Netflix has officially given a premiere date to their Sabrina reboot. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was originally being eyed as a Riverdale spin-off for The CW. Ultimately, the network passed. But a good idea is a good idea and Netflix isn't one to pass up on someone else's potentially very appealing content. So, they brought the reboot over to the streaming service and now, the company has revealed that the series will debut just in time for Halloween this year.
During a Television Critics Association panel held over the weekend, it was revealed that The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will officially arrive on October 26. That puts it out very conveniently on the Friday before Halloween. Since Stranger Things season 3 has been delayed until 2019, this should help fill the void for those looking to binge something a little spooky that weekend. This is going to be a far cry from the Sabrina the Teenage Witch starring Melissa Joan Hart that 90s kids are familiar with.
Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) is our new teenage witch in a series that is going to be closer in tone to Rosemary's Baby than it is to a kid-friendly sitcom with a goofy talking cat. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be a darker take on the Archie Comics series that sees the titular character wrestling to reconcile her half-witch, half-mortal nature while doing battle with the evil forces that threaten her, as well as her family and the unsuspecting humans who have no idea such threats even exist. Unfortunately, Netflix hasn't released a trailer to really clue us in as to what we're in for.
The cast for the series also includes Chance Perdomo as Sabrina's cousin Ambrose, Richard Coyle as Father Blackwood, Lucy Davis as Aunt Hilda, Miranda Otto as Aunt Zelda, Gabrielle as Prudence and Michelle Gomez as Mary Wardell. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa penned the screenplay. He also serves as the head of Archie Comics and the showrunner of Riverdale. Aguirre-Sacasa is on board as an executive producer along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater and Lee Toland Krieger. It's largely the same team that has made Riverdale such a huge success over on The CW. Even though it's on a different platform, there's no reason to fix something that's far from broken. Netflix actually helped boost Riverdale's ratings in its second season, as many new viewers became aware of it once it hit the streaming service. So there's a healthy relationship there.
With the release date now just a few months away, we should expect a full trailer for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina sooner rather than later. So far, we've been given a poster, some set photos and a brief teaser, but nothing overly significant. Netflix does often cut it a little close to the wire when it comes to promoting new shows though. We'll be sure to keep you up to date as any new information is made available. This news comes to us courtesy of TV Guide.