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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Review: The Perfect End?

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is taking its final bow when the fourth season premieres on Netflix on New Year’s Eve (December 31). 

Sabrina and friends embark on one final adventure to save Greendale from the Eldritch Terrors, though, if I’m being frank, both the coven and Sabrina’s mortal friends prove that they have enough steam to continue on for several more seasons.

And while the eight episodes are a testament to the fact that the cancellation was premature, one can also justify that they prove the very belief that sometimes it’s better to end when you’re in your prime. 

And praise heavens, Sabrina is in that prime as season 4 allows itself to fully exist in the madness and chaos that it has created over the years. 

After all, how much more danger and destruction could this small town suffer at the hands of the supernatural?

The Eldritch Terrors, which descend upon Greendale, aren’t just a threat to Greendale, however. The ancient entities that culminate with the arrival of the Void — the end of all things — pose a threat to the world and all the realms.

A race to stop the “end of all things” is admittedly quite a fitting and meta theme for the final season. 

Each episode, which is more like a mini jam-packed movie, finds Sabrina and team putting their heads together to fend off the terrors. Though they aren’t as fully prepared for what’s to come as Faustus Blackwood – who has been obsessing about the wicked things to come since season 3 (remember he snagged the Time Egg, the twins, and Agatha and did some ritual in which he declared that it would be “the beginning of the end of the Spellmans.”) – they do have one weapon in their arsenal that proves to be paramount: Ambrose. 

The show may revolve around Sabrina – she’s the titular character after all – but Ambrose has always been the brains behind the operations, now even more than ever. Chance Perdomo truly gets to shine this season as he leans on the vast knowledge his character has acquired over the centuries. Even when Ambrose isn’t exactly himself, he’s still Sabrina’s go-to, and it’s lovely to see him get the screen time he so very much deserves.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Review

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Sabrina’s relationships are in a state of turmoil at the kickstart of the season as she realizes that not having the world revolve around her is a pretty isolating feeling. And that’s because at her core, Sabrina thrives on being the heroine; it seems like that’s her true purpose in life.

After all, she declares that she’s “always responsible for what’s happening,” and she’s not wrong. Back in season 3, Sabrina (and Sabrina Morningstar) created a time paradox when they chose to exist simultaneously and facing those repercussions is par for the course. Kiernan Shipka gets to continue exploring both of these characters, and admittedly, Brina was onto something as two Sabrina’s are better than one. 

However, Sabrina needs her friends and family more than ever when the terrors arrive. The power of the coven has always been instrumental in taking down evil and that only intensifies this season as they even work along with their enemies from hell towards the common goal of survival.

By now, not only do the characters know themselves inside and out, but so do the actors portraying them. The deep understanding and comfort-level of these characters allows them to play with the roles in a few episodes where reality is distorted. It’s a blast to watch, and maybe this is me being biased, but I’m a sucker for scenes with alternate realities as they provide an even greater obstacle to overcome. 

Sure, it’s impressive to defeat a terror when everything is normal, but how do you go about it when the reality you’ve grown accustomed to is flipped upside down?

The episodes have a bit of a season 3 time-traveling vibe, but it’s less complex and much easier to follow. Kudos to the writers for realizing that they needed to simplify it for it to make any sense… even by supernatural standards. Through more cohesive storytelling, the audience is always up to speed as episodes flow seamlessly into each other. 

The fact that the characters are so established also allows for further character development, which is done best with Roz. She’s always been one of the most promising characters next to Sabrina, and in her final arc, she learns more about herself and her cunning.

The dynamics of freedom and power have always been toyed with since the first episode, but it’s nice to see it happen for someone other than Sabrina! 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Review

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Blackwood becomes the biggest obstacle as he’s obsessed with the terrors and continues to stand in the way moreso than Lucifer, who has taken a bit of a backseat and embraced a more comedic nature. Prudence was right in season 3 – they should have killed him when they had the chance. 

One of my biggest gripes with the series is the lack of character development for Judas and Judith; throughout the season’s, they barely serve a purpose and are only included as mute sidekicks for Blackwood. I would have liked them to be more than just placeholders. 

Lilith undergoes quite a traumatic experience, but in true fashion, always comes out on top and better than ever thanks to Michelle Gomez’s acting chops – she impeccably pulls double duty portraying both Lilith and meek Mary Wardwell, who, well, I can’t even figure out what her deal is by the end of the season.  

Fans have mentioned that one of the biggest problems with the series is the lack of permanent deaths or any true threat. Of course, in previous seasons, that was harder to accomplish than in the final season where anything goes. 

The thinning of the fabric between life or death is much more prevalent in the final season for that reason; the stakes are raised and so are concerns about whether your favorites will manage to stop the evils from descending and save humankind.

