A planned spinoff of The CW's "Riverdale" centered on Sabrina the teenage witch has received a 20-episode, two-season order from Netflix. According to the report, the show will be created by numerous same people who worked on Riverdale, with creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writing the pilot and Lee Toland Krieger directing, just as the duo did for the previous show.
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. Under The CW's umbrella, Riverdale has a decided head start on creating a well-established context for both tales.
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"UNTITLED SABRINA SERIES imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft", Netflix revealed in a press release. 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. The second season will then be shot from June to October.
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The new series will be far from the light-hearted Sabrina the Teenage Witch that aired on ABC and The WB starting in the late 1990s. A premiere date for the show has not been announced yet. No word on whether we'll see the comic's villain, Madam Satan, in the show, but we wouldn't bet against it.