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Pretty Little Liars is one of our all time favourite dark teen dramas – so when we heard one of the Liars themselves had been cast in a Riverdale spin-off, to say we were excited is an understatement. 

Lucy Hale, who played Aria Montgomery in PLL, is returning to our screens in another Archie Comic adaptation, called Katy Keene. 

The show will follow a number of creatives as they fight to make their mark in New York City. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lucy, who will play the lead role as Katy, will portray the wannabe fashion designer in the musical (!!!) drama/comedy. 

'Well I’m slightly freaking out ! Thank you…for trusting me to be your KATY KEENE. my heart is bursting' she posted to Twitter. 

Lucy will be joined by Riverdale’s Ashleigh Murray, who will continue her role as Josie McCoy as she attempts to make it big as a singer in New York.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Also on the cast are Jonny Beauchamp and Julia Chan. Jonny will play Jorge/Ginger Lopez, a drag performer with Broadway aspirations, while Julia plays Pepper Smith, an It girl influencer. 

There is not yet a premiere date for Katy Keene, but we'll definitely be tuning in.

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has us wrapped around it's teen-horror finger; we LIVE and breathe witchcraft and drama.

Of course, the show-runner for the Netflix show, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is also the creator of Riverdale, and both shows are based on the classic Archie comics.

How great would it be if the two magical shows aligned? We'd be 100% here for it, that's for sure.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to Shipka, spicing up the lives of Greendale's inhabitants would be easy for Archie Andrews; “My idea, personally, is that I think we need to get one of the Riverdale characters over on our show,"

A mash-up would make absolutely perfect sense since Greendale is actually Riverdale's neighbouring town, and both series' were adapted by the same person.

Just imagine the interactions, Ambrose and Jughead would be moody yet sassy BFF's, Sabrina and Betty would probably braid each other's hair, and Salem would be taken good care of by Dark Betty.

Anything is possible lads.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shipka spoke to Entertainment Tonight about her simple yet effective idea for a Riverdale crossover;

"I think Archie should just wander over to Greendale. Like, he goes on runs. He's athletic. He can run into Greendale one day….Right?"

"I honestly think that Archie hopping on over into our show would be awesome. My main pitch is always that… Forget the Gargoyle King! What is happening in the town over?," she continued.

What would Sabrina order at Pop's Diner?

Would Sabrina and Archie have a romance plot, similar to the comics? 

There are just SO MANY exciting things that could happen, fingers crossed that this actually happens.

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has caused QUITE a stir since it exploded onto Netflix this year.

The series was ordered from Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa as part of a two-season agreement, which means we are guaranteed more magic, more unreal characters like Ambrose and Harvey Kindle, and more unbelievably chic hairstyles.

I mean, her icy blonde locks at the end of season one? Slay much? Goals?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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News has just hit that as well as season two premiering on April 5 2019, Netflix has renewed the show for at least two more seasons; this means sixteen BEAUT more episodes to be divided over seasons three and four.

We honestly can't get enough. Just hook us up to an IV of Ambrose's honey-toned voice saying 'cousin' on repeat.

Since the finale of season one, fans have been speculating what exactly is in store for season two.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

Sabrina has now signed her name in the book of the beast, her hair has gotten lighter and her lipstick darker, Aunt Hilda's new beau is definitely malicious in some way, Principal Hawthorne is dead thanks to Madam Satan (AKA Lilith, mother of demons).

The cast have already filmed season two, with production beginning in March of this year. The seasons were filmed back-to-back, so they know everything that happens up until season three… please TELL US.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Season two will also have 10 episodes. according to Deadline.

Kiernan Shipka has also revealed to Bloody Disgusting in October 2018 that;

“Sabrina definitely changes and shifts a lot. Her growth is very evident and the second season definitely has a different spin on it than the first season. They are very different from each other.”

Season two is set to pick up straight away from the endingof season one, and the mid-winter special has already aired. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sabrina herself has claimed;

“I would just say that, without giving too much away, because it would be a bit of a spoiler, the way that Sabrina’s life takes certain turns and certain decisions she makes inform the second season."

"The finale of the first season sets up a lot. It goes in a different direction. We see more different characters. It deals with a different side of things.”

Filming, as per Shipka's Instagram and Ross Lynch's updates, wrapped in December 2018. There are also rumours that Salem might get his own special episode.

Speaking to IndieWire in October, the showrunner acknowledged Salem’s history, saying; “We’ve definitely talked about doing a Salem-centric episode where we learn more about his life,” RAS said.

Despite the fact that the kitty didn't have any dialogue in the first season, “That isn’t to say that Salem won’t talk in the future.” Our ears are pricked, fam.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Season two is set to have some brand new faces added to the mix.