Romance is definitely front-and-center, next to the terrors, of course, as Nick informs Sabrina that they are endgame (as seen in the season 4 trailer). Will he manage to prove it to her? Strap in, Nick Scratch fans. There’s also some sweet moments for Hilda and Dr.C, but sadly, not everyone gets their happily ever after by the curtain close, and that’s just a bullet we’re going to have to bite. 

Best of all, the show never takes itself too seriously despite its dark nature. 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina merges with Sabrina the Teenage Witch and welcomes Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

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As previously revealed, Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick, who played the iconic roles of Aunt Hilda and Zelda on The WB’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch, guest star in an episode that toys with the idea of reality. 

The two appear as Sabrina is fighting “The Endless” terror and finds herself stuck in a “diabolical sitcom that never stops filming.” The episode even features a laugh track and a talking Salem, a nod to the original sitcom that ran from 1996-2003. Its moments like these that allow the series to shine and pay tribute to what came before it. The only miss is that they didn’t cast Nick Bakay as the voice of Salem! 

There are several other easter eggs throughout the episode, along with a few winks to Riverdale, and the attention to detail will be much appreciated by longtime fans. 

Over the course of four seasons (which is really only a year by the show’s standards as Brina turns 17 in the series finale), Sabrina has grown from a girl who wanted to have it all to a woman that was secure in being a half-mortal and half-witch.

Her ambitions know no bounds, she never takes no for an answer, and she understands the depths and limitations of her powers next to her male counterparts, who are always looking to knock her down.

While season 4 puts the most at risk with the fate of the world solely in Sabrina’s hands, it doesn’t offer as many cheap thrills mostly because it doesn’t need to. The series has already built up a loyal fan base that eagerly suspends disbelief to get lost in the non-sensical magic. But don’t worry, there’s still a good amount of gore and blood, which makes up for the lack of jump-out-of-your-seat moments.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Review

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) LUKE COOK as LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR, CHANCE PERDOMO as AMBROSE SPELLMAN, and MIRANDA OTTO as ZELDA SPELLMAN in episode 213 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Cr. DIYAH PERA/NETFLIX © 2020

In addition to offering sensational storytelling, the series also offers up closure. 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina took a handful of household characters and made them darker, better, and more memorable. It’s what Riverdale always strived to be but never could – a show that reveled in its darkness and mystery. 

Just remember… every ending is sad, but it’s no reason not to enjoy the journey. And the final installment is one hell of a wild ride through every realm!

4.6/5

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    Pat Sajak Kicks Off Final Run on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Season 41

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    The beginning of the end is officially upon us! 

    Wheel of Fortune Season 41 was set to kick off today, September 11, 2023, with a momentous premiere marking Pat Sajak’s final spin with the game show. Unfortunately, due to the Monday Night’s NFL Kickoff, the episode will not be airing in its regularly scheduled slot of 6:30 p.m. CT in some markets. Instead, episode 401 was preempted and scheduled on the lineup to air at 3:07 a.m. CT, while the second episode of the season, is set to air normally on September 12th at 6:30 p.m. CT.

    The article has been updated to reflect this schedule change. 

    The longtime host announced his departure this summer. He has helmed the game show for 40 years alongside Vanna White, who is also set to return for the 41st season, though she will be away for a week as she came down with COVID-19 while filming, forcing her to miss a handful of episodes. 

    Still, it’s going to be a season to remember as things will never be the same again once Ryan Seacrest takes over, replacing Sajak in 2024. Sajak first joined in 1981, filling the spot previously held by Chuck Woolery and making the game show an American staple. 

    However, Sajak was ready to close this chapter of his life, previously declaring, “Well, the time has come. I’ve decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last. It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months.”

    Fans aren’t looking forward to the change, with many commenting that it’s the “last” season they will watch on the WOF Instagram and Twitter posts promoting the premiere. 

    Wheel of Fortune Season 41 will kick off with the theme “European Vacation,” airing episodes every night of the week at 6:30 pm CT on ABC.

    It’s unclear if White, who hasn’t gotten a raise in 18 years, will continue on with the show once Seacrest takes over, but since she’s so iconic and integral to the show’s success, we hope that she gets what she deserves! 

    And we hope everyone enjoys the final season with the iconic duo of Sajak and White!

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    2023 Fall TV Schedule—Here are the 17 Shows That Need to Be on Your Radar

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    The 2023 fall TV season is going to look slightly different this year than in previous years amid the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. 

    Networks have been working overtime to overhaul the schedules and lineups to present the best content possible, so while new productions are currently paused, there are plenty of already-completed shows in the pipeline that are ready for their premiere, along with some “new-ish” shows that are either coming from streaming or Canada directly to your primetime network. 

    We’re breaking down all of the must-watch and highly-anticipated shows—new and returning—for the fall TV season below! You don’t have to look far to find something to enjoy, so let us know what’s making your list this season.

