The CW's biggest successes over the past few years have come from comic TV shows, and its newest series is a bold reimagining of legendary Archie characters. Riverdale only just premiered in January, and the showrunner is already talking about bringing in another beloved character from Archie Comics canon: Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Head honcho Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teased this about the possibility of Sabrina appearing on Riverdale:
Sabrina Spellman is best known nowadays as the teenage witch played by Melissa Joan Hart on the ABC sitcom, but the character actually made her witchy debut back in the 1960s as a supporting character in an Archie's Madhouse comic book, and she grew popular enough to score her own solo series in the 1970s. Although Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was careful not to confirm or deny an appearance from Sabrina in Riverdale, it sounds like viewers could see a brand new version of the teenage witch on The CW in the not-too-distant future.
Of course, Riverdale is currently based in a reality that doesn't exactly feature supernatural creatures galore. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa believes that the Riverdale team would need to find a way to introduce Sabrina that doesn't necessarily involve magic. She can be a witch; she just can't usher in an era of witchcraft on the show. He went on in his chat with The Wrap to describe how he sees a Riverdale version of Sabrina, saying this:
In most of her incarnations, Sabrina Spellman isn't an especially dark character. The comics were fun romps aimed at teens, and the TV adaptations haven't exactly been edgy. The only version of the character that got truly dark was the one from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic horror series, and that version is one that could fit right in with the murder and mystery of Riverdale. Maybe an appearance from Sabrina will be the first step toward a Riverdale spinoff, and The CW could have another comic-based universe in primetime. We'll have to wait and see whether the show can hold onto its ratings in the coming weeks.
You can catch new episodes of Riverdale on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW. Take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what else is available on the small screen.
Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.
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