According to Deadline, actor Alexis Denisof (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) will play Mary Wardwell’s boyfriend who returns to Greendale from abroad, but has no idea that his girlfriend is POSSESSED. Ooh, we are ready.

Jedidiah Goodacre (The OriginalsSupernatural and The 100) plays Dorian Gray, a warlock who owns a nightclub called Dorian Gray’s Room. Yep, it's a Oscar Wilde reference.

Get ready to binge season two when it's released on the first Friday in April, we CANNOT WAIT.

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Welcome to Riverdale’s neighbouring Greendale, where “it always feels like Halloween.”

The new Netflix reboot based on the Archie Comics original has already received hugely positive reviews, and now it's our turn to investigate. 

From the opening theme with it's rich, horror-soaked animation paired with eerie music, Sabrina adopts the alluring fantasy of the supernatural and brings it into 2018.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men fame steps into the role of a sweet-looking girl with a wicked secret. We’re hooked already, tbh.

The modern-day teen drama is perfect for the time. Sabrina Spellman is a seriously empowered, political gal who we can easily see protesting on the streets looking glam AF, with Harvey on her arm.

On her 16th birthday, Sabrina will have to choose “between two worlds: the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends.”

The main gal herself is ordered to choose between the mortal world and the world of Satan, but it is only a deceitful imposter of a choice, in reality she has no control over what is going on around her.

Forces around her are trying to pull her a million ways, and the secret is simmering throughout the opening episodes in regards to why exactly she is being lied to about her heritage.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her ‘Dark Baptism’ (what even?) is the night where her life-changing decision must be made, and it’s quite a scene.

Sabrina, whose father was a powerful Satanic priest (the Salem equivalent of your dad being on the Supreme Court) and whose mother was a mortal, is expected to pledge allegiance to the Dark Lord, Lucifer himself, and renounce her human ties.

In return, she gets unfathomable power—but only in return for total and unquestionable loyalty.

Naturally, Sabrina doesn’t want to leave her friends and boyfriend behind, which is the consequence of choosing to serve the devil. So far, so relatable.

Harvey is adorbs to be fair; Disney Channel doesn’t seem suitable for child actor Ross Lynch in this context. He’s a slightly minor character in the initial few episodes, with the main draw obviously being Sabrina and her struggle surrounding her Sweet Sixteen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The show paints a far more macabre, historically accurate picture of witchcraft, which has long been associated with sexual deviance and the corruptible power of women.

First of all – I LOVE that she refuses to be bullied into making a choice – women are often cornered into sacrificing parts of who they are, but this gal is having NONE of it.

Her character is also more complex than her initial impression conveys- there are undoubtedly dark parts to her light aura. She is far too casual when discussing hexing her principal, for example. The spider scene which accompanies this hex is traumatic as a total arachnophobe, but I'll forgive them for it. Eventually.

I wasn't expecting to be genuinely spooked by some of the content, but it made it even more enjoyable. Think of it like a dramatic teenage female Harry Potter: an orphan with a colossal weight on her shoulders, an animal sidekick and some MAD sorcery skills.

Plenty of freaky stuff starts happening from the get go: she takes a bite of a malum malus—an evil apple, and has a vision of witches hanging from a tree.

She is told she must sign the Book of the Beast in the woods with her own blood. She gets a blood curse. The list goes on, really. The darkness and absurdity create a kind of gruesome and macabre humour, which grows as the episodes progress.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The audience becomes pretty desensitised to the weirdness, after all we have seen some pretty ridiculous stories from other YA series (Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twilight etc).

I was part of the generation that watched the 1990's Sabrina until the BITTER END. The bitter end being, of course, her wedding to long-time on and off boyfriend, Harvey.

The show ran from 1996 until 2003, and was far more comedic and slapstick than the current endeavour. Screwball humour, a hilarious witty cat named Salem and a leading lady who was far more relatable than other female characters on TV.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kiernan Shipka, who plays the protagonist, said, “It’s nothing like the ‘90s sassy, mean Salem at all. That’s its own thing that we’re not going to try to compete with or be in the slightest because you can’t live up to that in any way. This is more of a subtle sort of nod, I would say, to the old show.”

She's dead right, the new show is 100% not trying to imitate any of its predecessors, and this works in its favour. Loyalists of the Melissa Joan Hart edition will be fairly baffled at the lack of humour, and disappointed about Salem the wisecracking kitty being MUTE. 

I'll be honest, this devastated me. Salem was hilarious, the original was voiced by Nick Bakay and he's still iconic for his sassiness. The modern day Salem might well speak in future, the show's creator hasn't ruled it out.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The main positive of creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacaso's take on the show is the relevance to modern day and age of Me Too.

At Baxter High School, Sabrina stands up to bullies and founds a women’s intersectional cultural and creative association (WICCA) to provide students with support.

