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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 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 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 Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
How Riverdale gets away with being "patently ridiculous television"
As it returns for Season 3, The CW teen drama "has never met an idea it didn't want to immediately dial to 11 and send to the moon," says Joshua Rivera. "And that's how Riverdale got away with it, over and over again: It just kept going, introducing a new outrageous idea before you could fully process the outrageousness of the one you just saw. Riverdale dished out plot twists the way Donald Trump spouts lies—relentlessly, with five more at the ready before you can even get a question out about the first one. This is something the show hilariously acknowledges when it returns Wednesday night for its third season by literally putting Archie Andrews on trial for season two." He adds that viewers know Riverdale is ridiculous. "But the trick, the secret of the whole show, I think, is a moment when the core quartet reminisce about summers they used to spend at a watering hole we've never seen them in," he says. "It's a moment that explains why Riverdale works: it anchors all of its wild plotting with the notion that things were different once. Their world shouldn't be this way. And that's the tension of the show—because while we tune in to see what new crazy new twists are in store, we secretly hope for the town of Riverdale to somehow find a sense of normalcy again, even though we know you can't ever get that back."
- Riverdale boss Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says Season 3 is “teen detectives meets True Detective”
- Lili Reinhart explains the season premiere's shocking final scene
- Why Riverdale removed a line from the Season 3 premiere that was featured in the trailer
- Is Ethel Muggs the true criminal mastermind of Riverdale?
- The season premiere somewhat does a disservice to K.J. Apa
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Lili Reinhart praises Riverdale producers for not giving fans what they want
“It would so much less interesting if everything that fans wanted to happen on the show happened," Reinhart said at New York Comic Con, telling showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa "I applaud you for doing that." She added: "I feel like the steam would run out really quickly. I think it is good that the writers continue for what they want — their vision. It is not anyone else’s vision.” ALSO: Riverdale co-stars Camila Mendes and Charles Melton are dating.
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.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Why Sabrina was rejected from appearing on Riverdale
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the showrunner behind The CW's Riverdale and Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, says he considered bringing Sabrina to Riverdale as the antagonist and as a potential cliffhanger "before Riverdale exploded and found its footing as sort of a noir, crime, pulp show." Ultimately, he and his team changed their minds. “For various reasons, and I think partly because Riverdale found its footing as more crime show, that felt less and less like the right fit,” he says. “It felt like if Riverdale is crime and pulp and all that stuff, then Sabrina could be horror. It felt like there was a separation between Greendale and Riverdale — magic should exist in Greendale, but not in Riverdale. That was the thought.”
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 2:43PM EDT
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will do an homage to The Exorcist
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"I love The Exorcist," says creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. "It’s one of my favorite movies....We’re doing an homage to that; we’re doing an episode that’s like (The Exorcist).”
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Riverdale boss teases another "very different" spinoff
Executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa nixed the idea of a crossover with his Netflix Riverdale spinoff Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. But he did say he's working on a spinoff that is "very different from Riverdale." “We’re really excited, but we’re still early on in the process," he said, declining to give any details. ALSO: Riverdale plans a dark homage to The Breakfast Club.
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 2:50PM EDT
Riverdale won't be crossing over with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The CW president Mark Pedowitz said "there will be no cross connection” -- at least for now -- between Riverdale and its Netflix spinoff Sabrina, even though they share the same executive producer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Riverdale boss promises "a lot more high school stuff" next season
Source: The A.V. Club
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says Riverdale will focus on school a bit more in Season 3 because students will be entering their junior year, when they start thinking about college. “We’re going to try to infuse this season with a lot more high school stuff,” he says, adding: “We’re going to talk about SATs, applying to colleges, advisers, extracurriculars, etc.”
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Riverdale creator offers a Season 3 preview
"And so Season 3 of #Riverdale begins! Thrilled & honored to get to tell more stories w/this incredible cast & crew!" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted on Wednesday, complete with an Archie Comics-style drawing from the season premiere's script. ALSO: Camila Mendes, a body positivity advocate, says Charles Melton called to apologize for his old fat-shaming tweets.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Riverdale creator talks about the shocking Season 2 finale and the challenges of filling a 22-episode season
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Robert Aguirre-Sacasa says going from 13 episodes in Season 1 to 22 episodes in Season 2 required shifting genres. "Without question, it's harder to fill 22 hours of television versus 13 hours of television," he says. "That's just harder to do, but we almost change genre week to week. 'This week, it's a musical. This week, it's a horror movie. This week, it's The Godfather. This week, it's a kidnapping thriller. This week, it's the Blossom gothicness.'" The idea is keeping it fresh and telling a story for a big cast of characters."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Netflix's Sabrina series oficially gets a title: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced on Twitter that the show based on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book series will retain its title on Netflix. He also revealed the first official image of Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka in the title role.