Sabrina the Teenaged with originally aired over 20 years ago. It was a beloved show about a wacky witch, her two crazy aunts, the funniest cat (he really made the show) and a lot of slap stick comedy. Now Netflix has signed on to two seasons of a remake of the show, named – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This time as a darker reboot of the show with a more serious feel to it. Sabrina will no longer be the silly blond with good grades that is always getting herself into unrealistic situations, but will be a more serious character that will fit in with the lineup of Riverdale. This is rather appropriate as both shows spawned from Archie Comics.
Character favorites will be there
All of the character favorites will be there, including Harvey, Salem, Hilda and Zelda. Sabrina, the half witch, half human str will be played by Kiernan Shipka. Kiernan is no newb to Hollywood. Though only 19, she has a long resume including film, tv and even video games.
The initial feel from the show’s trailer gives a dark and sinister feel
Instead of a victorian house, the Spellman family now live in a mortuary. Though the original Archie Comic character Sabrina was much closer to the original show Sabrina the Teenaged Witch, the reboot writer is Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. He is famous for such shows as Glee, The Town that Dreaded the Sun, writer for Marvel comics such as the Fantastic Four and the later being the creator of Afterlife with Archie that begins in the town of Riverdale. Marvel and Archie comics have had a successful collaboration over several series such as Riverdale, so it makes sense that Archie comics would begin to take on a more serious role in entertainment.
His history and mastery of dark story telling is sure to make Sabrina an interesting, even haunted show.
While many other reboots fail to capture/recapture an audience, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina seems to be an exception. The show is so separate from the original airing of Sabrina the Teenaged Witch that it is being well received by a new audience. The show’s demographic may not contain the families that grew up watch the original tv sitcom, it is well placed to pick up the fans of such shows as Riverdale, Supernatural and other CW shows.
The back story of our favorite witch Sabrina
The back story of our favorite witch Sabrina will be roughly the same as the original. However in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina it will be draped with the feel of black magic. Magic is treated more as a tool and less like of a flavor of soda. With the master of the craft determining if it is used for good or bad. Yet, morality of the witches still plays an important role.
We will see that Salem Saberhagen will be back, trapped as a familiar. It is yet to be seen if the cat will talk. However, Salem was the reason so many tuned into the original show, that it would be of not surprise if he did.
The evil cousin of Sabrina will this time be filled as a male role with relative new comer Chance Perdomo playing the part or Ambrose. Ambrose Spellman is forbidden to leave the home by Witches Council, though he is still an active participant in the trouble Sabrina gets up to. The character Ambrose seems to fill the character role of Salem. While not confined to the body of a cat, he is still not part of the outside world and isn’t the best influence on Sabrina.
The Aunts Zelda and Hilda take on many of the characteristics of the originals. With Zelda a stern woman and Hilda the kind motherly figure.
Academy of Unseen Arts
A new school is introduced the Academy of Unseen Arts, where a snobbish group of powerful witches will look down on the half breed Sabrina.
While Sabrina will deal with the bullying of the witches, she will also be butting heads with the High Priest of the Church of Night while her Aunt Zelda is a zealous worshipper of the Dark Lord and a staunch member of the church.
While Sabrina’s world will contain many run-ins with dark forces, supernatural events, and unseen troubles from other witches, she will again be hiding her life and her magical bloodline from the sexy Harvey Kinkle, played by Ross Lynch.
This show has much to offer fans and has so far been well received. This shows kicks Sabrina fandom up more than one notch and the powers that be at Netflix are so confident that they signed a two season contract for the show.
As CW has had such a success with the demographic that the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina targets, there is little doubt that this show will be a huge success.
As Salem would say, black cats are the best cats.