It began in 2017 with “Riverdale” premiering on The CW. The rather unconventional teen drama took the stable of characters from the classic Archie Comics franchise of funny books and reinvented them as a darker and edgier fare that has resonated with real-life teens and young adults watching the show. That led to the similar reboot of AC character Sabrina the Teenage Witch, resulting in “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” that was initially developed for The CW as a “Riverdale” companion series, then transferred to Netflix where it got positive receptions for three parts each with 8-11 episodes. There is a fourth part coming, but Netflix says it ends there.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Netflix announced this Wednesday, July 9, that “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” will conclude on its fourth part, which will arrive on streaming later this year. This concluding arc will be composed of a final eight episodes, detailing the final fate of Sabrina Spellman, her family and friends, and all of Greendale after an Eldritch Terror is unleashed from the time egg in the finale of Part 3. The ultimate end for “Sabrina” came following the unfortunate one-season run of another Archie-based series on The CW, “Katy Keene,” all of which have Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa as show-runner.
“Working on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been an incredible honor from day one,” says Aguirre-Sacasa. “The cast, beginning with (‘Sabrina’ lead star) Kiernan [Shipka] as everyone’s favorite teen witch, has been an absolute joy. I am beyond thankful to the crew, writers, editors, assistants, and everyone for pouring so much love into this dark dream of a show.” Aguirre-Sacasa, who is also the Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics itself, thanked the aforementioned publisher as well as Berlanti Productions, WB Television and Netflix, for giving them a chance “tell their story the way they wanted it to be told.”
Much like would-have-been sister series “Riverdale,” “Sabrina” saw itself exchanging hands across networks during development before arriving on Netflix from The CW. This arrangement came about due to “Riverdale” season 1 becoming a streaming hit on Netflix in time for the viewers to catch season 2 on its premiere broadcast at The CW. The 8-11 episode count of all parts of “Chilling Adventures” was attributed to Netflix’s budgetary considerations for particular series that stream on their platform. “Sabrina” was assured a two-part/season run for the streaming giant in 2018, before getting renewed for two more parts in the same year.
The adventures of the teenaged witch also happens to be one of the latest Netflix series to be concluded as of this year, with all shows concerned being produced by outside studios for the service.
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