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

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) KIERNAN SHIPKA as SABRINA in episode 213 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

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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

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) CHANCE PERDOMO as AMBROSE in episode
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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

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) RICHARD COYLE as FR. FAUSTUS BLACKWOOD in episode 212 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Cr. DIYAH PERA/NETFLIX © 2020

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

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) BETH BRODERICK as ZELDA and CAROLINE RHEA as HILDA in episode 215 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

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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    2024 Fall TV Lineup Has Officially Landed—What to Watch on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and The CW

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    Summer might be on everyone’s minds, but the fall TV lineup is already taking shape at many of our favorite networks. 

    Plenty of fan-favorites will be making their returns when the temps cool down again, including all One Chicago shows, FBI shows, Law & Order and SVU, Ghosts, 9-1-1, and competition shows like The Voice, American Idol, and The Masked Singer. 

    There will also be plenty of new shows on tap to check out like comedies Poppa’s House and St. Denis Medical, along with captivating dramas like NCIS: Origins and Murder in a Small Town. 

    Fans will have to say goodbye to some of their current faves that didn’t score renewals with their respective networks like ABC’s Not Dead Yet, NCIS: Hawai’i, Quantum Leap, Blue Bloods, and Extended Family.

    Many shows will also be held for the midseason lineup—such as The Cleaning Lady, NCIS: Sydney, The Price Is Right at Night and newcomer Watson. 

    See the full 2024 Fall TV Lineup from CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC and The CW below:

    ** New shows will be indicated in CAPS**

    CBS

    MONDAY
    8 pm The Neighborhood
    8:30 pm POPPA’S HOUSE (new comedy)
    9 pm NCIS
    10 pm NCIS: ORIGINS (new drama)

    TUESDAY
    8 pm FBI
    9 pm FBI: International
    10 pm FBI: Most Wanted

    WEDNESDAY (FALL)
    8 pm Survivor
    9:30 pm THE SUMMIT (new reality show)

    WEDNESDAY (WINTER)
    8 pm The Price Is Right at Night
    9 pm Raid the Cage
    10 pm HOLLYWOOD SQUARES (game show reboot)

    WEDNESDAY (SPRING)
    8 pm Survivor
    9:30 pm The Amazing Race

    THURSDAY
    8 pm GEORGIE & MANDY’S FIRST MARRIAGE (new comedy)
    8:30 pm Ghosts
    9 pm MATLOCK (new drama)
    10 pm Elsbeth

    FRIDAY (FALL)
    8 pm S.W.A.T.
    9 pm Fire Country
    10 pm Blue Bloods (final eight episodes)

    FRIDAY (SPRING)
    8 pm NCIS: Sydney (new time slot)
    9 pm Fire Country
    10 pm S.W.A.T. (new time slot)

    SATURDAY
    8 pm Drama encores
    9 pm Drama encores
    10 pm 48 Hours

    SUNDAY (FALL)
    7 pm 60 Minutes
    8 pm Tracker (new time slot)
    9 pm The Equalizer (new time slot)
    10 pm Drama encores

    SUNDAY (SPRING)
    7 pm 60 Minutes
    8 pm Tracker (new time slot)
    9 pm The Equalizer (new time slot)
    10 pm WATSON (new drama)

    NBC

    MONDAY
    8 pm The Voice
    10 pm BRILLIANT MINDS (new drama)

    TUESDAY
    8 pm ST. DENIS MEDICAL (new comedy)
    8:30 pm Night Court
    9 pm The Voice
    10 pm The Irrational

    WEDNESDAY
    8 pm Chicago Med
    9 pm Chicago Fire
    10 pm Chicago P.D.

