A planned spinoff of The CW's "Riverdale" centered on Sabrina the teenage witch has received a 20-episode, two-season order from Netflix. The Sabrina series is set up under Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. 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.
As Deadline points out, the shift from The CW to Netflix is likely a response to Riverdale's popularityon the streaming service. Lee Toland Krieger will direct and executive produce with Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater.
Netflix is bringing Sabrina the Teenage Witch back to television, but with a "chilling" twist. Netflix's interest in Sabrina is not surprising.
A project that was originally going to be developed for The CW has found a new home.
There's a dark and twisted take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch in the works at Netflix. If Sabrina follows its source material, fans should expect something spooky and dark, a departure from the classic Sabrina The Teenage Witch TV series from the '90s. This dark coming-of-age story deals with horror, the occult, and witchcraft and finds Sabrina struggling to reconcile her dual nature (being half-witch and half-mortal) while protecting her family and the world from the forces of evil.
It's unclear how the Sabrina series will relate to Riverdale now that it will be on a different network, but it still has the same creative team behind it. Crossovers, however, would seem more unlikely now. Live ratings from the second season premiere jumped 60 percent from the first, according to The Hollywood Reporter, in large part because many new viewers had watched the first season on Netflix.
Expanding the Archie Comics universe may ultimately prove harder for The CW than for Netflix, even though Warner Bros. No word on whether we'll see the comic's villain, Madam Satan, in the show, but we wouldn't bet against it.
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