Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (TV series)
|Chilling Adventures of Sabrina|
|Based on||Chilling Adventures of Sabrina|
by Archie Comics
|Developed by||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Running time||49–63 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Warner Bros. Television|
|Original release||October 26, 2018– present|
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is an American supernatural horror web television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for Netflix, based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television, in association with Berlanti Productions and Archie Comics. Aguirre-Sacasa and Greg Berlanti serve as executive producers, alongside Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater, and Lee Toland Krieger.
The series is centered on the Archie Comics character Sabrina Spellman, portrayed by Kiernan Shipka, and also stars Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez, Jaz Sinclair, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Richard Coyle, and Miranda Otto. Originally in development during September 2017 at The CW, the series was intended to be a companion series to Riverdale; however, in December 2017, the project was moved to Netflix with a straight-to-series order, consisting of two seasons. Filming takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, where both seasons are shot back-to-back.
The first ten episodes were released on October 26, 2018. The series has received very positive reviews, with critics praising Shipka's performance, as well as the premise, visuals, and directing. A Christmas special episode was released on December 14, 2018, and the second part of the first season is set to be released on April 5, 2019. In December 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a second season of 16 episodes, which will also be split into two parts.
Cast and characters
- Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman: A half-human, half-witch teenager attending Baxter High, who is just beginning her dark education, while trying to maintain a normal life. Mckenna Grace plays a young Sabrina Spellman in flashbacks.
- Ross Lynch as Harvey Kinkle: Sabrina's charming, dreamy boyfriend who is the son of a coal miner and unaware of the dark forces conspiring to keep him and Sabrina apart.
- Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman: One of Sabrina's two witch aunts, who has a motherly nature and warm sense of humor, and is skilled at brewing potions.
- Chance Perdomo as Ambrose Spellman: Sabrina's pansexual warlock cousin from England, who is her partner in crime, but is forbidden from leaving the Spellman home after being placed under house arrest by the Witches Council for attempting to blow up the Vatican.
- Michelle Gomez as Mary Wardwell / Madam Satan: Sabrina's favorite teacher and mentor at Baxter High, who is killed and then impersonated by Madam Satan, a cunning manipulator.
- Jaz Sinclair as Rosalind "Roz" Walker: The brash, empowered and outspoken daughter of Greendale's minister and Sabrina's best friend.
- Tati Gabrielle as Prudence Night: A student at the Academy of the Unseen Arts, with a personal grudge against Sabrina. She is the leader of a trio of witches, the Weird Sisters.
- Adeline Rudolph as Agatha: A student at the Academy of the Unseen Arts, who is one of the Weird Sisters.
- Richard Coyle as Father Faustus Blackwood: The High Priest of the Church of Night and Dean of the Academy of the Unseen Arts, who gets into conflict with Sabrina.
- Miranda Otto as Zelda Spellman: One of Sabrina's two witch aunts, who is sterner than Hilda and very protective of Sabrina. She is also a member of the Church of Night, devout to the Dark Lord.
- Abigail Cowen as Dorcas: A student at the Academy of the Unseen Arts, who is one of the Weird Sisters.
- Bronson Pinchot as George Hawthorne: Baxter High's villainous, puritanical principal, who does not get along with Sabrina.
- Sarah-Jane Redmond as Mrs. Kemper: The adoptive mother of a warlock who was mysteriously murdered.
- Lachlan Watson as Susie Putnam: Sabrina's close friend at Baxter High.
- Peter Bundic as Carl Tapper: One of the jocks who often bully Susie.
- Annette Reilly as Diana Spellman: Sabrina's mortal mother who died in a plane crash with her husband Edward.
- Ty Wood as Billy Marlin: The leader of the jocks who often bully Susie.
- Adrian Hough as Farmer Putnam: Susie's old-fashioned father.
- Justin Dobies as Tommy Kinkle: Harvey's nurturing and protective older brother who works in the Greendale mines so that Harvey can stay in school.
- Darren Mann as Luke Chalfant: A warlock with whom Ambrose is romantically involved.
- Chris Rosamond as Mr. Kinkle: Harvey and Tommy's father.
- Alvina August as Lady Constance Blackwood: Father Faustus Blackwood's wife.
- Gavin Leatherwood as Nicholas Scratch: A warlock and student at the Academy of the Unseen Arts who befriends Sabrina.
- Anastasia Bandey as Dorothea Putnam: Susie's ancestor who brought the coven to Greendale centuries ago on safe passage.
- Jedidiah Goodacre as Dorian Gray: A warlock and the owner of Dorian's Gray Room, an exclusive nightclub.