     

    Wilderness – Sept 15 on Prime Video 

    Based on the 2017 novel of the same name written by B.E. Jones, the series focuses on a seemingly perfect couple who have it all whose dream vacation swiftly turns into a nightmare fueled by heartbreak and revenge. The cast includes Jenna Coleman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Ashley Benson. 

     

    All Rise – Sept. 16 on Own 

    If you’ve been with All Rise since its CBS days, you’re going to want to catch the final third season for a proper goodbye and to see how it all ends following the shocking cliffhanger, while also digging into the last legal cases on the series. 

     

    American Horror Story – Sept 20 on FX

    AHS: Delicate, the 12th installment of the horror franchise, arrives just in time for spooky season. And for the first time ever, a season is based on a novel by Danielle Valentine titled Delicate Condition, which gives plenty of Rosemary’s Baby vibes. The talk of the town is the casting, which includes Emma Roberts in the lead role alongside Kim Kardashian, The Resident’s Matt Czuchry, and Cara Delevigne. It will be split into two parts, with the first arriving on Sept. 20 on FX and streaming the next day on Hulu. There’s currently no premiere date for the second part, however, the AHS spinoff American Horror Stories will also return with a four-episode Halloween event on Hulu on Oct. 26. Get ready for the thrills. 

     

    The Irrational – Sept. 25 on NBC

    Alec Mercer is “the science guy,” who knows a thing or two about psychology and what makes people do certain things, which is particularly useful when trying to solve difficult and high-stakes cases and murders. Not only is the premise catchy and appeals to procedural fans, but its also got a stacked cast with Jesse L. Martin, Maahra Hill, Travina Springer, Molly Kunz, and more.

     

    Sullivan’s Crossing – Oct. 4 on The CW

    The Canadian series is making its way to The CW, and fans of small-town shows like Virgin River are going to love it! 

    The series, adapted from the bestselling novels by Robyn Carr (who also penned the aforementioned Netflix hit) stars Morgan Kohan, One Tree Hill’s Chad Michael Murray, and Gilmore Girl’s Scott Patterson as it follows the journey of a neurosurgeon named Maggie Sullivan who rediscovers her past after leaving Boston for the refuge of her childhood home in Sullivan’s crossing following some legal trouble.

     

    Goosebumps – Oct. 13 on Disney+ and Hulu

    Re-live your childhood with the Goosebumps live-action series based on R.L. Stine’s bestselling books. The first five episodes will drop on Friday, Oct. 13 (fittingly) as part of Disney+’s “Hallowstream” and Hulu’s “Huluween” celebrations, with the remaining 5 episodes premiering weekly. The first two episodes will also hit Freeform for “31 Nights of Halloween.”

    As for what to expect, it will center on five high schoolers who investigate the tragic passing of a teen three decades prior while unearthing dark secrets from their parents’ past. The series is sure to deliver one spooky adventure! 
     

     

    Ghosts UK – Nov. 16 on CBS

    Before there was the U.S. version of Ghosts, the U.K. version was the talk of the town. The critically acclaimed series, which inspired the CBS adaptation, will be filling the void this season as the network has acquired the episodes for a November premiere. See how it all started—and compare versions to figure out which one you like better, though I’ve heard the original is bloody brilliant. Ghosts UK ran for a total of 4 seasons, kicking off in 2019. 

     

    Virgin River Holiday episodes – Nov. 30 on Netflix

    Virgin River Season 5 just hit the streaming giant on Sept. 7, but fans will be getting a holiday present in the form of two bonus episodes that will have you spending the Christmas season in your favorite scenic small town. Find out what’s in store—spoiler, it’s likely plenty of cozy vibes with a dash of drama

     

    Sex Education – Sept 21. on Netflix

    The wait is almost over. Following a two-year hiatus, Sex Education is back and better than ever for its final season, consisting of eight total episodes, including a final that clocks in at 83 minutes. You can get all the necessary closure on Sept. 21. 

    The reboot of the popular 1990s drama is leaping back to NBC this October with two new faces joining the team—Queen of the South’s Peter Gadiot and The 100’s Eliza Taylor—as series regulars. It’s one of the few scripted projects hitting broadcast amid the strike and will feature plenty of incredible guest stars along the way Manifest’s Melissa Roxburgh and Blindspot’s Francois Arnaud.

     

    Chucky – Oct. 4 on Syfy 

    The famous foul-mouthed killer doll is back to bring more nightmares straight to your screen. Jennifer Tilly and Brad Dourif will be reprising their roles in the slasher as Chucky infiltrates the nation’s capital in an attempt to take over the first family for murderous reasons.

