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The CW to Develop ‘Riverdale’ Spin-off Featuring Sabrina

Proposed Series Is Being Targeted for 2018

The CW is developing a one-hour “Riverdale” spinoff titled “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which will reimagine the origin and adventures of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft. The logline: This adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.”

The proposed series is being adapted from the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” from writer Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack. Aguirre-Sacasa will also write for the new series, and executive produce along with fellow “Riverdale” EPs Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater. “Riverdale” director Lee Toland Krieger is also executive producing, and will direct the “Sabrina” pilot.

Of course, this is not the first series to be based on the Sabrina character. Melissa Joan Hart headlined sitcom “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” on ABC from 1996 to 2000 and for an additional three seasons on The WB (from 2000 to 2003).

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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