Netflix, I see you. In a surprising turn of events, the “in development” Sabrina The Teenage Witch series is leaving the CW and headed to Netflix with a 20 episode, 2 season order! This will not be your TGIF Sabrina The Teenage Witch, (although I would LOVE to see Melissa Joan Hart play one of her aunts).
Previously, we here at That Hashtag Show released the EXCLUSIVE Character Breakdown of the Sabrina the CW was looking for in their Sabrina. But will Netflix continue down this path?
Originally developed by the CW to be a sister series to Riverdale, the change definitely comes as a surprise. Season 2 of Riverdale has definitely been setting up a possible Sabrina backdoor pilot by introducing Greendale, where Sabrina lives, in multiple episodes and the hint of a possible supernatural presence. In an interview with EW, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who actually wrote Afterlife with Archie, mentioned that there was a real possibility of Riverdale turning more supernatural.
“There’s a chance that happens,” says Aguirre-Sacasa, who admits Easter eggs were intentionally included this season. In fact, he reveals that an Afterlife take was among the pitches when first developing the show, with Riverdale then more in the vein of Buffy than Dawson’s Creek. “Ultimately we ended up starting with a more grounded, less supernatural version because we thought we could always go there, but if we started there, it would be hard to take that away.”
Looks like that options is no longer on the table.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be a one-hour drama based on the comic of the same name. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina in a dark, coming-of-age story that dives deeper into the vein of horror, the occult, and witchcraft. Moving the series from the CW to Netflix allows the show to dive deeper into the darkness and I’m more than ready for it!
What do you think of Sabrina’s move from the CW to Netflix? Who’s your dream Sabrina casting?! Make sure to stay tuned to That Hashtag Show and Gingerdale, our Riverdale After Show, for all the breaking The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina News!