Multiple outlets report Netflix has struck a deal for two seasons of the live-action series, with each season clocking in at 10 episodes apiece. Netflix's interest in Sabrina is not surprising. 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. Aguirre-Sacasa will still be executive producing the show now that it's found a new home on Netflix. "TV will own the Sabrina series, while "'Riverdale' is a co-production with CBS TV Studios". Netflix hasn't issued any information about how the series would be rolled out, but assuming we could see the two seasons in one calendar year looks like a good bet.
Given that description, it's likely the series will have little in common-tonally, at least-with the 1990s comedy series that starred Melissa Joan Hart as the titular adolescent spellcaster.
Though previously announced as being in development at The CW, to function as a companion to their hit series Riverdale, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the new Sabrina the Teenage Witch series has now landed at Netflix.
"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.
Now the hunt is on for the actress to play the lead witch. According to Variety, Warner Bros. It's worth noting that Netflix already holds the streaming rights to Riverdale, and that the first show's ratings jump in Season 2 can largely be attributed to new fans discovering it on Netflix before its sophomore outing began on regular TV this fall.
While THR focuses on the popularity of Riverdale as a strong incentive for Netflix to take the show all by itself, it also works to capture an audience not always well-served by Netflix's current library: millennials and younger, primarily women, and a rabid fanbase.