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Few people could've expected the success of Riverdale. The off-kilter approach to the Archie universe has developed a rabid following since its debut last winter, and now it looks like The CW is intent on doubling down on that success. On that note, it now looks like Sabrina the Teenage Witch is finally going to return to the small screen, and her potential spinoff series will be darker than anything that we have seen from her on TV before.
According to a new report from Variety, The CW is once again teaming up with Greg Berlanti for another dive into the world of Archie Comics. This time, they will finally bring Sabrina the Teenage Witch character Sabrina Spellman to the network for an hour-long drama that will serve as a "companion" to Riverdale -- think The Flash's connections to Arrow -- during the 2018-2019 season. The character previously had her own show on The WB (which eventually went on to become The CW), in a solo series that ran for seven seasons.
However, just because Sabrina the Teenage Witch is coming back doesn't necessarily mean that she will look or feel like the character played by Melissa Joan Hart in the 1990s. In this incarnation of Sabrina, the show will explore the darker angles of the character and take ample inspiration from horror classics like Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist as we watch the titular witch grapple with her dual life. With Sabrina Spellman set to join The CW alongside Riverdale, it looks like the property could veer a bit closer to the source material than the 1990s sitcom that made her a household name. The character first appeared in the pages of Archie Comics back in the 1960s, so for her to join The CW series as a companion show could represent a dark homecoming for the adolescent witch -- which makes sense, given Riverdale's characteristically dark take on the Archie material.
Beyond that, the impact that Sabrina Spellman can have on Riverdale when she finally makes her debut could be massive. Although Riverdale has dealt with some pretty outlandish stories throughout its first season, it hasn't embraced supernatural concepts as aggressively as the Archie source material has over the years. That said, the introduction of Sabrina Spellman into this universe could pretty much blow the doors off of what's possible -- thus creating an entirely new magic framework for storytelling on Riverdale.
Given the creative forces working on this project, it stands to reason that the new Sabrina show will get picked up as a full series. Greg Berlanti has a longstanding relationship with The CW, and his success with Riverdale and the rest of the Arrow-verse definitely seems to bode well for this project's future. We will just have to wait and see what happens.
Sabrina Spellman is currently aiming to make her way back to the small screen in 2018. As for this year, Riverdale will return to The CW on Wednesday, October 11 at 8 p.m. ET -- swapping places with Arrow, which has moved to Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET for Season 6. As for the rest of the shows set to debut this fall, check out CinemaBlend's comprehensive fall TV premiere guide and fill out your TV-watching schedules accordingly!