Sabrina the Teenage Witch Is Getting Her Own ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff
It’s no secret we love Riverdale, the CW’s trashy-fun teen drama based on Archie comics. If you put Dawson’s Creek and Twin Peaks into an Archie-branded blender, you’d get Riverdale. But Riverdale is missing one thing: Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Thankfully, though, not for too much longer, as she’s getting her own spinoff!
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be another hour-long series taking a darker look at the character. The story will be based on the comic series of the same name, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, showrunner of Riverdale and the chief creative officer of Archie Comics. Aguirre-Sacasa will also be an executive producer on the series.
The new story is described as a horror series that doubles as a coming-of-age story. It’s been compared to Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, in that Sabrina will be fighting the evil forces threatening Riverdale.
There is no official word on who will play the title role, though fan-favorite Dove Cameron (who recently appeared on the latest episode of Project Runway) made an Instagram post earlier this month that implies she might have the role — or is at least in talks about it.
Cameron first came to fame as both of the title roles in the Disney Channel sitcom Liv and Maddie. She also starred in Descendents as Mal, the daughter of Maleficent, the witch from Sleeping Beauty. Cameron also has a bit of theater under her belt; she was Amber Von Tussle in NBC’s Hairspray Live! and she played Sophie in the Hollywood Bowl’s production of Mamma Mia!
Of course, this isn’t the first Sabrina TV show. ABC’s Sabrina, the Teenage Witch ran from 1996 to 2003. That series starred Melissa Joan Hart and followed her through high school, college and into the working world. Sabrina spun-off a cartoon as well, Sabrina, the Animated Series. The cartoon also featured Melissa Joan Hart, but this time voicing Aunt Hilda.
So far, a date hasn’t been announced for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Riverdale returns to The CW on Oct. 11.