Most of us picture a happy-go-lucky blonde teen with a wisecracking feline when we think of the classic WB sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Starring a young Melissa Joan Hart, the long-standing ’90s series made light of magic, witchcraft and teenage hormones threatening the day-to-day goings-on of one Sabrina Spellman.
Well, we haven’t seen the last of Sabrina, as the CW and Warner Bros. Television just announced plans for a reboot of the famous series—with some very distinct changes. According to Variety, the lighthearted after-school-special tone, for one, is out the window, and a darker theme, “tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist” will be ushered in. Heck, even the show’s name is changing to the title of the original Archie Comics series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Apparently it will focus on the complexities of life as a half-witch, half-mortal grappling with the tremendous responsibility of protecting those she loves (and herself) from the constant threat of evil forces. So, basically it’s about real life. (We kid!)
The one-hour program (which has yet to be ordered to series) will be brought to us by the same producers responsible for Riverdale, Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, and Archie Comics chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will come on as writer and executive producer. We sense a hit show in our midst … but we’re shaking in our boots.