    THURSDAY
    8 pm Law & Order
    9 pm Law & Order: SVU
    10 pm Found
    FRIDAY
    8 pm HAPPY’S PLACE (new comedy)
    8:30 pm Lopez vs. Lopez
    9 pm Dateline NBC

    SATURDAY
    7:30 pm Big Ten Saturday Night

    SUNDAY
    7 pm Football Night in America
    8:20 pm NBC Sunday Night Football

    FOX

    MONDAY
    8 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star
    9 pm RESCUE: HI-SURF (new drama)

    TUESDAY
    8 pm Accused
    9 pm MURDER IN A SMALL TOWN (new drama)

    WEDNESDAY
    8 pm The Masked Singer
    9 pm The Floor

    THURSDAY
    8 pm Hell’s Kitchen
    9 pm Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test

    FRIDAY
    8 pm Fox College Football Friday/Fox College Hoops/Fox UFL
    Reminder: WWE SmackDown moves to USA Network on Sept. 13

    SATURDAY
    7 pm Fox Sports Saturday

    SUNDAY
    7 pm NFL on Fox
    7:30 pm The OT / Fox Animation Encores
    8 pm The Simpsons
    8:30 pm UNIVERSAL BASIC GUYS (new animated comedy)
    9 pm Bob’s Burgers
    9:30 pm Krapopolis

    ABC

    MONDAY
    8 pm Monday Night Football (on select Mondays)

    TUESDAY
    8 pm Dancing With the Stars
    10 pm HIGH POTENTIAL (new drama)

    WEDNESDAY
    8 pm THE GOLDEN BACHELORETTE
    9:30 pm Abbott Elementary
    10 pm SCAMANDA (new docuseries)

    THURSDAY
    8 pm 9-1-1
    9 pm DOCTOR ODYSSEY (new drama)
    10 pm Grey’s Anatomy

    FRIDAY
    8 pm Shark Tank
    9 pm 20/20

    SATURDAY
    7:30 pm College Football

    SUNDAY
    7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
    8 pm The Wonderful World of Disney

    The CW

    MONDAY
    8 pm TRIVIAL PURSUIT
    9 pm SCRABBLE

    TUESDAY
    8 pm WWE NXT (new network)

    WEDNESDAY
    8 pm Sullivan’s Crossing Season 2
    9 pm JOAN

    THURSDAY
    8 pm Superman & Lois (final season)
    9 pm THE LIBRARIANS: THE NEXT CHAPTER

    FRIDAY
    8 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 13, two new episodes)
    9 pm Inside the NFL

    SATURDAY
    8 pm CW Sports Saturday (including ACC and Pac-12 college football, NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff races)

    SUNDAY
    8 pm The CW Sunday Movie Night (including the I Am documentary series)

    ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Renewal News That Left Fans Seriously Shocked

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    ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Renewal News That Left Fans Seriously Shocked

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    The Cleaning Lady has officially been renewed for a fourth season—but while TV show renewals tend to elicit excitement from fanbases, the Fox renewal is snagging some divided reactions.

    Mostly, fans are expressing their shock that the show scored yet another season in light of Adan Canto’s real-life death, which heavily impacted the direction of season 3—and, according to many fans, not in a good way (though the creative forces behind it are trying their best to navigate a tricky situation). 

    “This really surprises me. I miss Adam Canto but thought they did a good job this season. Thought for sure it would end its run this spring,” one fan wrote of the series getting the green light.

    “Really? Why?” another simply pondered.

    Someone else chimed in noting: “Surprising and yet not surprising, either. It was renewed for a season 3 with low ratings, so it’s not really surprising that it was renewed for a season 4 with even lower ratings. That being said, I thought they’d just end it this season after Adan Canto’s death. Not sure if this is a good idea or not.”

    “The show is not very good this year,” someone else said, while elsewhere a fan mused that they thought there was “no chance.”

    The surprises only continue as The Cleaning Lady is not part of Fox’s fall lineup, being held for the midseason instead. 

    And in even more shocking news, Miranda Kwok, who developed the series, and Jeannine Renshaw, who was the showrunner during the third installment—taking on the difficulties of navigating a show without Canto’s Morales—will not be returning for the fourth season. If the person behind the show’s inception isn’t on board, it is surprising that the network has so much faith in a series currently averaging 2.2 million total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating.

    Either way, there are plenty of fans who are surprised yet happy by the renewal as it allows the series to explore the future of the characters they love, like Thony and Fiona, without the added focus on Arman’s whereabouts. This season heavily tied into the grief of losing him, but hopefully, the slate is cleared next season and allows the storyline to flourish, with Thony making better choices and finding her groove. 

