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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:03AM EST
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch creator is thrilled that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina kept the "Spellman" last name
"It always makes me smile to see Sabrina’s last name," tweeted Nell Scovell, creator of the ABC "TGIF" Sabrina. "It came from Irving Spellman, a funny friend of my father’s who died in the 80s. When I was creating the ABC show, I needed a surname and 'Spellman' seemed ideal for a witch. Now it’s canon. RIP Irving."
Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 10:33AM EST
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is getting a bonus Christmas episode
Dropping on Dec. 14, the special holiday episode dubbed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale will revolve around the Church of Night’s annual celebration of the Winter Solstice.
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 5:28PM EST
The Satanic Temple files $50 million lawsuit over Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's use of a satanic deity
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix and Warner Bros. are the targets of the lawsuit over the new Sabrina series, with The Satanic Temple alleging misappropriation of its statue of Baphomet, confusion of origin, and injury of reputation over a sculpture designed to be "a central part of its efforts to promote First Amendment values." "Baphomet is a historical deity which has a complex history, having been associated with accusations of devil worship against the Knight Templar," explains The Satanic Temple in its lawsuit. "Baphomet historically involved a goat’s head (sometimes known as the 'Sabbatic Goat') on a female body associated with Lilith, a figure from Jewish mysticism sometimes considered a goddess of the night. The classic visual representation of idea of Baphomet is an image created in or about 1856 by an occult historian Eliphas Levi..."
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Why Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's time period is so vague
Source: E! Online
Creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa originally wanted to set the Netflix drama in the 1960s, while using modern storylines. So he and Netflix decided to make a "timeless" series.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's storylines feel like someone googled "feminist buzzwords," then sprinkled their search results into the scripts
"Using feminism as aesthetic rather than meaning, its declarative wokeness amounts to little more than nauseating soapbox Moments of Intersectional Feminism that are like a bad after-school special that only makes you want to do more drugs," says Jess Joho. "Worse still, the show fails to see how its own plot highlights almost every issue with white feminism. Now, to be clear: We are not condemning CAOS for its above average attention to diverse representation. The attempt is commendable. But it also goes to show what a sorry state we're in that many are heralding the series as a feminist manifesto — even while not agreeing on exactly what it's even saying about feminism. Like most pop culture representations of witches, it focuses squarely on white women victims. In the process, it totally erases the countless other victims who were slaves and other people of color with foreign religions that were demonized as witchcraft by white, colonizing Christians."
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch stars react to watching Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Netflix filmed a video of Melissa Joan Hart, Nate Richert, Beth Broderick and Caroline Rhea watching the darker and spookier Sabrina, which is a far cry from their squeaky clean ’90s teen sitcom. “This is not our Sabrina!” said Rhea, noting that Kiernan Shipka's character is "quite empowered."
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Did Chilling Adventures of Sabrina rip off a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode?
An episode of the Netflix series bares a striking resemblance to Buffy's Season 4 finale "Restless." Were the similarities intentional?
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
TV has shown three instances of witches cutting their hands open for blood magic in the past week
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, American Horror Story: Apocalypse and Charmed all featured the same scene that "is as disturbing as it is idiotic," says Brian Moylan. "Yes, I get it, sometimes there is no substitute for the sanguine when it comes to making a spell work, but why, exactly, does everyone have to slice their palms open in the same ludicrous and destructive way?" he adds. "It’s even worse than a death by a million paper cuts: No one is going to die this way, but they are going to be stuck with a throbbing gash in the center of their hands for weeks."
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 4:43PM EDT
The Satanic Temple threatens to sue Netflix over Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves tweeted we are "taking legal action" against Netflix for "appropriating" its copyrighted monument design of Baphomet, a "central icon" to the Satanic Temple. "It's deeply problematic to us," Greaves, who said he's seen parts of the show, tells SFGate. "(But) even if that wasn't the case we'd be obligated to make a copyright claim because that's how copyright works."
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 5:21PM EDT
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina features a puzzling Riverdale cameo
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, creator of both series, planted a Riverdale Easter egg on his new Sabrina series -- but the cameo makes no sense. When ET asked about the cameo, he responded that it "suggests a very deep, deep mythology where time and space bends."