     

    Lupin – Oct. 5 on Netflix

    It’s been 2 years since we’ve last checked in on Assane Diop, now in hiding as he’s known as France’s most-wanted fugitive, but we’ll finally get to catch up with him this October when the third season drops. And a teaser revealed plans for his biggest, boldest, and most “insane” heist to date, setting his sights on the Black Pearl, which becomes the source of many problems after kidnappers take hold of his mother in exchange for the gem. The escapades will stretch a total of 7 episodes. 

     

    Loki – Oct 6. on Disney+

    It’s an MCU world and we’re just living in it. You know when McDonald’s throws a whole promotion behind your show, it’s a big deal. The second installment will find Tom Hiddleston’s character trying to make sense of everything that transpired at the end of season 1. And don’t worry, he’ll still be slipping through time and space, pulled between the past, the present, and the future, as evidenced by plenty of trippy visuals. 

     

    The Fall of the House of Usher – Oct. 12 on Netflix

    Netflix is taking a bite out of the horror genre with a series inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s work, an 1839 short story of the same name. Roderick Usher (played by The Resident’s Bruce Greenwood) is, fittingly, the CEO of a corrupt pharmaceutical company, who has to face his past when his children, the heirs, begin to perish mysteriously. There are elements of pure horror mixed with dark comedy for an offering perfect for spooky season.

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
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    Frasier Revival – Oct 12. on Paramount+

    Original series star Kelsey Grammer is Dr. Frasier Crane and embarks on a new chapter in a different city that forces him to face new challenges, relationships, and more. There’s definitely a nostalgia angle at play, but it’s nice reconnecting with a familiar face after all these years.

     

    Fear The Walking Dead – Oct. 22 on AMC

    The Walking Dead spinoff is gearing up to air its final set of episodes, with a focus on the core original characters including Madison and Strand’s reunion. And there’s even a resurrection for a character long presumed dead as a teaser shows Tory Otto is very much alive and ready for sweet revenge. I guess it’s to be expected for a show about zombies, right? See how it all ends this October. 

     

    NCIS: Syndey – Nov. 13 on CBS

    NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i may be on hiatus, but NCIS: Sydney, the highly anticipated spinoff series, will be entertaining fans this fall. The franchise is expanding, offering plenty of gorgeous new scenery for fans to take in, while keeping in line with what they’ve come to expect in terms from the elite group, including signature uniforms and action. The cast will include Brit Olivia Swann, leading the NCIS part of the team as NCIS Special Agent Michelle Mackey, with Aussie Todd Lasance as her 2IC AFP counterpart, Sergeant Jim “JD” Dempsey.

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    Virgin River is giving a holiday gift of two bonus episodes. 

    After all 10 episodes of the fifth season arrive on Sept. 7, fans can look forward to two additional holiday-themed episodes streaming a few months down the line as “part 2” on Thursday, Nov. 30. It will be the show’s first-ever Christmas offering, bringing the episode count to 12 in total for season 5. 

    The 10th episode, the unofficial “season finale,” even included a time-jump four months into the future, setting the scene for the additional episodes as Mel and Jack can be seen gearing up for Christmas by decorating their cabin with wreaths and lights. 

    Mel is chatting with her sister, Joey, as Jack asks if she and the kids are excited for their first Virgin River Christmas.

    A few days after the fifth season premiered, Lauren Hammersley, who plays Charmaine, shared the first look at the holiday episodes, revealing what fans can expect—and yes, Christmas in Virgin River looks just as magical as you’d expect. 

    As the town goes all-out for the Christmas tree decorating competition (the grand prize is a Yule log and bragging rights), Mel, who is sporting some chic new bangs, explains that she’s looking for her biological father as she wants to know “what happened.”

    By the end of the brief trailer, she informs Jack that they’ve located him, with Preacher noting that he’s “still in Virgin River.” There are a handful of possibilities as to who it could be, which we break down in full right here

    Lizzie’s pregnancy is also addressed as she has doubts about whether she’ll be a good mom as Hope (likely) gears up to give her some incredible advice. 

    And speaking of pregnancies, one of the longest in TV history is finally coming to an end as Charmaine begins experiencing contractions at Doc’s practice and Mel jumps in to help.

    As for Brady and Brie shippers, there may still be hope for their reconciliation after all as she approaches her ex and accidentally meets him right under the mistletoe. One fan in the comments suggested that she’s now doing the chasing, though a later scene, which seems to be a holiday dinner with everyone in town, sees her cozying up to Mike, so it seems she’s still very much conflicted on matters of the heart. 

    The only upsetting storyline includes Preacher, who may have found love with Kaia, but whose life might also blow up now that they’ve located Wes’ body after the fire. 

    “This thing is about to blow,” Mike tells him over the phone as Kaia inquires if he can clue her in on anything. 

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
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    We have to wait till Nov. 30 to see how everything unfolds, but remember, despite the drama and love triangles, it’s still the most wonderful time of the year!

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