Just as Riverdale is a darker take on the classic comics series, Sabrina will do the same for everyone's favorite witch. The CW has revealed that the spinoff series focused on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch has been picked up for two seasons, but instead of being on The CW alongside Archie Andrews and his pals, her show will be a Netflix Original Series.
Aguirre-Sacasa, Archie Comics' chief creative officer, has written the script for Sabrina, and will executive produce alongside the folks behind Riverdale.
Netflix has had a lot of success streaming the first season of Riverdale, and The CW also got great returns from having the teen-oriented show on the streaming platform, raising the ratings 60 percent for its second season when it premiered this fall.
The project started as a pilot in development for The CW for next season. The Sabrina series is set up under Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros.More news: Michael Flynn to Plead Guilty Over False Statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation
Sabrina's acquisition sheds light on Netflix's plan for the future: comic book adaptations. The show, which tells the dark origin story of Sabrina in Riverdale's neighboring town of Greendale, follows Sabrina as she tries to balance being half-witch and half-mortal while fighting against the evil forces threatening her, her family, and the world. 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. TV will retain total ownership of the Sabrina series, whereas "Riverdale" is a co-production with CBS TV Studios.
There's a good chance that "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" could even end up becoming a bigger his than "Riverdale" itself - after all, there's an awfully big fanbase out there who remember the Melissa Joan Hart show with fondness. 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.