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Sabrina the Teenage Witch Set to Cast a Spell on ‘Riverdale’

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A bit of magic is headed to Riverdale. In a recent interview with Empire Online, Luke Perry, who portrays Archie’s (KJ Apa) father Fred in the upcoming teen drama, revealed that Sabrina Spellman will be making her way to Riverdale at some point in the future. No further details have been released on who will be portraying the teenage witch or when Sabrina will first appear.

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The character of Sabrina Spellman made her debut in Archie Comics in October 1962 and was most notably portrayed by Melissa Joan Hart in the television sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch that aired from 1996-2003.

Journey to Riverdale when it debuts Thursday, January 26 on The CW.

The official Riverdale synopsis reads: As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom, and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music — not follow in his dad’s footsteps—despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel).

Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him — certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind — as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves — which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick) aren’t the only thing holding her back.

When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows…

Greg Berlanti (Political Animals, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Robert Aguirre-Sacasa (SupergirlGlee) executive produce the series with Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics).


Spencer Barrett
Stars are his kind of thing! Spencer Barrett joined the TV Source team as a staff writer in 2013. In 2018, he was promoted to Senior Writer, TV & Pop Culture, shaping our pop culture content. He loves all things horror, Archie Comics and Taylor Swift.

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  1. We can only hope! If you haven’t already, you should check out the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics. They’re really great and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who’s also showrunner of Riverdale.

  2. I am sure, that without a doubt, this will lead to a SABRINA spin-off by next fall. I guarantee it!

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