If you’ve been watching Riverdale, The CW’s show that is based on Archie Comics, and thought “I love this, but I wish it was more of a genre show,” then you’re in luck. The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that the network is developing a companion show, set in Riverdale’s universe, based on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
It is expected to be a dark coming-of-age story about witchcraft, with a focus on horror, much like the comic series it’s based on. Sabrina is half witch and half human; the series will center on the conflict within her that results. She’ll also be fighting evil that threatens the human world she lives in (presumably, Riverdale will play a role in that). The network is aiming to air the show during the 2018–2019 TV season.
The recent comic run of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina from Archie Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack has been absolutely great, telling a story that blends between teenage life and the metaphorical (and very real-life) terrors that can come with it for a young witch. Assuming they plan on mining it for inspiration, there seems to be more than enough there for a compelling pitch.
The CW, and Greg Berlanti (who is co-running the show along with Aguirre-Sacasa), are no strangers to shared-universe spinoffs. After all, the network hosts crossovers between DC Comics properties Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow regularly. It’s exciting to see another comics property receiving this kind of support and attention from The CW.