- Alexis Denisof as Adam Marsters: Mary Wardwell's handsome and charming boyfriend who returns to Greendale after working overseas with Physicians Without Frontiers unaware that his fiancé's identity has been taken over by Madam Satan.
- Kurt Max Runte as Mr. Kemper: The adoptive father of a warlock who was mysteriously murdered.
- Georgie Daburas as Edward Spellman: Sabrina's father who was the High Priest of the Church of Night before he died in a plane crash with his wife, Diana.
- John Rubinstein as Daniel Webster: A lawyer who defends Sabrina in her trial.
- Jason Beaudoin as Jesse Putnam: Susie's uncle who is possessed by a demon.
- Megan Leitch as Batibat: A sleep demon who is accidentally freed by Sabrina after solving her father's puzzle.
- Alessandro Juliani as Dr. Cerberus: The owner of the local book store where Hilda works.
- L. Scott Caldwell as Nana Ruth Walker: Roz's grandmother who is blind due to witches who cursed the women of the Walker family.
- Michael Hogan as Grandfather Kinkle: Harvey and Tommy's grandfather.
- Brian Markinson as Mr. Bartel
- Heather Doerksen as Gryla
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Chapter One: October Country"||Lee Toland Krieger||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa||October 26, 2018|
|Sabrina Spellman is about to turn 16—on Halloween no less. She spends her days hanging with her boyfriend Harvey, and best friends Roz and Susie. However, on her 16th birthday she must fully embrace her witch half through a dark baptism, where she will pledge loyalty to the Dark Lord Satan. But Sabrina is torn, as she must choose between her friends and her family. Sabrina spends the days leading up to her birthday finding answers to her questions about the ritual. Meanwhile, Sabrina's mortal teacher Ms. Wardwell is killed and then possessed by Madam Satan, who seeks to bring Sabrina over to the Dark Lord's side. Sabrina must also deal with three sister witches known as the Weird Sisters, who look down on her for being a "half-breed".|
|2||"Chapter Two: The Dark Baptism"||Lee Toland Krieger||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa||October 26, 2018|
|Sabrina and her family are visited by Father Blackwood, the High Priest of the Church of Night. Blackwood seeks to reassure Sabrina and answer her questions about her baptism in order to sway her. Meanwhile, Ambrose deals with a corpse for the Spellman funeral home who he believes was a warlock—and possibly killed by a witch hunter. Sabrina's friend, Susie, is being bullied by four football players, causing Sabrina to take matters into her own hands. She teams up with the Weird Sisters to teach the boys a lesson by scaring them, however she is still racked with the choice. Sabrina's birthday arrives, and she decides to spend her last night with her friends at a Halloween party. As midnight approaches, Sabrina heads toward her dark baptism with unease. The ritual is completely different than what Blackwood described and at the last minute Sabrina denies the Dark Lord and flees, she is attacked in the woods but arrives at her house. There, she proclaims her refusal to sign the Book of the Beast, ending the baptism.|
|3||"Chapter Three: The Trial of Sabrina Spellman"||Rob Seidenglanz||Ross Maxwell||October 26, 2018|
|Sabrina must deal with the aftermath of her decision to leave her dark baptism. Sabrina is summoned by the coven and Blackwood, who are suing her for breaking her promise. Zelda and Hilda are also affected and lose their powers during the trial. Sabrina hires a mortal lawyer who specializes in witch law to help her win the trial. Madam Satan does everything in her power to manipulate Sabrina. As the trial continues, Blackwood is adamant that Sabrina must sign her name in the Book of the Beast as her father promised she would days after she was born. However, Hilda provides evidence that Sabrina had received a Catholic baptism prior to her father's agreement, which shocks Blackwood and the council. In the end, they offer Sabrina a deal—to remain in the mortal world while also attending The Academy of the Unseen Arts. Hilda is excommunicated for her role as a witness in Sabrina's Christian baptism. Meanwhile, Ambrose seeks to learn more about the warlock he thinks was killed by witch hunters.|
|4||"Chapter Four: Witch Academy"||Rob Seidenglanz||Donna Thorland||October 26, 2018|
|Sabrina prepares to attend The Academy of Unseen Arts, and plans to find a way to stop Satan. Sabrina is met with contempt by some students and staff, but makes a friend in Nick Scratch. Blackwood tasks Sabrina with solving an arcane puzzle known as the Acheron Configuration, and he agrees she may join conjuring class upon solving the puzzle. The Weird Sisters haze Sabrina with a ritual known as harrowing. Sabrina discovers the history of student deaths due to harrowing, and enlists ghosts to help her against the Weird Sisters. It is revealed that Blackwood is behind their attack. Hilda aids Ambrose in astral projection so he may go on a date with Luke, which almost goes horribly wrong. During this time, Madam Satan arrives and searches the Spellman house for items to aid her in her quest and spy on Sabrina. Meanwhile, Sabrina's friends deal with visions of a monster in the mines. Later, Sabrina discovers her father created the Acheron Configuration. With help from one of his journals given to her by Nick, Sabrina solves the arcane puzzle and unknowingly unleashes a demon.|
