Remember when Sabrina The Teenage Witch was on air played by everyone's first crush, Melissa Joan Hart? It was a light-hearted teen drama about being a kid who is growing up who just happened to also be a witch. It sort of tapped into the kitsch, ultra friendly themes of the original Archie Comics comic book and now the character is soon to be back on our screens but in a much, much darker fashion.
There has been speculation of the Sabrina character hitting our screens once again ever since Archie Comics brought their flagship comic of Archie to TV under the guise of Riverdale which turned the characters of the aforementioned print medium into dark and brooding versions of themselves in a hard-hitting teen drama that didn't really represent the same 50s, Americana, sugar, and spice vibe that the comics did. However, the comic books did regularly crossover with the other Archie held franchise of Sabrina who often turned up in Riverdale to meet the gang. As such, speculation has long turned to whether Sabrina could turn up in Riverdale despite the series yet to touch on any supernatural subjects.
Now it appears that, after the success of Riverdale, The CW and Warner Bros. TV are officially developing The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. As the name might suggest this is going to be a similar direction that Riverdale with the Archie characters and will present a darker version of the character with more adult themes.
Per The CW's logline for the series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a reimagining of the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch "as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature—half-witch, half-mortal—while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit."
As such, the tonal setting may suggest that a sarcastic talking cat may no longer be in the picture (darn it, Salem was the best bit about that show) and it could open up for the two shows to crossover at some point. Riverdale has actually been putting in teasing references to Sabrina in the show as in the May finale, FP was shown reading the Sabrina comic in his jail cell, and Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, a member of the development team behind Riverdale, revealed, "It is absolutely true that we chose that comic book for a very particular reason."