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

Jay Jacobs
December 2, 2017

As Deadline points out, the shift from The CW to Netflix is likely a response to Riverdale's popularityon the streaming service.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, chief creative officer of Archie Comics, will serve as writer and executive producer. Inspired by the comic book series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the show will reimagine the the story of Sabrina the Teenage Witch with a darker, more horror-oriented storyline.

The new, as-yet-untitled series (which we're betting will be called Sabrina for simplicity's sake), will be mostly inspired from the critically acclaimed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book series written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack, which gave fans an updated and modern re-imagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch's occult origins.

The project started as a pilot in development for The CW for next season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sabrina films the two, 10-episode seasons back to back starting this winter and through the fall. TV will retain total ownership of the Sabrina series, whereas "Riverdale" is a co-production with CBS TV Studios.

“Riverdale” Sabrina the Teenage Witch Spinoff Moves From The CW to Netflix

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.

The character of Sabrina has been the focus of discussion since Riverdale's inception, when Aguirre-Sacasa indicated a strong desire to see the teenage witch show up in town and then ultimately lead her own series. Instead, it is envisioned as a "dark coming-of-age story", with Sabrina Spellman battling evil forces while also trying to be a normal half-human / half-witch teenager.

No firm date has been given for the show's premiere, but it is expected to drop sometime in 2018.

This new show will run for at least two seasons, and will be set in the same universe as "Riverdale", meaning that it's not impossible for characters from the hit show to turn up to get in Sabrina's way periodically.

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