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Archie Comics‘ TV appeal has hit an all-time high in 2017.
With The CW airing core Archieverse series Riverdale – available on Netflix here in the UK – interest in other properties from the comic book publisher has not been this high since the mid-90s with the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series.
And speaking of old Sabrina Spellman…
As we’ve detailed previously on WTNH, a Sabrina live-action series is currently in development, and, with some recent news that the lead role could be filled by an actress of any ethnicity – as long as they can pass as a 16-year-old girl, the news just keeps on coming.
Whilst Riverdale will remain on The CW, however, the news is now that Sabrina will be a Netflix original series, with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on-board to write the pilot.
Originally planned for a 2018-2019 schedule on The CW as companion/spin-off to Riverdale a la The Flash to Green Arrow, the Netflix Sabrina series will have its own two seasons, each with 10-episodes apiece, right out of the gate.
Series one will be filmed between February and June, with season two starting in June and winding down in October – a quick turn-around for filming and one which will mean we hopefully won’t have to wait as long for the second season to come out.
There is no confirmed rollout date set for the series, however.
Fans of the Melissa Joan Hart lead Sabrina the Teenage Witch series will be surprised by this new series, which promises to be a much darker series, akin to both Riverdale and the Archie Comics series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
A coming of age tale that deals with horror and the occult, Sabrina must deal with the familiar story fans of the classic series with a heavy dose of gore and dark magical forces threatening the world.