'Riverdale' Spin-Off 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' Coming to Netflix

'Riverdale' Spin-Off 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' Coming to Netflix

'Riverdale' Spin-Off 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' Coming to Netflix

The new, as-yet-untitled series (which we're betting will be called Sabrina for simplicity's sake), will be mostly inspired from the critically acclaimed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book series written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack, which gave fans an updated and modern re-imagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch's occult origins. Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the chief creative officer of Archie Comics, wrote the script for the Sabrina spin-off. Well, it all started with the comic that Chilling Adventures spun out of, Afterlife with Archie, a title that spoofed the company's long-running Life with Archie series.

The series' move is somewhat reminiscent to The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, originally picked up by NBC for a midseason run before Netflix stepped in with a two-season order.

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'Riverdale' Spin-Off 'Sabrina' Heading to Netflix

Billed as a companion series to the CW hit Riverdale, Sabrina was in development at The CW as reported back in September. Now, that desire has become a reality, and Sabrina is coming to Netflix. It aired on ABC for its first four, then moved to The WB (now The CW) for its final three.Season 1 of "Riverdale" is currently available on Netflix, which is credited with boosting the show's ratings in Season 2. Riverdale has been a success story for both the CW and the streaming service, which has domestic SVOD rights to the dark, soapy drama and carries it internationally in many territories. The original plan was to have Sabrina show up during an episode of Riverdale before spinning-off into her own series.

The Sabrina series will mark the first Riverdale offshoot-the second installment in a potentially vast collection of small-screen stories. No word on whether we'll see the comic's villain, Madam Satan, in the show, but we wouldn't bet against it. The character had her own live-action sitcom starting in 1996, with Melissa Joan Hart in the role. However, that list is likely to be reconsidered now that the show is moving to Netflix.

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