New Sabrina Series Gets Two-Season Order from Netflix

Nick Sanchez
December 2, 2017

Netflix has picked up a show based on the character of Sabrina the teenage witch - but don't expect it to bear much resemblance to "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch".

Aguirre-Sacasa, Archie Comics' chief creative officer, has written the script for Sabrina, and will executive produce alongside the folks behind Riverdale. The now untitled Sabrina series will be based on the Archie Comics' graphic novel The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

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 show was initially put into development at The CW in September.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was initially set to be a companion series to The CW's Riverdale. So, when will the Sabrina reboot be on Netflix? 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. The streaming giant has committed to 20-episodes of the show, which The Hollywood Reporter describes as two 10-episode seasons that will shoot back to back.

In the introduction to Chilling Adventures' original collected edition, Aguirre-Sacasa said this of the comics' tone: "If Afterlife with Archie was about Lovecraft and zombies and body horror, Sabrina would be more psychological, a bit more subtle (but only a bit), a bit more sexual (as stories about witches often are)". THR says the CW and Warner Bros.

Melissa Joan Hart previously played the character in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which ran for four seasons on ABC and then moved to The WB its final three seasons.

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.

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