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Sabrina crossover with Riverdale isn't happening anytime soon

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Jan 18, 2018

The CW's Riverdale may have spawned Netflix's Sabrina and the two share the same creative team, but don't expect the Archie-related TV shows to meet. At least not anytime soon.

In the latest episode of Archie Digest: A Riverdale Podcast, co-host Chris Hayner reveals that he spoke with CW honcho Mark Pedowitz who ruled out the possibility for now that the spinoff will crossover with his network's hit Archie Comics-based drama.

"Based on what [Pedowitz] said, they're completely focused on getting Sabrina off the ground on Netflix and not thinking about crossovers at all," said Hayner. "But they're [sic] hope there might be a possibility in the future. But they want to establish Sabrina as its own entity on Netflix before they even start thinking about it, which makes sense."

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Riverdale's creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, director Lee Toland Krieger and Berlanti Productions are on board once again for the new Sabrina pilot, which is based on Archie Comics' The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series.

But because Netflix made Warner Bros. TV a sweeter offer – a direct-to-series two season order - the teen witch will be casting her spell on the streaming service instead of network TV. That distribution deal however offers a potential stumbling block for any future crossover - one that might have to be solved with a magical plot device perhaps.

As Hayner's cohosts point out, given that Netflix will drop an entire season of Sabrina in one fell swoop for binge-watching, viewers would have a hard time figuring out where an appearance by Riverdale characters would fit into the latter show's continuity.

Further complicating such a union is the fact that Netflix doesn't own a stake in the CW. That means such a mashup wouldn't be as easy for the streaming service in the same way the CW can incorporate elements of The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow and Supergirl across the Arrowverse.

If anything, a Sabrina appearance would seem more likely as a one-off on Riverdale.

"For sure if there were to be a crossover, it would probably be Sabrina coming to Riverdale, because for exactly that reason, there's a lot more flexibility," said co-host Russ Burlingame.

Hayner added that Pedowitz thought a crossover could happen eventually, though given the reasons already cited, he noted "it's gonna take a lot of jumping through hoops though."

Sabrina meanwhile is moving forward rather quickly, having recently cast Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka in the title role. No word yet from Netflix on a release date.