Is ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ coming back to TV?

Sept. 21, 2011 | 11:06 a.m.
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The title character in the planned new "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" animated TV series. (MoonScoop / Archie Comics)

Sabrina the teenage witch is getting a makeover. On Wednesday Archie Comics, which created the character, announced a partnership with MoonScoop Entertainment and plans to create a new half-hour animated TV series.

The new show will feature a more “current” interpretation of the character, according to Archie Comics Chief Executive Jon Goldwater. Think skinny jeans, spiky hair and a tattoo.

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The title character in the planned new "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" animated TV series and her cat, Salem. (MoonScoop / Archie Comics)

“This is the first new animation for Sabrina in almost 10 years,” said Goldwater. “It’s a combination of ‘Twilight’ meets ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ … she’s more modern.”

Story wise, the project aims to be more action-oriented than previous incarnations such as ABC’s short-lived Saturday morning “Sabrina: the Animated Series” (1999-2000) or the sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart that ran from 1996 to 2003 on ABC and then the WB network.

“It’s a little more dealing in the supernatural realm,” Goldwater added.

Even Salem, the magical cat, will be re-imagined — he’s a tad more naughty this time around.

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MoonScoop has also optioned Little Archie, with plans to produce an animated series down the line. But whereas Sabrina will be CGI animation on par with movies like “The Incredibles” and “Kung Fu Panda,” the company says, Little Archie will be traditional, hand drawn 2-D animation.

MoonScoop says it is meeting with networks in the next few weeks and hopes to have Sabrina on the air by October 2012. And the company already has its eye on feature-film versions.

“With Harry Potter coming to an end, we wanted to fill that void,” said  MoonScoop Chief Executive Mike Young. “She’s a teenage girl with superpowers, for god’s sake. So Sabrina fits perfectly.”

– Deborah Vankin
Twitter.com/debvankin

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11 Responses to Is ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ coming back to TV?

  1. Bob Morris says:

    Amazing… no mention at all of the ORIGINAL Sabrina animated cartoons that ran from 1969 through 1978. I guess those old Archie and Sabrina cartoons, which garnered some of the highest Saturday morning ratings on record, rivaling those of prime-time, mean nothing.

  2. L. Jonte says:

    That has to be the most eye-gougingly bad character design I've seen in a long, long time. It's as if someone hired their sister's, neighbor's, mother-in-law (who once saw some anime) to come up with Sabrina's new look.

  3. Euhg. says:

    Ew. That looks just terrible. Reminds me of early 2000's post-punk Barbie… eye-gouging.

  4. JOSE GONZALEZ says:

    SABRINA IS AMAZING CARTOONS AT SHOW I LIKE IT
    JOSE

  5. Bichela says:

    Are you kidding me?! Sabrina is an albino like me!!! For the love of the goddess don’t character assassinate! I watched her as a kid and she is my hero. I also am a Wiccan.

    I am watching the old cartoons on dvd and like her as she is!

  6. Jean-Luc Belanger says:

    …Maybe Toei Animation can do an anime adaptation of Archie's new Mega Man comic book series in the future.

    • Matt says:

      Anime is for losers and idiots.

      • B'ichela says:

        Anime is okay. However, when dealing with the classics, it must be used with care and consideration.

        Why not give Sabrina her white hair with a new style? Keep the clothing normal or maybe go white goth?

  7. JensenRV says:

    The studio is going into a very precious territory for the fans because many of them grew up watching the Sabrina TV show, and messing up the cartoon or making it too different will no doubt unleash backlash. Turning it into a movie also makes sense because many of the movies nowadays are geared towards teenage girls.

  8. Ken says:

    Exactly one year later:

    Where is this show, guys???

  9. iKnow says:

    The show is on its way don't worry… and ya'll be happy to know those designs are just filler. Actually designs are CLASS!

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