If you like Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and you like Riverdale, it's your lucky day. Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, the showrunner who created surprise CW smash-hit show Riverdale, announced a Sabrina reboot a few months ago fronted by Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka. In the announcement, Sacasa explained that the show was set to air on Netflix in late 2018, and would be darker in tone than the original Nickelodeon show and murder mystery Riverdale. Harvey is set to make regular appearances as Sabrina's on-off boyfriend that we all came to love, but this time he'll be played by singer Ross Lynch, from pop-rock band R5.
Tying in with the new darker theme, the show is going to be named 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' and is said to follow the young witch as she "wrestles 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." Sacasa has been drawing influences from horror classics like The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby, Variety are reporting. Details about the show are still hazy, but the cast has been listed as containing Lucy Davis, Miranda Otto, Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez, Jaz Sinclair, Richard Coyle and Bronson Pinchot. Fans are speculating that all the original characters will be there in new iterations, from Hilda and Zelda to Libby and even Salem. The show is set to air for a 20-episode run, with two seasons commissioned by the streaming giant.
In the original series, Sabrina Spellman tackled life as a teenager while also discovering her magical powers in a bumpy ride that was always light-hearted and comedic. High profile guest stars ranged from Penn and Teller to The Monkees, and the show reigned triumphant for a seven season run from 1996 to 2003. Melissa Joan Hart became iconic in the role as the young witch, so Kiernan Shipka has big boots to fill but we're sure she's up to the job.