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Posted Thursday 1/17/19 at 6:19PM EST
Riverdale to tackle Heathers: The Musical
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The CW series announced it is doing another musical based on an iconic high school film. “Last year, we had a blast doing Carrie," says showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa of the musical episode, scheduled for March 20. This year, we wanted to honor another iconic teen movie. Heathers: The Musical is BIG FUN, with great roles for the Riverdale kids. And everyone is singing…” This will be the second time in a year that Heathers is being brought to the small screen, following Paramount Network's failed reboot. The musical will feature Veronica Lodge as Heather McNamara, Betty Cooper as Heather Duke and Cheryl Blossom as Heather Chandler. Archie Andrews will also appearing in the musical despite the events of this week's episode.
Posted Tuesday 12/18/18 at 1:33PM EST
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina renewed for Seasons 3 and 4
Netflix has ordered 16 more episodes of the Kiernan Shipka-led drama series that will air in two parts (Parts 3 and 4). “Praise Satan! I’m so grateful to my partners at Warner Brothers, Netflix, Berlanti Television and Archie Productions for supporting this darker vision of the world’s most famous teen witch,” Chilling Adventures of Sabrina creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said in a statement. “And I’m thrilled to be continuing to tell Sabrina’s chilling adventures with our incredible cast and crew, led by the unstoppable Kiernan Shipka.”
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 8:23PM EST
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina boss realized he wanted to do a Christmas special while filming Season 2
Source: Vanity Fair
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tells Vanity Fair his staff wasn't initially enthusiastic about Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale, but Netflix was quickly aboard with the hope that it would be a Christmas present to fans. As Joanna Robinson explains, "the result is a special that carefully straddles the line between stand-alone and serialized episode." Aguirre-Sacasa says “I kind of had to thread the needle a little bit" in setting the episode between Seasons 1 and 2. Is the episode, dropping Friday, a standalone episode or does it connect the two seasons? "It’s a little bit of both, to be honest," Aguirre-Sacasa tells EW. "When we decided that we were going to try to do a special episode to drop around Christmas, we wanted it to be a standalone insofar that everything you need to enjoy the episode is in the episode. But there are elements that we serialized through the first part of the season that we did have to carry through and help us set up the second part of the season."
Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 2:28AM EST
Riverdale boss talks about the fall finale, says Archie's hair color is a "huge" development
"That is a huge question motivating the next few episodes," says executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. "I’m not even kidding you! It’s a giant question. It’s funny: KJ (Apa) called me and was like, 'Dude, do I really have to dye my hair back and forth, back and forth?' I was like, 'KJ, I don’t know what to tell you, dude. We’ve gotta figure out a way to do it.' (Laughs) He was a real trouper about it.
Posted Wednesday 11/21/18 at 6:26PM EST
Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are debunking the romanticization of America's 1950s heyday
The CW and Netflix teen dramas, both from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, "are built on a similar retrograde aesthetic," says Elizabeth Skoski. "But unlike their ’70s and ’80s counterparts, the shows use it not just to create setting, but as a vehicle to address deeper contemporary issues. Their surfaces ooze with the best memories of vintage purity meant to make them feel untouchable, secure, and wholesome. But just as underneath their veneers, the towns of Riverdale and Greendale are actually filled with secrets, murders, and lies from serial killers to literal witch hunts, the harkened-to time period itself, that late 1950s/early 1960s heyday that conservative America loves to portray as 'great,' is a lie that ignores its true history. The longing for a romanticized past ignores the era’s segregation, sexism, and homophobia (or maybe it longs for those things, too, but never out loud). Instead of ignoring these issues, Riverdale and Sabrina lean into them—hard."
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.