Hollywood North: Magical time for Vancouver TV production

Vancouver’s already booming film and television industry will be bursting at the seams next month as the network TV pilot season gets underway with six wannabe series shooting in town.

Kiernan Shipka - Photograph by Williams & Hirakawa

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, an upcoming Netflix series based on the Sabrina the Teenage Witch comic books, starts production next month in Vancouver with Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka in the role of the young conjurer.

Like Riverdale, this new Archie Comic companion series will explore darker themes than the 90s Sabrina sitcom that starred Melissa Joan Hart as the teen witch.

The series, which has a two-season, 20 episode commitment from Netflix, will revolve around a 16-year-old Sabrina’s choice to either stay a witch or become a mortal forever. Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, the series showrunner and co-creator of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book, calls it a “dark, occult coming of age story.”