Riverdale is a CW show that I’ve had my eye on since it was first announced. While I’m not the most familiar with the comics on which it is based, I do know one thing: they are wholesome as f***. So when I heard The CW would be adapting it with a dark, Twin Peaks-esque edge to it, wherein the wholesome town has a seedy underbelly, I was intrigued.
I was especially surprised when watching the pilot and I saw Josie and the Pussycats on screen. Yes, they are a part of the Archie Comics, but for some reason, I expected Riverdale to stick to the main four of Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica. With Josie and the Pussycats already there on the sidelines, who knows who else we could expect?
A new report from TheWrap is now saying that Sabrina the Teenage Witch may even be making an appearance in Season 1 of the show.
“We could [see her in Season 1],” Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told outlet. “As I say, never say never, but it’s certainly within the realm of possibility.”
Of course, while Riverdale has shown that it’s a series with a dark edge to it, there haven’t — as of yet — been any real supernatural elements to it. Will they be able to introduce someone like Sabrina without it taking away from the credibility of the world they’ve built?
Aguirre-Sacasa acknowledged this challenge:
“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.”
So would Sabrina remain in Riverdale as things are, or would this be a potential stepping stone for her to go into her own spinoff? It seems unclear, but Aguirre-Sacasa certainly seemed to entertain the idea of her branching off into her own, even darker, show down the line.
“As dark as Riverdale is, the vision for Sabrina is even darker. Riverdale is on one side of the Sweetwater River and Greendale, where Sabrina lives, is on the other. There’s sort of that mythic idea that on one side of the river there’s one reality and on the other side of the river there’s another reality. So who knows? But yeah, there’s definitely a universe where Sabrina pops up in Riverdale, or there’s a version of Sabrina that exists in her own witchy bubble.”
I personally find it quite interesting how the showrunner is talking about Sabrina showing up as early as Season 1 of Riverdale, when it’s clear that they have no clue what they’d want to do with her just yet. Granted, on network TV, the production tends to be 7-8 episodes ahead of airtime, and in a 22-24-episode season, that gives them at least a few months to figure things out before committing on a specific direction. Let’s just hope it’s not just a detriment to the show at hand, which was off to a slow start with only 1.37 million viewers.
What do you think? Would you like to see Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Riverdale, her own show, or potentially both, á la The Flash’s introduction in Arrow? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Riverdale airs on Thursdays on the CW at 9/8c.