Something witchy’s headed for Netflix!
A few weeks ago, news dropped that Riverdale was getting a spinoff based on the Archie Horror comic book, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I got so pumped that I screamed at my cat, but I was also a little hesitant. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is one of my favorite new comic book titles in recent memory, but I didn’t immediately see it as a CW teen soap opera. The comic hearkens back to the 60’s-70’s era of Satanic Cinema, when cults were everywhere and cultists were usually naked. I was prepared to go all in on the new show, but I had my expectations set lower than I did for Riverdale. You might have had the same reservations.
Don’t worry, hypothetical like-minded Archie fan! Netflix has our collective back! Instead of going to the CW, as originally planned, the as-of-yet untitled Sabrina show will be a Netflix original!
The current order is for two seasons (twenty episodes) in the binge-able Netflix format. Instead of waiting each week to catch another episode, each hour-long (or witching hour-long!) episode of a season will drop at once.
In addition to the format change, all signs point to this show being considerably darker and spookier than it would have been on the CW. Netflix doesn’t have to abide by the same standards as network television, after all. Does this mean Sabrina won’t have as many in-your-face product placement shots of mascara? I don’t know, I don’t work for Netflix. If the series follows the comic book’s 1960’s setting, that would be a lot harder to pull off in context.
Right now, every Sabrina fan has the same question, but Netflix is playing their cards close to the vest. Only time will tell if this show will bring the return of one of the most important characters in the Western canon: