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Are You Ready for a Dark, Twisted Sabrina the Teenage Witch on TV?

By Blair Marnell

Are You Ready for a Dark, Twisted Sabrina the Teenage Witch on TV?

After almost 15 years, Sabrina the Teenage Witch may be ready to make her TV comeback, but not in the way that anyone had expected. Fans of Riverdale have had good reasons to suspect that Sabrina was going to show up on that series in the new season. That could still happen, but it sounds like the network has much bigger plans for Sabrina Spellman.

Variety is reporting that The CW is developing the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book series as a TV show. Now, you may or may not have read that comic by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack, but it is amazingly dark and twisted. This isn’t the light and fluffy Sabrina that ABC had two decades ago. This is a real witch story that doesn’t shy away from the implications of who and what Sabrina really is. Frankly, it makes Supernatural look a little tame, and we’re very curious to see just how far The CW will actually go with it.

While the comic has been plagued by delays almost from the beginning, it’s still one of the very best titles currently coming out from Archie. They’ve really done well with their horror books, and Aguirre-Sacasa is a major part of that success. He’ll be writing and executive producing the new Sabrina TV series, which is going to be a dark coming of age tale that follows Sabrina as explores her heritage as both a witch and a mortal girl. So, this isn’t Bewitched or even Charmed. Rosemary’s Baby and even The Exorcist are the templates here.

One of the more refreshing aspects of the comic is that this version of Sabrina had the freedom to do some very morally questionable things that her previous incarnations could never get away with. She’s the hero of her own story, but she’s not exactly heroic. In fact, she can be selfish and even self-centered, which only makes her seem more like a real person. The comic also used Madam Satan as a deadly antagonist for both Sabrina and her family. More amusingly, Betty and Veronica were witches in this continuity, and it would be a lot of fun if Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes got to take their Betty and Veronica in that direction as well. Of course, that would have to be an alternate reality thing, but we still want to see it!

Given Melissa Joan Hart’s long run as Sabrina, it would be a nice touch if she were also involved in the reboot as another character in the show. We could easily see her as one of Sabrina’s aunts, Zelda and Hilda. Maybe she could even go against type and appear as Madam Satan.

Riverdale’s Greg Berlanti is executive producing the new Sabrina TV series, and he has a ridiculously successful track record at the network with almost all of the DC superhero series. For that reason alone, Sabrina has a pretty good chance of finding a place on next season’s schedule. Whether it will actually share continuity with Riverdale remains to be seen...but it would be magic.

Images: CBS, Archie Comics