The streaming service has given the series a two-season, 20-episode order, with the first ten episodes set to be filmed from February to June and the second from June to October. Many, including myself, found Riverdale streaming on Netflix and binged the entire series. According to Deadline, the project had originally been in development at The CW as a possible companion show to the Archie series Riverdale, but Netflix was so eager to jump on board it agreed to order two 10-episode seasons right out of the gate. The series will be based on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a recent comic series that reimagines Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age series that delights in horror, the occult, and witchcraft.
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. TV, with Aguirre-Sacasa, who penned the Riverdale pilot, and Lee Toland Krieger, who directed it, reprising their roles on the Sabrina pilot episode. Like Riverdale, this show's going to err on the side of spooky.
Based on Netflix's track record with comic adaptations and great original shows, this series has the potential to become an excellent series with a fresh take on the supernatural teen drama. THR says the CW and Warner Bros. Afterlife with Archie was a gore-filled story about what happened after Jughead begged Sabrina to raise his dog from the dead: a zombie plague unleashed on Riverdale.
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. 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. A premiere date for the show has not been announced yet.
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