Her BFF Susie is gender non-conforming and suffers for it, and her STUH-NING cousin Ambrose (Chance Perdomo) is pansexual. He is such an aesthetically pleasing man, here's his Instagram for you all to creep on if you don't believe me.

He could win Most Beautiful Mortician of All Time any day, but who can say if this is a hotly contested competition.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As a witch participating in various ceremonies, Sabrina publicly objects to the controlling behaviour of Satan himself. She's braver than us…

She’s of the social media generation, woke AF would be the phrase that immediately comes to mind. She's super savvy, and sniffs out injustices in her own world and in the supernatural.

We love a gal who questions authority. Witches historically have been used to fit the zeitgeist of the time, and the current political climate is part of the reason why the show could be taking off.

The notion of what would happen if women had supernatural power has terrified communities around the world since the 13th century.

The show has already been confirmed for a season two, before season one had even aired.

One down-side of Sabrina for me is the over-the-top theatricality in some parts, but we can’t deny it’s entertainment value.

The orgy scenes, for example, were a bit much considering Sabrina Spellman is sixteen and has an adorable boyfriend, but we get what they were going for.

Maybe they’re trying to embody the wilderness and confusion of adolescence, or maybe they’re just in the mood for some seriously sinister teenage drama. Who can tell?

What no one can deny about the Archie Comics reboots is that teenage angst is taken totally seriously; the adolescent frustrations, anxieties, passions and friendships are all explored and given a platform.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa of Riverdale fame has his roots showing in this context. Riverdale had a plot in season one and has now just completely gone off in bizarre tangents, hopefully Sabrina doesn't end up going down this route.

Melissa Joan Hart herself has given the Netflix effort her stamp of approval.

One thing's for sure: you won’t be bored, and you’ll definitely appreciate the fun she has with her wicked skills.

It's highly-enjoyable television that made me want to join a coven and curse the entire patriarchy. Well, even more so than I did before…

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is currently streaming on Netflix.

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We have been longing for Riverdale to return to our screens for what feels like forever. The teen drama series is one of our guilty pleasures so it’s safe to say we were delighted when we spotted the season three trailer today.

The upcoming season looks more dramatic than ever before, and awfully creepy.

There is a lot going on in the trailer so we had to watch it a couple times to take everything in.

First of all, it looks like Archie is in prison and to be frank, we are not one bit impressed. Our love for KJ Apa and his bushy eyebrows is so strong, so we don’t know how we’ll cope if he is stuck behind bars for half the season.

One of the biggest things we noticed in the trailer is basically everyone in Riverdale is hooking up and falling in love. Veronica and Archie, Kevin and Moose, Cheryl and Toni, Jughead and Betty.

Love is certainly in the air in the small town.

One couple we were slightly concerned about is Alice and FP. The pair clearly share a strong history, but will their potential relationship affect Bughead? We hope not.

 

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The trailer also features a glimpse at the cult, which Polly is a member of. There are fires, demonic figures and a lot of screaming, and to be honest, we’re just not here for it.

The Black Hood spooked us out enough, but it looks like season three is going to be even creepier than before.

 

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Nonetheless, we cannot wait for the show to return to our screens. Luckily, fans don’t have too long to wait.

Riverdale will return to Netflix on October 12.

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The trailer for season three of Riverdale has landed and we have chills. You’ll be covered in goosebumps after watching the thrilling promo for the popular CW teen drama.

The explosive season two finale left us with a LOT of questions, mainly about the dashingly handsome Archie’s faith. We last saw the ambitious singer being led off in handcuffs after being framed for murder by Hiram Lodge.

We also left the Cooper family in quite the distressed state after Betty’s dad Hal was unveiled as serial killer ‘The Black Hood’.

The new trailer gives fans a recap of the previous season finale, but more importantly it features new footage of Archie, Veronica, Betty and Jughead after ‘the worst summer ever'.

Archie tells his friends that he wants them to have a “great, normal Labour Day weekend”. The gang manage to enjoy their trip away, but Betty’s world comes crashing down when she returns home.

 

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The budding journalist spots her mum and sister Polly engaged in one freaky looking ritual in their back garden. They are standing around a fire, with what is believed to be a cult.

Apparently, Alice joined the cult after visiting The Farm- where Polly fled to after Jason’s death to raise their twins.

Beware- the freaky scene sees the pair holding the twin babies above the fire.

*Shudders*

Speaking of the new season, KJ Apa said that it will start off with Archie’s murder trial. “I guess we'll see if he's gonna go away or not,” the New Zealander teased.

 

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Season three will feature another musical episode, and we’ll also meet the rest of Jughead’s family.

Season 3 of Riverdale will return this Autumn.

Watch the gripping trailer for season three here:

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