Posted Saturday 10/27/18 at 7:21AM EDT
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a mess, but it's a gorgeous thrill ride when it works
The Netflix series starring Kiernan Shipka in the title role "struggles to figure out exactly what its tone is, and how to balance its darkness and its campiness," says Constance Grady. She adds: "Even Sabrina herself is left to fall a little flat. Shipka has a radiantly likeble screen presence, but throughout the first season she has little to do besides be determinedly plucky and also sometimes sad. While the show seems interested in Sabrina as an intellectual construct who can act out an allegorical dilemma between power and freedom, it doesn’t seem to be fully invested in her as a character, and never bothers to give her the psychological complexities it grants to her aunts, to her cousin Ambrose (a smoothly charming Chance Perdomo), or even to mean girl Prudence...Still, for as messy and as inconsistent as Sabrina can be, the moments that work are more fun and more stylish than anything else on television. And when it takes the time to really delve into the complexities of the witch power fantasy, to think about what it means when the fantasy gives women power from a male source, and that source has its own agenda, when it begins to play out its ideas about power and autonomy and obligation and gender — well, then, just like the title promises, it’s downright chilling."
- Sabrina offers a smart and charming girlhood approach that goes beyond tired teen narratives
- Sabrina is a bit all over the place — caught somewhere between a bona fide piece of horror, a tongue-in-cheek send-up of the same, and a sincere coming-of-age story
- Sabrina suffers from typical Netflix bloat: Its first five episodes could be titled The Bureaucratic Complications of Sabrina the Young Adult Half-Satanist
- Sabrina throws a lot at the walls to see what sticks -- it contains a few shows fighting for dominance in the ambitious 10-episode season
- Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is literally too dark: You can't see what's going on in some scenes
- Sabrina feels lacking in the qualities that would distinguish it from The CW's Charmed and Legacies
- Kiernan Shipka's forceful performance keeps the show intact -- she is the greatest strength on a show trying to figure itself out
- Sabrina works best when it's more witch, less human: That's why the back half of Season 1 is a devilish delight
- It doesn't start to click until Episode 6, but then it demands to be binge-watched as storylines begin paying off
- The best, most archly funny thing about Sabrina is how dark the witchcraft is
- Sabrina has a Sabrina problem: "Called upon to simultaneously perform wide-eyed innocence, Chosen One superheroism, and activist rage, Shipka compromises with blankness"
- How the creepy opening credits were made
- Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa compares creating Riverdale vs. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
- Chilling Adventures seriously considered doing an homage to Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Sabrina the Teenage Witch cast reunites to send "best witches" to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Original "TGIF" Sabrina stars Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick and Nate Richert made a special video for the Netflix cast. “I just wanted to send my ‘best witches’ to Kiernan Shipka — aka the new Sabrina Spellman,” said Hart. “By the way, from one Sabrina to the other, if you’re ever given a choice between a broom and a vacuum, choose the vacuum.”
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
Kiernan Shipka: Netflix's Sabrina is a "woke witch"
“This is totally the Sabrina for 2018, in so many ways. She’s a woke witch,” Shipka tells Variety of her Chilling Adventures of Sabrina character. “Her entire grappling with signing her name away in the Book of the Beast and questioning a lot of the more patriarchal elements of what she was raised to believe and to go into. I think that in and of itself is very feminist and she’s a strong independent woman and she stands up for herself and she does what she thinks is right.” ALSO: Shipka wants a Riverdale-Sabrina crossover.
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 5:55PM EDT
Kiernan Shipka was considered for Riverdale's Betty before signing on for Sabrina role
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“Kiernan was iconic in Mad Men, and I had even thought about her, I was like, ‘Oh I wonder if she’d ever do Betty,'” Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tells EW.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's practicing pagan production designer gives a behind-the-scenes look at the set
Production designer Lisa Soper began her job by doing tarot card readings for each of the Sabrina characters to determine their mood, color and personality. Those tarot card readings were instrumental in designing the characters' bedrooms. Soper, a practicing pagan, also did a lot of homework to convey the themes of the show and the inner psyche of the characters. “I’m obsessed with research, absolutely obsessed,” she says. “It just adds that little bit more of the storytelling, and helps to enhance our characters, so they’re not walking in environments they don’t feel comfortable in. They’re walking into environments where they feel there’s a history.” ALSO: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is "hopeful" of a Riverdale-Sabrina crossover.