In the “What—seriously?” moment of the week, it has been announced that Sabrina Spellman (sometimes known as Sabrina the Teenage Witch) will be coming back to television in 2018 or 2019. With Riverdale—the Archie-based drama—already on the CW, the new show, called The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, will be a new companion for the already-running show. And it’s clear it will be a much darker TV series than the original Archie comics or the late-90s/early-2000s sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart and a talking cat.
In case you’ve forgotten, the previous television incarnation of Sabrina Spellman was a funny, silly, often cheesy sitcom character. Sabrina lived with her aunts (who are hundreds of years old) and the talking black cat named Salem. Sabrina the Teenage Witch featured a young Sabrina dealing with typical teen issues, like problems at school, while also struggling with finding out she was a witch. The show was often pretty funny, especially considering Salem’s dry humor. And while it did tackle teen issues, it wouldn’t be too off to call it a bit goofy.
But the more recent depiction of Sabrina in the comic book world is much darker than the now-dated sitcom. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics are published by Archie Horror and feature a villain brought back from Hell. The comics have been fairly successful, with IGN rating the first issue as 8.9 out of 10 and calling it “twisted”. The Sabrina Spellman in this world is dealing with a much more horrifying world than previously seen.
There’s not a lot of information released about the newly-announced show yet, but here’s what we know: this Sabrina show will be much heavier on horror, witchcraft, and evil. The show will be run by the same showrunner in the lead for Riverdale, connecting the two shows through more than just their shared (dark, grim) Archie universe. Though it’s hard to tell exactly how accurate the current information is, particularly since the show’s release is so far in the future, it is obvious that The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will bring some serious creepiness to Sabrina’s story.
The first season of Riverdale is now available to stream on Netflix.
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