According to a report from Deadline, Netflix has made one of the more aggressive plays that they have in recent memory, swooping in and snagging the new show that will revolve around the Archie Comics character. Not only that, but they’ve picked up this show for a whopping two seasons! In case you’re wondering how in the world this managed to happen, it seems superficially that a whole lot of it stems from Netflix simply making a better offer to Warner Bros. TV and the Berlanti Productions team including Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. While The CW had allowed the studio a chance to develop the series, Netflix promised two ten-episode seasons.
As for why Netflix wanted it so badly, the aforementioned report notes that Riverdale is performing incredibly well on Netflix; therefore, they want a bigger piece of the Archie Comics pie and this show is a great way in which for them to do that.
For those who didn’t hear some of the original reports that are out there on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch one of the first things that you should know is that this is not a recreation in any way of the Melissa Joan Hart series that aired on ABC. This is meant to be darker, creeper, and more in the vein of what Riverdale has become.
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch could probably air either at some point in late 2018 or early 2019; one of the great things about the timing of this pickup is that it gives Warner Bros. TV the luxury to start working on episodes right away rather than sitting around and waiting for pilot season. There’s a lot more hurry-up-and-wait going on with the traditional development process than you get for a show that has a straight-to-series order. Once there is some more news when it comes to casting, we’ll have that for you here since we can’t wait to find out who is going to land the part of Sabrina!
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