What would you do with magical powers? Pack your bags and go on a jolly to Hogwarts? Fight tooth and nail to become the Supreme? Brew some love potions for that stranger you've been eyeing up on the train each day?
While the majority of us would probably abuse these gifts in a selfish manner, one particular teenage witch always taught us that there's a better way, leaving us spellbound with her crazy hijinks and questionable fashion sense. It may have been 14 years since Sabrina The Teenage Witch last appeared on our screens, but Melissa Joan Hart's beloved character has never been far from our minds.
With that in mind, we couldn't be more excited to announce that The CW is planning to bring a touch of magic back into our lives, revealing that a #Sabrina reboot is now on the cards, starring none other than the teenage witch herself.
Riverdale's #Archie adaptation hasn't even aired yet, but at a recent TCA conference, executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa already discussed the idea of extending the Archie universe on screen:
“Some people don’t even know that Sabrina is in the Archie family. There is absolutely a universe where Sabrina pops up in Riverdale or one town over in Greendale. Certainly, the priority is launching Riverdale and making sure that show is as good as it can be and as embraced as we want it to be.”
While this doesn't necessarily confirm that the teenage witch will return to our screens any time soon, the news is certainly promising, especially as Aguirre-Sacasa also said:
“I’ll just tease that Sabrina has potential with a capital P.”
If The CW move forward with these plans, we expect that a new interpretation of Sabrina's character would be tested out first through a guest appearance on Riverdale before the network commits to a solo spin-off, much like they did with The Flash on Arrow.
However, this won't be the dorky Sabrina that '90s kids grew to know and love. Not only is Melissa Joan Hart a tad too old to pull of that teenage look, but Aguirre-Sacasa also teased a surprising tonal shift that veers closer to the likes of American Horror Story than the Sabrina who once fan-girled over Britney Spears.
Watch Sabrina learn a few life lessons from the Princess of Pop in the clip below:
Discussing the potential spin-off, Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that:
“We’ve talked about Sabrina being a bit darker, more like ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’ It’s not going to be the half-hour sitcom with Melissa Joan Hart.”
This may seem like a bizarre move at first. After all, Sabrina is better known for wearing bubblegum pink and spending time with her sassy feline friend, Salem. Then again though, the Archie we all know and love doesn't usually have sex with his high school music teacher either, so fans will certainly have to get used to a new take on the comics in Riverdale and beyond.
Perhaps surprisingly, there is already some precedent for a darker spin on the franchise. In the now-infamous horror spin-off Afterlife With Archie, the Riverdale High School gang were forced to fight off a zombie invasion after Sabrina uses her magic to resurrect Jughead's dog, Hot Dog, following a horrific car accident. Given that this event has been teased as a Halloween themed episode in the vein of The Simpson's 'Treehouse of Horror', Riverdale could easily veer into supernatural territory that could incorporate the darker side of witchcraft.
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Loyal fans of Sabrina The Teenage Witch may object to this approach, but a straight-up reboot that tries to emulate the wacky '90s tone of the original could fall flat on its face. Arguably, it makes far more sense for The CW to try something different — although 'darker' doesn't necessarily mean better, and that Rosemary's Baby comparison is certainly questionable.
Whether Melissa Joan Hart could join the cast as one of Sabrina's aunts and end up giving birth to hell-spawn remains to be seen, but the idea of seeing a darker version of the teenage witch on our screens has us more excited than ever for Riverdale's premiere on January 26. Ding dong, the Charmed reboot is dead. Long live Sabrina!