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Horror-inspired Riverdale spinoff, Sabrina, is coming to Netflix

Based on the classic character’s recent horror series

From the cover of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #4 (2015), Archie Comics.
From the cover of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #4
Robert Hack/Archie Comics
Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch is coming to Netflix. The streaming service announced today that it has put in a two-season order for the spinoff of the CW’s Riverdale.

Netflix’s Sabrina is described as “in the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist and finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Fans of the 1996 Sabrina television series starring Melissa Joan Hart might find themselves thrown for a loop. The new series will reportedly be based on Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a supernatural horror series from Archie Comics’ horror imprint.

You didn’t know that Archie Comics had a horror imprint? Well, it all started with the comic that Chilling Adventures spun out of, Afterlife with Archie, a title that spoofed the company’s long-running Life with Archie series. Afterlife with Archie was a gore-filled story about what happened after Jughead begged Sabrina to raise his dog from the dead: a zombie plague unleashed on Riverdale.

Currently in its second season, Riverdale has been teasing the presence of Sabrina Spellman, the teenage sorceress, within the show, but she has yet to appear.

Aguirre-Sacasa, Archie Comics’ chief creative officer, has written the script for Sabrina, and will executive produce alongside the folks behind Riverdale. Sabrina’s two ten-episode seasons will be shot back to back.