Netflix is making a new show based on Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Peter Castro
December 2, 2017

Now, as any Riverdale fan knows, outbrooding Jughead Jones is an extremely tall order, but, having read the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic ... yeah, she's definitely up to it. Executive producers include Berlanti, Aguirre-Sacasa, Krieger, Sarah Schechter, and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater.

The untitled series, based on the Archie Comics graphic novel "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", was being developed by The CW as a companion to its hit teen drama. Under The CW's umbrella, Riverdale has a decided head start on creating a well-established context for both tales.

The Netflix series is based on Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack's horror comic, and will tell the story of Sabrina's occult origins.

An upfront commitment to make 20 episodes right out of the gate, however, would have been far less likely on The CW. Now, that desire has become a reality, and Sabrina is coming to Netflix. "Riverdale" is now outperforming its first season to the tune of 50 percent in the key ratings measures.

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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. Additionally, by going with Netflix, WBTV is retaining full ownership of the Sabrina series. The character had her own live-action sitcom starting in 1996, with Melissa Joan Hart in the role. No word on whether we'll see the comic's villain, Madam Satan, in the show, but we wouldn't bet against it.

Netflix's Sabrina is described as "in the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist and finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit", according to the Hollywood Reporter.

While THR focuses on the popularity of Riverdale as a strong incentive for Netflix to take the show all by itself, it also works to capture an audience not always well-served by Netflix's current library: millennials and younger, primarily women, and a rabid fanbase.

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