A More Chilling Sabrina

(Above: Sabrina and the Archie gang, from ‘The New Archie and Sabrina Hour,‘ NBC, 1977. Source: YouTube screenshot)

Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, who turned the Archie comics franchise into The CW’s darker Riverdale series, now plan to work their magic on another comedic Archie Comics’ character – Sabrina the Teenage Witch, this time for Netflix.

Based on Archie’s graphic novel series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the to-be-titled series will tell “a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, 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.”

That’s certainly not to be confused with the 1996-2003 ABC sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch, starring Melissa Joan Hart. Amazon PrimeHulu and CBS All Access subscribers can stream all seven seasons – 163 half-hours –- of the series now. You can also watch the first 10 episodes free on CBS.com.

Here’s the 90-minute series pilot, which aired on Showtime in 1996. It also starred Melissa Joan Hart… but was set in Archie’s Riverdale!

As for Riverdale, you can stream the first season (13 episodes) at Sabrina’s new home, Netflix, or the latest five episodes from season two at cwtv.com. You can also see new episodes over the air Wednesday nights at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW; episode eight of season two airs tonight.

Like Sabrina, Archie and his gang also had a famous earlier TV incarnation — but it was animated. CBS’ The Archie Show ran for one season (17 episodes) on Saturday mornings in 1968-1969, but is most remembered for spawning the number one record “Sugar, Sugar” by the fictitious group The Archies. You can buy the entire run of the series to stream for just $14.99 from Amazon, but we’ve got episode one right here, for free:

And guess who later starred together in their very own cartoon series?

 

 

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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