The Sabrina the Teenage Witch spin-off from the CW's hot Archie show Riverdale is coming to Netflix. The now untitled Sabrina series will be based on the Archie Comics' graphic novel The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Instead, the untitled spinoff about the teenage witch, previously working under the title of THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, is moving to Netflix.
The project started as a pilot in development for The CW for next season. 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.
An upfront commitment to make 20 episodes right out of the gate, however, would have been far less likely on The CW.
A lot of the same creatives that helped bring Riverdale to life will also be bringing Sabrina to the small screen as well. Under the new deal, Warner Bros.More news: YouTube Unveils Its Own Stories-Like Feature With 'Reels', Revamps Community
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Sabrina's acquisition sheds light on Netflix's plan for the future: comic book adaptations. The series is described as being tonally in the vein of horror classics like "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist", and will see Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit. Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. TV. It aired on ABC for its first four, then moved to The WB (now The CW) for its final three.Season 1 of "Riverdale" is currently available on Netflix, which is credited with boosting the show's ratings in Season 2.
There's a good chance that "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" could even end up becoming a bigger his than "Riverdale" itself - after all, there's an awfully big fanbase out there who remember the Melissa Joan Hart show with fondness.
No firm date has been given for the show's premiere, but it is expected to drop sometime in 2018.