Something wicked this way comes. After teasing the appearance of Sabrina Spellman on Riverdale for months now, it seems like the teenage witch is actually getting her own series. While Warner Bros. Television and The CW, the network behind the Archie Comics drama, were initially developing the new one-hour drama, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, for the 2018-2019 season, it now seems that the series will live on a different network: Netflix! That being said, this certainly won't be the lovable Sabrina (previously played by Melissa Joan Hart) we all remember — this one will be much more sinister. Fortunately, we know a few actresses who could pull it off.
1. Who's Involved?
Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is also Archie Comics' chief creative officer, is writing the adaptation. He'll executive produce alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater, and Lee Toland Krieger, who will direct the pilot. The show will still be a product of Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti Productions.
2. Where Can We Watch?
Netflix granted a two-season, 20-episode, straight-to-series order for the Sabrina spinoff (aka two 10-episode seasons). Filming will reportedly begin in February and go through June for season one and then continue into October for the remaining episodes. That means we can probably expect the show to arrive in late 2018 or early 2019!
3. What Is It About?
The series is being described as "a dark coming-of-age tale that traffics in horror, the occult, and witchcraft." So, basically, American Horror Story: Coven-lite?
4. Will It Be Scary?
It certainly sounds like it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it is supposed to be a cross between Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, and will see Sabrina "wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit."
5. Will Sabrina Make an Appearance on Riverdale?
Now that a potential Sabrina series is underway, we can't help but wonder if the teenage witch will also make an appearance on Riverdale next season. Not only did the Chilling Adventures in Sorcery as Told by Sabrina comic book make an appearance in the season one finale when FP Jones was in jail, but there has been a long-running theory that Betty Cooper is actually a direct descendant of the Spellman coven. If the theory is true, it would certainly be the perfect opportunity to merge the Archie Comics worlds without full-out making Riverdale a supernatural series. With the Sabrina spin-off's move to Netflix, we'll just have to wait and see!