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'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' to give one last dose of fun and terror

The popular show was canceled by Netflix on July 8. The series will conclude with its eight-episode fourth part, which is set to debut later this year.

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If you’re looking to keep up with Sabrina Spellman and her pals, it seems you’ll have to turn to the Archie Comics after watching part four of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” on Netflix. The streaming service announced on July 8 that part four, which is set to premiere later this year on a date to be announced, will be the show’s final episodes.

Based upon the Archie Comics characters, and developed for television by executive producer and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the supernatural horror series with flashes of teenage angst stars 20-year-old Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men” fame as Sabrina Spellman, a teenager who’s half human and half witch living in small-town Greendale. Other Spellman family members, who work in the family mortuary, are played by Lucy Davis (Hilda Spellman), Chance Perdomo (Ambrose Spellman) and Miranda Otto (Zelda Spellman).

Aguirre-Sacasa gave the following statement to TVLine yesterday regarding the cancellation:

“Working on ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ has been an incredible honor from Day One. The cast, beginning with Kiernan as everyone's favorite teen witch, has been an absolute joy. I am beyond thankful to the crew, writers, editors, assistants, and everyone for pouring so much love into this dark dream of a show. I'm also grateful to our partners at Netflix, Warner Bros., Berlanti Television, and Archie Comics for letting us tell the story we wanted to tell, the way we wanted to tell it. We can't wait for everyone to see Part Four."

Twenty-eight episodes of the show are streaming to date, with just eight episodes remaining. Episodes are typically 50 to 60 minutes in length, with the first 10 premiering on October 26, 2018 — just in front of Halloween. A holiday special, “A Midwinter’s Tale,” was added on December 14 of the same year, followed by the nine-episode part two which started streaming on April 5, 2019. Part three, which premiered on January 24, 2020, follows Sabrina as she balances her commitments. During the season, she juggles being a student in two schools with cheerleading, and being the protector of her coven and Greendale against supernatural pagans, all while trying to keep up with her duties as Queen of Hell.

Ross Lynch from Disney Channel series “Austin & Ally” co-stars as Harvey Kinkle, Jaz Sinclair portrays Sabrina’s best friend, Rosaline Walker, and Lachlan Watson is good friend Theo Putnam. Members of Sabrina’s coven are played by Gavin Leatherwood (Nicholas Scratch), Tati Gabrielle (Prudence Blackwood), Richard Coyle (Father Blackwood), and Michelle Gomez doubles as Mary Wardwell, one of Sabrina’s teachers, and as Lilith, a.k.a. Madame Satan.

The show’s final episodes are expected to follow Sabrina, her coven and the Fright Club as they take on the Eldritch Terrors, which include the Weird, the Returned, the Darkness and the Void.

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” was originally developed as a companion show to the CW series “Riverdale,” but the show found a home with Netflix instead. The series is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is produced by Warner Bros. Television with Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions and Aguirre-Sacasa’s Muckle Man Productions.

Aguirre-Sacasa and other Archie-related series are having a rough summer, as the CW’s “Katy Keene,” which was also developed by Aguirre-Sacasa, was recently canceled after just one season. “Katy Keene” starred Lucy Hale and Ashleigh Murray, who portrayed Josie McCoy on “Riverdale” for three seasons. “Riverdale” will return to the CW for its fifth season this winter.



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