Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Sabrina was almost introduced in season 1 of Riverdale— now we know why she wasn't

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Oct 3, 2018

Sabrina Spellman and company gave us a creep-tacular start to our October day with a first full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a new Netflix-based spin on everyone's favorite teenage witch. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serves as showrunner on the new series (based on the comics he created), and he also fills that same role over at The CW, on Riverdale. It turns out that there were early plans to bring Sabrina into the land of maple syrup murders and creepy Jughead voiceovers, but Aguirre-Sacasa decided to go a different route.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Aguirre-Sacasa shared that there were other ideas as to how the teenage witch would return to television, and Sabrina hitting the town of Riverdale was one of them. Aguirre-Sacasa said that during Season 1, "before Riverdale exploded and found its footing as sort of a noir, crime, pulp show — we had said, ‘Maybe Season 2 will be like [the comic] 'Afterlife With Archie.'"

Apparently, they had planned a huge switch to genre, and would have gone the horror route, with Sabrina as the antagonist. “There was even a time when we talked about the Season 1 cliffhanger being the arrival of Sabrina," Aguirre-Sacasa said.

This obviously did not happen, and not just because we needed plenty of time for Jughead to literally scream at every single character in the show about the South Side. “...Riverdale found its footing as more crime show, that felt less and less like the right fit,” Aguirre-Sacasa said of the genre change. “It felt like if Riverdale is crime and pulp and all that stuff, then Sabrina could be horror." He then talked about separating the towns of Riverdale and Sabrina's Greendale—"magic should exist in Greendale, but not in Riverdale. That was the thought.”

He also considered bringing Sabrina to the big screen, as a low-budget horror film for Jason Blum. It went far enough that a screenplay was actually written: "It's very different from the show, it did center on her 16th birthday," Aguirre-Sacasa said. Blum ended up not being interested, so Sabrina decided to join the streaming world.

So will the very different worlds of Riverdale and Sabrina ever cross? At this point it doesn't seem likely, though we'd pay serious money to see Michelle Gomez and Madchen Amick in a scene together. (Speaking of, for more on Sabrina and her chilling adventures, take a look at SYFY WIRE Fangrrrls' recent interview with Gomez and star Kiernan Shipka.)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hits Netflix on Oct. 26. Nothing in Riverdale, or Greendale, will ever be the same again...

(via Entertainment Weekly)


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