Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dark "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" Series in Development at CW From "Riverdale" Team

Sabrina the Teenage Witch could soon be returning to television.

The CW and Warner Bros. Television are developing a new one-hour drama based around the character for the 2018-2019 season, Variety has learned.

The potential series would be based on the Archie Comics series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and witchcraft. The series is described as being tonally in the vein of horror classics like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, and will see Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.

Should the project move forward, it would serve as a companion series to Riverdale, the dark reimagining of the Archie Comics that puts Archie and the rest of his high school friends at the heart of a murder mystery.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, will serve as writer and executive producer on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Lee Toland Krieger, who has directed multiple episodes of Riverdale, will direct and executive produce. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater–all executive producers on Riverdale–will also executive produce. Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. TV.

The project has a good chance of being ordered to series, given Berlanti’s longstanding relationship with the network. He currently executive produces CW shows Riverdale, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. He will also executive produce the upcoming CW series Black Lightning.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was spunoff into its own comic book series after the character played a significant role in the comic series Afterlife with Archie. Melissa Joan Hart previously played the character in the live-action, multi-cam series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which aired for seven seasons. In the US, the series' first four seasons aired on ABC from September 27, 1996, to May 5, 2000, with the final three seasons being ran on The WB from September 22, 2000, to April 24, 2003.

Cast of '90s Sabrina The Teenage Witch sitcom

In the UK, Sabrina the Teenage Witch ran from 1997 to the mid-noughties, and quickly became a top show on Nick, often winning Watch Your Own Wednesdays, Watch Your Own Weekends, Watch Your Own Weeks, and Head 2 Head battles.

No word if Salem Saberhagen will be reprising his role as Sabrina's magical talking cat.

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Sources: Daily Mail Online, Heat World.
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