Horror-inspired Riverdale spinoff, Sabrina, is coming to Netflix

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

The new series will reportedly be based on Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a supernatural horror series from Archie Comics' horror imprint. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who serves as showrunner for Sabrina's predecessor, will write the pilot for the new show.

The series will be based on Aguirre-Sacasa's 2014 graphic novel "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", a decidedly darker take on the character than the ABC-WB sitcom that ran from 1996-2003 and starred Melissa Joan Hart.

Much like Josie of Pussycat fame, Sabrina has been ripe for inclusion in "Riverdale" for a while - if there's anything missing from the dark, gritty, sexy teen drama, it's a fledgling witch that is struggling to learn how to control her powers. The original plan was to have Sabrina show up during an episode of Riverdale before spinning-off into her own series.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sabrina films the two, 10-episode seasons back to back starting this winter and through the fall.

Moving Sabrina from the CW to Netflix makes sense, since Riverdale's viewership quadrupled in its second season after the first season dropped on the streaming platform. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature - half-witch, half-mortal - while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit. Television's Berlanti Productions, which is producing Sabrina for Netflix, has most of its scripted series airing over on The CW.

Expanding the Archie Comics universe may ultimately prove harder for The CW than for Netflix, even though Warner Bros. Netflix hasn't issued any information about how the series would be rolled out, but assuming we could see the two seasons in one calendar year looks like a good bet. 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.

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