Sci Fi TV News: Netflix Picks Up Sabrina the Teenage Witch for Two Seasons, Conan O’Brien to Produce Barry & Joe, and More

By | December 3, 2017

Sabrina Has Cast a Spell on Netflix

Netflix announced late last week that they are bringing the Archie Comics character Sabrina the Teenage Witch over to their line of original series with a two season commitment.  That property was originally being developed by The CW with the same team that is working on the Archie-based series Riverdale.  But now Netflix has stepped up and offered the show a home.  Riverdale had only mediocre ratings in its first year on The CW but performed very well in streaming when it became available on Netflix after it had completed its original run.  That is likely why the streaming service is interested in Sabrina, and it is also possible that The CW decided it did not have room on its schedule with all the development it has in the pipeline.

The plan is to base the show on the comic book series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is a recent dark reboot of the original, more-comedic version of the character.  Had The CW produced the show, that definitely would have opened the possibility of crossovers with Riverdale.  That is still possible since The CW has worked out a long-term streaming deal with the Netflix and also since Riverdale‘s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will still be involved, though there is no confirmation on that at this point.  Expect the first ten-episode season of the currently-untitled Sabrina series to have its bow mid-to-late 2018.

Conan O’Brien to Join the Adventure with Barry & Joe

Adam Reid started a kickstarter campaign a few months back to launch Barry & Joe: The Animated Series, and now Conan O’Brien’s production company Conaco is getting involved.  According to Reid, the series will be a “bromantic comedy” in which the former president and vice president travel through time trying to make a brighter future for the country.  He further describes the series as “Jonny Quest meets Quantum Leap, if Jonny and Hadji were actually former Democratic leaders and the entire Hanna-Barbera writing staff were on mescaline during development”.  No network is attached at this point, but consider TBS a likely landing place because it would fit in with their current slate of original comedies and because of the Conan O’Brien connection.

More Sci Fi TV News of Note

Brenton Thwaites will be playing Robin on the upcoming live-action Titans TV series that will stream on DC’s yet-be-launched service, and the first image of him in costume has been released.  Also starring in the series are Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy.

Supernatural has cast Danneel Ackles, wife of series star Jensen Ackles, in the recurring role of “Sister Jo”. The character has been described as “a well-known faith healer whose good works attract the attention of someone very, very bad: Lucifer”.

HBO is moving forward with its Watchmen series and there are rumors circulating that former WWE star John Cena could come onboard as possibly the Comedian or Dr. Manhattan.

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