While some of the actors involved in the Archie multiverse have weighed in, recent news confirms what many fans were dreading. Riverdale, the TV version of a universe with almost as much crossover history as Scooby-Doo, won’t be seeing the tip of spin-off character Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s pointy hat — at least for now.
According to TVLine, Riverdale executive producer (and CEO of Archie Comics) Jon Goldwater said, “They’re two separate entities for right now.” That means Netflix’s standalone series, starring Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina, won’t be going back to its roots in any tangible way with The CW’s current show.
The character is based on Archie Comics' The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series, but will need to establish its own foothold so it doesn’t feel beholden to another show, like the increasingly intermingled Arrowverse — especially since the shows in question will be on different networks. Plus, Sabrina will almost certainly have a more supernatural aspect.
It makes sense why audiences might still think the possibility exists, as Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is writing the Sabrina series for the streaming service, but alas, Goldwater has shut hopes down for the present. As for the future?
“Going forward? You never know. Maybe.”