‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’: Can Fans Save the Netflix Series from Cancellation?
When Netflix announced that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina would end with Season 4, determined fans were left saying, “Not today Satan.” Many took to social media to campaign for a further renewal, but can the fan backlash actually save the beloved series from cancellation?
Netflix cancels ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ after Season 4
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, on July 8, Netflix confirmed that Season 4 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina would be its last. The series, which comes from Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is based on the graphic novels he wrote for Archie Comics.
“Working on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been an incredible honor from day one,” Aguirre-Sacasa said in a recent statement. “The cast, beginning with Kiernan [Shipka] as everyone’s favorite teen witch, has been an absolute joy.”
“I am beyond thankful to the crew, writers, editors, and everyone for pouring so much love into this dark dream of a show,” he continued. “I’m also grateful to our partners at Netflix, Warner Bros., Berlanti Television and Archie Comics for letting us tell the story we wanted to tell, the way we wanted to tell it. We can’t wait for everyone to see part four.”
Fans react to the disheartening news
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina fans were understandably disheartened at hearing the news of the series cancellation. And after Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted that a potential Riverdale crossover would have been seen in Season 5, fans were even more disappointed. Many took to social media to campaign for a series’ renewal.
“After the wildly successful release of Part 3, how does it make any sense that @netflix would cancel @sabrinanetflix?” one fan tweeted. “Make it make sense! #SaveSabrina.”
“I’ve grown so attached the characters in Sabrina,” another fan wrote on Twitter. “Why does this have to happen so soon? I’m not ready. Can it not be like Supernatural and have 15 seasons??”
Can ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ fans save the series?
Back in the day, when a series was canceled, that was pretty much it. But in today’s world, fans can pressure networks into bringing shows back by airing their collective dissatisfaction on social media. So, if enough Chilling Adventures of Sabrina fans push Netflix to renew the series, it could return for a fifth season.
In recent years, there have been a few popular shows that fans brought back from the dead. When Fox canceled Lucifer after its fourth season, fans pushed back with the #SaveLucifer campaign on Twitter, resulting in Netflix picking the show up for another two seasons. Timeless fans also campaigned for the show after it was canceled twice, and they ended up getting an extra season and a TV movie.
So it’s not far-fetched to think that CAOS fans can save the show. Within just one week of the cancellation news, over 135,000 people signed an online Change.org petition called ‘Renew Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.’
“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is an extremely popular show on the streaming service, “Netflix” on July 8th, 2020 it was announced that the show would be ending after it’s 4th season,” the petition reads. “We are petitioning to bring this back after it’s unfair cancellation and ask that it be renewed for a 5th season. The show is extremely loved by fans and we hope this petition can bring the show back from the dead.”
Netflix has yet to respond to the petition or fans’ renewal requests. But if they do end up changing their minds, fans would likely hear about it in the coming months.