'Riverdale' Spin-Off 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' Coming to Netflix

Emilio Banks
December 2, 2017

Executive producers include Berlanti, Aguirre-Sacasa, Krieger, Sarah Schechter, and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater.

While most other popular Archie Comics characters are in Riverdale, Sabrina the Teenage Witch had been conspicuously missing from the CW's Archie-themed drama series, so it made sense when the network announced in September that it was developing a separate series about the young witch. Under The CW's umbrella, Riverdale has a decided head start on creating a well-established context for both tales.

Based on Netflix's track record with comic adaptations and great original shows, this series has the potential to become an excellent series with a fresh take on the supernatural teen drama.

Cheers Witches! Netflix Swoops Dark'Sabrina the Teenage Witch Reboot From The CW
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An upfront commitment to make 20 episodes right out of the gate, however, would have been far less likely on The CW. TV will retain total ownership of the Sabrina series, whereas "Riverdale" is a co-production with CBS TV Studios.

"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". 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. The Sabrina series is set up under Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. 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.

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. As we've seen, Netflix is also willing to spend plenty of money on shows - which could mean a noticeable bump up in quality for the show.

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