When we checked out Riverdale, the CW’s more dramatic take on the characters of Archie Comics, we briefly wondered whether or not we could see Sabrina the Teenage Witch on the show in the future. With Josie and the Pussycats characters already in play, it’s conceivable we could see other Archie Comics characters find their way in (especially a couple seasons down the road when the showrunners start getting desperate for new ideas). But, as recent interviews with the production team indicate, it’s no sure thing.
The most promising statement comes from executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who told Entertainment Weekly, “I’ll just tease that Sabrina has potential with a capital P.” Pretty vague, but we’d imagine that he just means the idea is there (as if it couldn’t be). He also mentioned that the focus is currently on executing their vision for Riverdale, so if Sabrina Spellman flies in, it won’t be for a while.
But, there’s the obvious issue of Sabrina being a witch. In the lighter comics, there’s more freedom to introduce off-the-wall stuff like magic, but Riverdale‘s darker, more realistic bent (it is centered around a murder, after all), makes it a lot harder to introduce magic in a way that stays consistent with the tone of the show. But, to include Sabrina, there’s no way to get around having magic — we know the production team hasn’t been shy about making big changes to the main Archie characters, but magic is, to say the least, core to Sabrina’s character.
Aguirre-Sacasa told The Wrap, “The one thing that’s tricky is, there will always be a genre, mystery element to this show, but it’s hard to introduce a supernatural element. I think there’s a way to introduce Sabrina in a way that’s not supernatural, but she is, she’s a witch.” The Wrap does report that Sabrina could even show up this season, although that sounds unlikely if the production team has no clear plan in place for how they’d bring her in. If they do, the report makes it sound like her character will be made darker to fit the tone of the show, so you might as well put Melissa Joan Hart out of mind now.
Maybe is the best we’re getting for now. But, the longer the show stays on the air, the more likely it is that the writers will bring her in to shake things up. If that ends up being the case, we really hope Riverdale sticks around for seven or eight seasons, so we can start speculating about whether or not they’ll add fellow Archie Comics star Sonic the Hedgehog.
Via Refinery 29
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