On Jan. 26, The CW unveil its latest comic book adaptation with Riverdale, a darker, grittier take on the classic Archie Comic characters. The series is being executive produced by Greg Berlanti, who also oversees the network’s Arrowverse lineup: Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow.
The modern retelling revolves around the murder of Jason Blossom and the aftermath that trails it. Newcomer K.J. Apa stars as Archie, while Cole Sprouse tackles his best friend, Jughead Jones. Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhardt play dark-haired minx Veronica and girl-next-door Betty, the two girls that fuel the love triangle at the core of Archie’s story.
Now, Entertainment Weekly reports that yet another Archie teen is likely to pop up in Riverdale: Sabrina Spellman. Though the character was made famous by ABC’s ‘90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch, she was first created by George Gladir and Dan DeCarlo for their ‘60s-spawned comic of the same name. She hails from Greendale, a town not far from Riverdale. As Riverdale executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told EW:
“Some people don’t even know that Sabrina is in the Archie family, [but] there is absolutely a universe where Sabrina pops up in Riverdale or one town over in Greendale. Certainly, the priority is launching Riverdale and making sure that show is as good as it can be and as embraced as we want it to be… I’ll just tease that Sabrina has potential with a capital P.”
Fans of the ABC show will remember Sabrina as a good-hearted witch navigating her newfound life with magic, so placing her in the seemingly danger-ridden world of Riverdale sounds slightly jarring. Based on its promos, the project appears to land somewhere between the superhero appeal of its sister shows and the teen soaps that CW has made its signature (See: Gossip Girl, 90210, One Tree Hill). But their version is a far cry from most of the original Archie characters, so it might be refreshing to see the whole gang shed their wholesome skin together.
Aquirre-Sacasa’s comments also come on the heels of news that the channel will reboot Charmed, another witch-centric favorite. Perhaps a Sabrina the Teenage Witch revival could be in the cards? The CW has had major success with their Arrowverse crossovers, so vying for a similar route with Archie could prove the ticket to another flourishing TV franchise. For now it seems the focus is on getting Riverdale over the starting line, but Sabrina the Teenage Witch was a largely beloved series, so there’s certainly evidence that a new take on the character would be in high demand.
Riverdale premieres Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
Source: Entertainment Weekly