|5||"Chapter Five: Dreams in a Witch House"||Maggie Kiley||Matthew Barry||October 26, 2018|
|The sleep demon, known as Batibat, places Sabrina, Ambrose, Zelda, and Hilda into a deep sleep where they are tortured in their dream-turned nightmares in order for one of them to release Batibat from the house. Madam Satan roams their dreams in search of Sabrina in order to wake her. When she awakens, she attempts to banish Batibat but fails. Sabrina enlists Salem's help to distract Batibat while she lucid dreams to get help from Hilda and Ambrose. Hilda informs Sabrina that Batibat must be lured into a trap. With the help of Hilda's familiars, the spiders, Sabrina successfully traps Batibat, waking Hilda, Zelda, and Ambrose. After Batibat is placed back into containment, Sabrina visits Madam Satan after realizing she is not mortal.|
|6||"Chapter Six: An Exorcism in Greendale"||Rachel Talalay||Joshua Conkel & MJ Kaufman||October 26, 2018|
|Madam Satan lies to Sabrina and claims she was her father's secretary when he was a High Priest of the Church of Night, and that he asked her to watch over Sabrina. Susie, Roz, and Harvey all experience frightening apparitions of Susie's Uncle Jesse and they confide in Sabrina. Sabrina astral projects to Uncle Jesse's room and discovers he is possessed by a parasitic demon, which she later identifies as Apophis. Sabrina, with the help of Madam Satan and her aunts, successfully performs an exorcism that expels Apophis from Uncle Jesse. The next day Uncle Jesse dies after suffering a heart attack. However, it is later shown that Madam Satan was responsible, and she thanks Jesse for playing his part in the Dark Lord's plan.|
|7||"Chapter Seven: Feast of Feasts"||Viet Nguyen||Oanh Ly||October 26, 2018|
|The Spellmans are selected to host the annual Feast of Feasts and Zelda volunteers to represent their family in the lottery for Queen of the Feast, who is sacrificed and eaten at the feast. During the selection, Sabrina replaces Zelda, and becomes handmaiden to Prudence who is selected as Queen. Sabrina spends the week trying to convince Prudence to reject her selection, and brings her to Baxter High, where she claims Harvey's family are witch hunters. As a precaution, Sabrina casts a protection spell on Harvey. Later, Sabrina discovers that Lady Blackwood was responsible for selecting Prudence as Queen, as Father Blackwood is her biological father. At the feast, Father Blackwood announces that Prudence cannot fulfill her duties as Queen, but before he can cancel the feast, Mildred sacrifices herself and is declared Queen of Feasts. The next day, Agatha and Dorcas perform a ritual to kill Harvey and his brother in the mines.|
|8||"Chapter Eight: The Burial"||Maggie Kiley||Lindsay Calhoon & Christianne Hedtke||October 26, 2018|
|Harvey survives the mine collapse thanks to Sabrina's protection spell, however his brother is killed along with four other humans. During Tommy's funeral, Harvey and his father have an argument which gets physical and Tommy's casket falls over. Roz picks up Tommy's helmet and has a vision of Dorcas and Agatha in the mines crushing puppets of Harvey and Tommy with rocks. Roz confides in Sabrina about the vision, called the cunning by her Nana Ruth, after her family was cursed for crossing a witch generations ago. Sabrina tells Prudence, and they, along with Nick and Dorcas, assist in resurrecting Tommy and replacing his soul with Agatha's. However, they use the Cain Pit in the cemetery at the Spellman Sister's Mortuary to bring her back to life. Meanwhile, Father Blackwood consults with Ambrose about his house arrest, and informs him the deal of immunity still stands if he names his co-conspirators in the plot to blow up the Vatican but Ambrose refuses. While Harvey and his father are having dinner, Tommy returns home.|
|9||"Chapter Nine: The Returned Man"||Craig William Macneill||Axelle Carolyn & Christina Ham||October 26, 2018|
|Father Blackwood allows Ambrose to attend the academy despite his sentence, and he obtains his own familiar, a mouse called Leviathian. Agatha becomes sick and begins coughing up dirt. Hilda advises Ambrose that Agatha was never meant to be brought back to life. Roz has another vision, of dogs tearing Tommy apart. Sabrina discovers that Tommy's soul is in limbo. Harvey worries for his brother as he is not what he was before the mine collapse. Sabrina travels to mortal limbo with the help of Madam Satan where she briefly encounters her mother's soul before finding Tommy. However, she is unsuccessful at bringing him back as he is eaten by the Soul-eater. Meanwhile, Susie has been communicating in secret with their ancestor, Dorothea, who asks if the Spellmans are still witches. Later, Sabrina finally tells Harvey that she is a witch and that she needs to kill Tommy, but Harvey chooses to do it and ends his relationship with Sabrina.|
