If you weren’t sated by the number of impending television reboots, then perhaps some particularly spooky news about your favorite teen sorceress will do the trick.
That’s right, y’all: Sabrina the Teenage Witch may be coming back, and she’s probably going to get a gruesome new makeover.
The CW and Warner Bros. Television are apparently in the process of creating a one-hour dramatic reboot of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series, which will be helmed by the producers and creators of Riverdale.
Considering the original Sabrina was a multi-cam comedy with a live studio audience, this reboot sounds like it’s taking a sharp turn away from the ’90s iteration and returning to its source material: the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” an Archie Comics series. As Variety reports:
The potential series would be based on the Archie Comics series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and witchcraft. The series is described as being tonally in the vein of horror classics like “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Exorcist,” and will see Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.
So, it sounds like, in this version of the Sabrina universe, getting turned into an animal would probably be the least of your worries. This source material contains some pretty dark storylines. In the comic book series, Sabrina’s boyfriend, Harvey, is killed and eventually resurrected — but he becomes inhabited by the spirit of Sabrina’s father (unbeknownst to Sabrina). There’s also her father’s ex-girlfriend, “Madam Satan,” who commits suicide by throwing herself into the zoo’s lion pit after Sabrina’s father leaves her for a mortal woman, and subsequently comes back to life to seek her revenge.
Basically: a lot of weird sh*t happens in the comics, most of which doesn’t occur in the TV series (or is at least glossed over). So, even if the show is critically panned, it’s bound to be full of some pretty entertaining and outlandish plot twists.
And really — isn’t that the mark of truly engrossing television?