Something witchy this way comes on Riverdale season 6. The fifth installment of The CW drama just ended, but Archie and the gang will be back in less than six weeks. And when you watch Riverdale season 6 online this week, it will introduce a new but also familiar face — Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman! A new trailer reveals Sabrina’s arrival in “Rivervale.”
She’ll reprise her titular role from Netflix’s Riverdale spinoff, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (which concluded in 2020). “We’ve been talking about having Sabrina visit Riverdale since season 1, so it’s thrilling that this is finally happening, as part of our Rivervale special event,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said in a statement.
What is this “special event”? It’s a five-episode arc, subtitled “Rivervale,” and draws heavily from the horror genre.
Here’s everything we know so far about Riverdale season 6, one of the most anticipated new TV shows coming soon.
Riverdale season 6 release date
The CW has set the Riverdale season 6 premiere date for Tuesday, November 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. You can watch online with fubo TV, one of the best streaming services.
That marks a significant departure for the series, typically aired on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Riverdale season 6 trailers
A new trailer showed off the ever-increasing drama and ended with Sabrina’s appearance.
The first Riverdale season 6 trailer dropped immediately after the season 5 finale. “Something bad is happening in Rivervale,” Toni warns someone on the phone. Note that she says “Rivervale,” the subtitle of season 6’s five-episode special event.
Later in the trailer, Cheryl is shown wearing a headdress that gives off extreme Midsommar vibes. That would fit with Aguirre-Sacasa describing the special event as “firmly in the horror genre.”
A new Riverdale season 6 trailer reveals the first footage of Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman. There’s mention of a devil, a glimpse of a seance, and a seriously creepy veiled figure. Oh, and it appears Archie and Betty’s relationship is heating up, as she declares that she wants his baby!
Riverdale season 6 cast
The four leads headline the cast of Riverdale season 6:
- KJ Apa as Archie Andrews
- Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper
- Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge
- Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones
They are joined by supporting cast members portraying the fab four’s friends, family, and foes, including:
- Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, a classmate
- Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, an openly gay student
- Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle, a football player
- Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz, Cheryl’s girlfriend
- Drew Ray Tanner as Fangs Fogarty, Kevin’s boyfriend
- Erinn Westbrook as Tabitha Tate, Pop’s granddaughter
- Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy
- Mädchen Amick as Alice Smith, Betty’s mother
Riverdale season 6 Sabrina crossover
Things are getting supernatural up in Riverdale, as heralded by the arrival of Sabrina Spellman.
Kiernan Shipka is reprising her role from Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina from 2018-2020. The actress teased her Riverdale season 6 appearance on Instagram:
In the season 5 finale, Cheryl invoked a curse made by her ancestor Abigail, accused of being a witch and burned at stake. The curse was on the ancestors of Archie, Betty, and Jughead, so Cheryl’s version will likely target her former friends. Sabrina will show up in town to support her fellow sorcerers.
“It’s also perfect that she shows up to help Cheryl Blossom during her hour of greatest need,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “Everyone on set lost their minds — I think fans will, too. It’s enjoyable and special.”