'll be a coming of age tale dealing with horror and the occult as Sabrina must contend with being half-human and half-witch.
Fans of the 1996 Sabrina television series starring Melissa Joan Hart might find themselves thrown for a loop. Under the new deal, Warner Bros. The show, which tells the dark origin story of Sabrina in Riverdale's neighboring town of Greendale, follows Sabrina as she tries to balance being half-witch and half-mortal while fighting against the evil forces threatening her, her family, and the world. However, that list is likely to be reconsidered now that the show is moving to Netflix.