Sabrina the Teenage Witch Series Coming to Netflix

Danny Woods
December 2, 2017

Perhaps streaming results from Riverdale appearing on Netflix enticed the streaming giant to make a move in acquiring Sabrina for themselves.

Sources say that the show is set to shoot back-to-back with the first series of episodes filming from February to June and the second from June to October.

The one-hour drama is based on the comic "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", which reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and witchcraft. The show is being developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the showrunner on the dark "Riverdale" series also based on Archie Comics' characters. According to the report, the show will be created by numerous same people who worked on Riverdale, with creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writing the pilot and Lee Toland Krieger directing, just as the duo did for the previous show. The Hollywood Reporter reports several actresses engaged in talks to star as Sabrina.

So uh, maybe don't expect a laugh track à la beloved sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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The relationship between Riverdale and Netflix has already been mutually beneficial, with the viewership of the CW series quadrupling during season 2 after the first season of the teen noir became available to stream online. Netflix is the flawless place for a creepy, spooky horror show that's also wrapped up in teenage melodrama. Sabrina should fit right in if all goes according to the plan.

But now that Netflix has snapped up what The CW began with Sabrina, there'll be a waiting game until fans find out how much crossover, if any, Netflix has in store.

And, as we've seen with its ever-expanded Marvel roster, Netflix has demonstrated an aggressive tendency to acquire and grow new stories told within the same universe. Sabrina seems to be an extension of this strategy.

The show will be titled "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", no doubt a decision that was made to really hammer home the idea that this ain't your mommy's Sabrina, but rather, an extension of the same weird universe that features Archie having statutory affairs with his teachers in between classes.

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