|10||"Chapter Ten: The Witching Hour"||Rob Seidenglanz||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Ross Maxwell||October 26, 2018|
|Roz and Susie confront Sabrina about being a witch and she tells them everything. Madam Satan sacrifices a student at the Hanging Tree to conjure the Greendale Thirteen, witches sacrificed by the coven and hung by mortals centuries earlier. The Thirteen summon the Red Angel of Death and send Ambrose to warn everyone. Father Blackwood orders all witches to the Academy for their safety. To protect the mortals, the Spellmans conjure a tornado for them to congregate in the storm shelter at Baxter High. The Spellmans cast a protection spell on Baxter High, but Ambrose and Zelda are summoned to the Academy. Madam Satan takes Sabrina to the woods and convinces her to sign the Book of the Beast to gain the power to defeat them. Sabrina unleashes Hellfire on the Hanging Tree and the Thirteen, burning their souls and banishing the Red Angel of Death. During the events, Lady Blackwood dies while giving birth. Zelda lies to Father Blackwood, claiming the larger twin consumed the other when in reality the first born twin was a girl, which Zelda keeps for herself. Later, Madam Satan reveals her plan of becoming the Dark Lord's Queen to Hawthorne, before killing him and her familiar.|
|11||"Chapter Eleven: A Midwinter's Tale"||Jeff Woolnough||Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Donna Thorland||December 14, 2018|
In September 2017, it was reported that a live-action television series based on the comic book Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was being developed for The CW by Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions, with a planned release in the 2018–19 television season. The series would be a companion series to Riverdale. Lee Toland Krieger would direct the pilot, which would be written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Both are executive producers along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater. In December 2017, the project had moved to Netflix under a yet-to-be-announced new title. Two seasons, comprising ten episodes each, have been ordered by the streaming service; this was later altered to be one, 20-episode season split across two parts. CW President Mark Pedowitz stated that Netflix's ability to offer a two-season commitment enticed Warner Bros. Television to move the series to the streaming service. In early May 2018, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was officially confirmed as the series' title. The series was inspired by "slow-burn horror" films such as The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, and other "great satanic horror movies from the 1960s and 1970s". The opening title sequence features the art of Robert Hack, the original artist of the comic book series.
On November 12, 2018, Netflix announced that the eleventh episode of the twenty episodes ordered would be released as a Christmas special episode. It was not always the plan for the series to have a Christmas-themed episode. During production of the first episode of the second part, Aguirre-Sacasa realized that the series had already done episodes related to Halloween and Thanksgiving in the first part, and decided to create the episode. He noted the episode "was by and large self-contained, but that there are still elements that carry it through and the realizations and relationships and mythology — it sort of threads the needle. And so we figured out a story that could do both." The episode was also helpful for Netflix, who wanted some sort of additional, standalone content to release between the first two parts. On December 18, 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a second season of 16 episodes, which will also be split into two parts.
In January 2018, Kiernan Shipka was cast as Sabrina Spellman. Shipka was Aguirre-Sacasa's first choice for the role. The next month, Jaz Sinclair was cast as Rosalind "Roz" Walker, along with Michelle Gomez as Mary Wardwell / Madam Satan, Chance Perdomo as Ambrose Spellman, Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman, Miranda Otto as Zelda Spellman, and Richard Coyle as Father Faustus Blackwood. In March 2018, Ross Lynch joined the cast as Harvey Kinkle, while Tati Gabrielle was cast as Prudence Night.
In early March 2018, Bronson Pinchot, Adeline Rudolph, and Abigail Cowen, were cast as George Hawthorne, Agatha, and Dorcas, respectively. In November 2018, it was revealed that Alexis Denisof and Jedidiah Goodacre would join the cast in the second part in the recurring roles of Adam Masters and Dorian Gray, respectively, while Mckenna Grace would portray a young Sabrina in the Christmas special episode.