    The renewal is said to be for 12 episodes, which will debut sometime in the spring lineup.

    You can catch up on all of our The Cleaning Lady reviews right here!

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    Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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    Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

    I meant to write this post when Wild Cards first premiered on The CW, but time got away from me, and before I knew it, the season finale of the series was upon us! 

    I’m not a huge fan of The CW’s decision to axe some of our favorite shows in its rebrand, but what does ease the pain of losing the likes of Nancy Drew is the addition of promising shows like Wild Cards

    To be quite frank, Riverdale never did Vanessa Morgan much justice. She amassed a huge number of fans, who were mostly hoping to see her character Toni reunite with on-screen love interest Cheryl (played by Madeleine Petsch) in the later seasons, and while she was seemingly considered one of the “core” characters, she rarely got the storylines she deserved.

    We knew she could act—but Wild Cards shows us the depth of Morgan’s talents. It lets her shine, dominate, lead,  and even carry the series, opposite her on-screen partner and potential future love interest, Giacomo Gianniotti’s Ellis. 

    Morgan delivers with the role of Max, a whip-smart and very charismatic con artist who utilizes her special skillset to help a “down in the dumps” maritime officer get his mojo back—and, spoiler alert if you’ve watched the season finale, his badge and desk back. 

    Despite his initial hesitation with the idea of her joining the force as a consultant, even Ellis comes around, amazed by her abilities and the way she’s able to navigate every crime scene and follow the leads to produce results.&nbsp

    The two grow very close over the course of the season’s 10 episodes, largely due to Morgan’s delightful on-screen persona and presence. Even when it’s not clear whose side she’s really on (is she fully on board with helping the cops or does she have a larger-than-life plan up her sleeve to pull off her greatest con yet and help her dad George—90210‘s Jason Priestley—snag a “get out of jail free” card), you find yourself drawn to her and rooting for her because of her likable personality. 

    Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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    The series not only gets us invested in Max’s character—learning about her past—and what it entails for her future, but we also find ourselves rooting for Max and Ellis to finally get together… or even test the boundaries of that electric chemistry that they share (a moment that is, sadly, ruined when her husband Olivier (Dewshane Williams) blows into town). 

    And it’s the mystery of Max that has all of us begging The CW to renew the series for a second season. We need more Max. We need more Ellis. We need more Morgan and Gianniotti. And we need answers. The good news is that Morgan told TVLine that season 2 of the quirky crime procedural is “very likely,” and trust that we put all our faith in her. 

    As for the answers I mentioned we need, well, we need to know who killed Ellis’ brother, a murder that was the catalyst for him to get knocked down from his detective responsibilities in the first place. When he met Max, he was in a hard place, still trying to pick up the pieces of his brother’s death. And though he’s come a long way, surely, the fact that he can crack this specific mystery is one that he won’t be able to pass up. 

    At the end of the finale—spoiler alert, again—Max convinced the authorities to help her pull off a heist that was two years in the works, hoping to frame her estranged husband Olivier after he steals a $33 million egg (he’s the one who betrayed her dad and landed him in prison), lessen her father’s sentence, and restore Ellis’ badge. However, there was a piece of the plan she didn’t share with Ellis—she swapped the real egg for a fake egg, and hatched a plan to disappear forever alongside Ricky and her millions. 

    She didn’t expect Ellis to figure it out, though, this was one of the weaker points in the episode because she should’ve known him better than that by now, but she figured she’d be halfway across the country and it wouldn’t matter. What she didn’t anticipate in her plan is that Ricky, who was transcribing incriminating recordings from the mob as part of their safety-net policy, would find something on the drive about Ellis’ brother, namely, who murdered him. 

    It’s at this moment that we see the biggest change in Max. She’s not the same person she was when the series first started. Her skills have become more valuable to helping than stealing, and she’s grown to care about someone other than herself and her father. She can’t, in good faith, leave with this knowledge and leave Ellis hanging. 

    And that’s where we leave off—a promising cliffhanger on a promising series with two very promising leads. 

    Your move, The CW.

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