Now that the information is out in regards to the live-action Sabrina The Teenage Witch sequence coming to streaming, and whereas many had been pumped to listen to Sabrina Spellman was coming again for a darker flip, many had been confused that Netflix, and not The CW, had put within the order for a assured two seasons. Followers had been curious why Warner Bros. would snub one in every of its networks (and probably the opportunity of any massive Riverdale crossovers) to leap to Netflix, and now it has been revealed that the sequence’ streaming vacation spot was most likely extra about possession than anything.
Warner Bros. is on the lookout for any manner that it could possibly personal 100 p.c of their exhibits, and that drives numerous decision-making there.
Whereas it’s true that Warner Bros. has a stake in The CW and its programming, that possession is shared with CBS and Time Warner. In shifting the presently untitled Sabrina The Teenage Witch venture to Netflix, Warner Bros. is free from considerations about CBS getting co-producer standing on the property, with WB retaining 100% possession of the sequence and any potential franchise follow-ups. That 100% possession clearly means extra revenue for Warner Bros., however this wasn’t some blatantly foul plan the place Warner screwed over everybody else.
In accordance with THR, Warner Bros. apparently mentioned the Sabrina resolution with The CW and different execs forward of time. CBS appeared effective with the change, and the community is placing collectively a Charmed reboot that probably had a task to plan in CBS’ approval. Plus, whereas Sabrina made the bounce to Netflix, the settlement appears to state that different Riverdale spinoffs would nonetheless have a shot at touchdown on The CW, so the streaming large is not taking every thing away.
Past retaining 100% possession of the Sabrina The Teenage Witch sequence, Netflix nabbing the supernatural sequence was additionally a sensible transfer contemplating how effectively Riverdale Season 1 has completed on the platform. That comic-based sequence, which made its debut on Netflix in the summertime, led to a 60% viewership improve on The CW for the present’s Season 2 premiere, which elevated it being to the second most-watched sequence on the community. Placing a Riverdale spinoff on Netflix would not seem to fret too many executives at The CW, as even the Government VP of Advertising and marketing and Digital Rick Haskins said that many Netflix streamers won’t even even recognized the place the present initially aired.
Most likely extra folks watched [Riverdale] on Netflix pondering it was a Netflix present.
There’s nonetheless no phrase on when the Sabrina The Teenage Witch sequence will hit Netflix or when it will even begin casting, however Riverdale airs its midseason finale on The CW on Wednesday, December 13, at eight p.m. ET. For extra on upcoming programming, you should definitely take a look at each our fall premiere guide and midseason premiere guide so as to keep on high of all new and returning exhibits. For a take a look at some exhibits that obtained canceled this 12 months, head to our cancellation guide.