Filming for the first part began on March 19, 2018, just as filming of the second season of Riverdale concluded, which allowed the same crew members to work on both series. The first two parts were filmed back-to-back, with filming on the second part concluding on December 21, 2018. Filming had been expected to begin in February 2018 and last until June 2018. The first episode of the second part was the eleventh episode filmed, while the Christmas special was the twelfth episode filmed, despite the Christmas special being released as the eleventh episode overall in the series. This was because the idea for the Christmas special came about when the first episode of the second part was "too far down the line" to alter its production schedule. Despite the production switch, Aguirre-Sacasa said the first episode of the second part was written "as a premiere episode for the second part" and helps kick-off the storylines for the part.
Connection to Riverdale
The series was originally conceived as a companion series to Riverdale when it was in development for The CW; however, after the series was moved to Netflix, it was unclear if any connection would remain. In January 2018, CW president Mark Pedowitz noted that, "at the moment, there is no discussion about crossing over." In March 2018, Jon Goldwater confirmed that the two series were "two separate entities for right now" but "would love it if they could figure out a way to cross over." Goldwater also felt there was a possibility for the characters to appear on future episodes of Riverdale, since Greendale had already been mentioned as existing on that series. In the first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Moses Thiessen reprises his role as Ben Button from Riverdale.
Regarding a proper crossover, Aguirre-Sacasa said in October 2018 he would "hate [for a crossover] to never happen" between the two series, adding that a potential idea for one would see the characters of Riverdale "hear[ing] about a haunted house in Greendale and try[ing] to break in and it's Sabrina's house". He also stated that since both series were already established, a crossover could happen in a standalone film with both casts, potentially titled Afterlife with Archie, based on the Archie Horror comic book series of the same name.
In November 2018, Satanic Temple activists sued the series' production team over the use of the statue of Baphomet, which they claim was a direct copy of their own statue and portrayed the Temple in an inaccurate and derogatory way. On November 21, 2018, it was confirmed that Satanic Temple and Netflix have amicably settled the lawsuit dispute, with the terms of the deal left undisclosed to the public.
The first ten episodes of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina were released worldwide on Netflix on October 26, 2018. The same day, the first two episodes were shown in a special screening at Paris Comic-Con 2018. The eleventh episode of the first part, a Christmas special episode, was released on December 14, 2018. The remaining nine episodes of the first season are set to be released on April 5, 2019.
For the first part of the first season, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported a 90% approval rating with an average rating of 7.71/10 based on 93 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Bewitchingly beautiful and wickedly macabre, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina casts an intoxicating spell and provides a perfect showcase for Kiernan Shipka's magical talents." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 74 out of 100 based on 28 critics for the first part of the first season, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
Alicia Lutes of IGN gave part one a 9.2/10, saying that it "shines in its deliciously dark plotlines, volumes of camp, and irreverent and at-times antagonistic humor." Dave Nemetz of TVLine gave part one a "B+" saying that "Sabrina is more tongue-in-cheek and self-aware than Riverdale is ever allowed to be" and that it is "off to a bewitchingly great start." Meagan Navarro from Bloody Disgusting praised part one, stating that it is "fun and briskly paced".
Daniel Fienberg from The Hollywood Reporter stated in a review of part one, that the "appeal of Sabrina, increasing as the show goes along, comes mostly from Shipka". He praises the actress's performance by mentioning that she is "perfectly cast complement to one of the show's most endearing elements, namely its blurry approach to modernity. Chris Hayner from Gamespot praised part one by highlighting the performances of the cast members. He further complimented the progressive undertones of the series and stated that it "manages to tangle with modern day issues many face, while couching it all in a supernatural world". Constance Grady from Vox praised part one, particularly for its cinematography, stating that its "higher production values are apparent in every frame, and the result is gorgeous". She further added that when the series fully commits to its dark goth horror aesthetic, it is at "its most thrilling." Petrana Radulovic from Polygon stated in her positive review of part one that "once the horror kicks in, the season continues with just as much chills and sets the stage for what comes next."
For the Christmas special, Rotten Tomatoes reported a 71% approval rating with an average rating of 6.08/10 based on 17 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "This holiday chapter from Sabrina's Chilling Adventures spikes the eggnog with the series' ghoulish sensibility, but viewers may feel disappointed by the special's confusion over whether it is a self-contained diversion or a continuation of the series' core story."
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