Horror-inspired Riverdale spinoff, Sabrina, is coming to Netflix

Due to the incredible success of Riverdale, CW has actively searched for Sabrina for some time now. Perhaps streaming results from Riverdale appearing on Netflix enticed the streaming giant to make a move in acquiring Sabrina for themselves. And it's a big order, too: The streaming service has nabbed a two-season, 20-episode serving of the series.

Greg Berlanti is moving The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to Netflix.

In the introduction to Chilling Adventures' original collected edition, Aguirre-Sacasa said this of the comics' tone: "If Afterlife with Archie was about Lovecraft and zombies and body horror, Sabrina would be more psychological, a bit more subtle (but only a bit), a bit more sexual (as stories about witches often are)". This'll be a coming of age tale dealing with horror and the occult as Sabrina must contend with being half-human and half-witch. TV, with Aguirre-Sacasa, who penned the Riverdale pilot, and Lee Toland Krieger, who directed it, reprising their roles on the Sabrina pilot episode. As we've seen, Netflix is also willing to spend plenty of money on shows - which could mean a noticeable bump up in quality for the show.

So uh, maybe don't expect a laugh track à la beloved sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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. But while that Sabrina was a light comedy, this new version is being described as much darker, akin to something like Rosemary's Baby or The Exorcist. 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. Live ratings from the second season premiere jumped 60 percent from the first, according to The Hollywood Reporter, in large part because many new viewers had watched the first season on Netflix.

  • Kyle Peterson