Get ready Riverdale fans: we just found your new favorite TV show. A new series based on the Archie Comics graphic novel The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is in coming to Netflix. Originally, the show was in development at The CW along with Warner Bros. Television, but don't worry, the show is still centering all around Sabrina Spellman.
Yes, as in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the old throwback show. She's finally coming!!!
What is The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina about?
The series is going to be more horror-based and much darker and will see Sabrina wrestling with her dual identity as half-mortal, half-witch, "standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit," according to the official press release. UMM OKAY, that sounds super intense! Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will write the series and serve as an executive producer, along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater and Lee Toland Krieger. Roberto is the mastermind who created the comic book series and has brought us Riverdale along with Greg, so we know this show is coming from the best. Roberto even took to Twitter to share a first look at the possible opening scene of the pilot.
Let us all appreciate that Harvey is still Sabrina's boyfriend. Legendary. The series was originally set to be a companion series to *+Riverdale+*, but now that the show will be streaming exclusively on Netflix, it probably won't have any sory of crossover. Sources [said to *+The Hollywood Reporter+*](https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/riverdale-shoot-sabrina-moves-netflix-2-season-order-1060852) the show has been picked up for two 10-episode seasons by Netflix, so already tons to look forward to. ## Who will be playing Sabrina Spellman? So who will be taking on the role of everyone's favorite witch? No actors are attached to the project yet, but the hunt is officially underway to find their girl, according to Roberto himself.
And there are a few major starlets' names being thrown around, most recently that of Selena Gomez. She still has taken on acting roles in movies while she's managed to take the pop world by storm, and she did play the beloved wizard that is Alex Russo on Disney Channel's longest-running series of all time, Wizards of Waverly Place, so she's no stranger to a little magic. One tweet has gone around saying Sel's possible in talks to star in the show.
Unfortunately, Selena commented on the rumor herself and completely shut it down. Although she had never even heard the buzz until that exact moment, it's safe to say she probably won't change her mind. The Disney Channel alum said about fans wanting her to play Sabrina in a reboot, "I love that! That’s new information for me. No, that’s a rumor. I’ve done my magic enough." Looks like she has officially hung up her wand.
Another actress fans would love to see take on the part is none other than Dove Cameron. Although she just announced her new role on the ABC series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Dove has been vocal about how she would pretty much love to play this character, first planting the seed in our mind thanks to one little tweet.
And she already is familiar with the Riverdale cast and the character in general.
"I love Riverdale, I know the cast. They were shooting that actually as we were shooting Descendants 2 so we're all like, 'Hey guys!' They were in the same hotel. I would definitely be open to it," Dove spilled in a new interview. "I love the character of Sabrina obviously. I was a huge fan of the original Archie Comics, that's like all I read when I was little. So I'd be open to it! I don't want to let down any fans or anything like that, but if they wanted me, I would go."
She then shared a photo of Sabrina from the Archie Comics on her Instagram. "No... We Modern Witches Believe Life Should Be a Ball!" the pic read, where we see Sabrina lounging on the couch with her beloved black cat.
So it looks like Dove is doing a rather great job of not so overtly campaigning for the role. The verdict is still out but the fact that Dove has always been an Archie Comics fan and in this photo, she happens to look so much like Sabrina, from the hair to chilling with her cat in a cute outfit while listening to music, seems like one big sign to us.
When is the show coming out?
The pilot hasn't been picked up to series quite yet, but the one-hour drama is being aimed for the 2018-2019 season if it does get a full-series order.
Will Sabrina be appearing on Riverdale?
The character of Sabrina is a staple from the Archie Comics universe and there have been rumors she would be coming to Riverdale, since it was said that the character of Jason Blossom, Cheryl's twin brother who was killed by their father, had stopped on the Greendale side of Sweetwater River before he died. And Greendale is where Sabrina calls home. Now while The CW is known for epic crossover events with all of their superhero shows, since Sabrina is now heading to Netflix, we doubt she'll ever appear on Riverdale.
Will Melissa Joan Hart be involved in the show?
Melissa is forever known for playing this character on the classic sitcom, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, from 1996 until 2003.
Seriously, she was the coolest. And while she'll always be Sabrina to many of us, it doesn't seem likely she'll be reprising her role in this new show, as she said to Entertainment Weekly she doesn't even have an interest in any sort of reunion for her own show.
"I think it played out. You can’t end Sabrina better than you ended it — riding off on a motorcycle with Harvey to a No Doubt song, leaving one wedding to go to another. The ending of the show was perfect," Melissa said about the show's series finale. She does have a point there, that was a great ending to the beloved show. However, in a fairly recent interview, Melissa kind of contradicted herself. While she did admit to the fact that she wouldn't know who she would play in a reboot, getting back on set with all of the original cast members would be a dream come true.
She told Entertainment Tonight, "If we could go back to the set tomorrow, I would do it." Beth Broderick who played the role of Aunt Zelda said, "I think we would do it in a heartbeat if we could. We're family. I was really excited just to come and see these girls."
It was actually Caroline Rhea who played the role of Aunt Hilda commented on the new version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and actually said she's "annoyed" by it all. She explained, "If they make Aunt Hilda mean, and, like, psycho? t’s, like, dark." She is scared of what will come of this new version of her character. Having played the part for so long, she feels she is connected to Aunt Hilda in a special way. She said, "I get called 'Aunt Hilda' every day and have since 1996, and I will answer to it happily."
Despite all of the drama with the new show, Melissa will never forget the fans of the original Sabrina. She said, "We have some of the best fans in the world. People feel like ... we were in their living room's every Friday night, or their college dorm room, you know, I feel like people, when they say that they grew up with us, that's, like, the best compliment we can get."
She believes that the new version will be "more millennial soap opera." While the original cast really does hope the new cast has the same success as they did, they really hope this new version won't ruin what they built for their characters over 20 years ago. Elisa Donovan who played the role of Morgan adds what she thinks their show really valued, "Our version was family friendly,” Donovan notes. “It's magical, it's female-driven. Everybody can watch it. It's smart and it's witty, and I feel really good about that. I keep saying that, but I really mean it."
Our fingers are crossed that this whole gang reunites maybe to watch one or two episodes of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina together. We have a feeling their commentary would be absolutely perfect.
This post was originally published on Sept. 20, 2017, and has since been updated.