So does Sabrina crossover with Riverdale

As part of the Archie comic universe, it’s been speculated that the modern adaptations of both Sabrina and Riverdale were going to crossover at some point and we’ve just got our first taste in episode seven when a familiar face popped up.

During The Feast of Feasts, an episode following the twisted tradition of human sacrifice and cannibalism in the witch community, Miss Wardwell orders a pie from Persephone’s Pizza and who should show up…

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To bring the rest of you up to track, Ben Button has been a side character within the Riverdale universe. You’ll remember Ben’s traumatic suicide at the beginning of season 3 in relation to the Gargoyles game. However, he’s been working around the corners of the show since season 1.

He was also memorably another victim/target of Miss Grundy during the opening of season 2- this scene also took place in Greendale. I don’t believe that this is just a coincidence but rather a genuine sign that the two shows exist in the same universe.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina “Chapter Five: Dreams in a Witch House” Review

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina most horrifying adventure yet keeps the cast tight and draws upon tried and tested horror mechanisms.

When Sabrina unleashes a Sleep Demon from her father’s puzzle box, she’s sure it’s taken care of until the evil demon infects her dreams. Meanwhile, Miss Wardell does everything she can to protect her charge.

The dream motif is a popular element in sci-fi and fantasy with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who and American Horror Story all having elements of living out their worst nightmares as part of their story. Hell, even the 90s version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch had an episode about the Sandman.

A sleep demon is an excellent way to visualise the innermost fears of each of your characters. However, it’s not particularly original, not a bad thing but I wouldn’t call it a good thing either.

In the Dreams in a Witch House episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, we’re dealing with just the Spellman family’s anxiety about the world and themselves.

Sabrina’s worried that once the human world knows everything about her, they’ll turn into a mob of angry villagers with pitchforks. Ambrose is worried about dying alone and unmourned. Aunt Hilda’s worst nightmare is being attached to Aunt Zelda and having her ruin everything. Whereas Aunt Zelda’s is about being outshined by her dowdy sister.

I’ve been itching to see more of these characters however I don’t think I saw more of them through their dreams. Except for Aunt Zelda who’s dream grief of Aunt Hilda showed a more complex side to an otherwise icy character.

Regarding things I enjoyed, this episode is exceedingly darker than the other episodes revelling in the gore. For the past four episodes, Sabrina’s been carefully balancing horror comedy and while the demon in this episode is slightly cheap looking other elements look straight out of a John Carpenter movie.

First of Sabrina gets encased in a spiked coffin, Ambrose performed his autopsy, Aunt Hilda is stitched skin to skin with Zelda and Zelda weeps next to her sister’s decaying corpse. It’s a dark episode mostly in execution rather than the story as everything to do with this monster feels relatively easy to defeat as soon as you know how.

The one story development of this episode was Miss Wardell moving through each of the dreams looking to protect Sabrina and Sabrina finally putting two and two together and working out there’s something wrong with her teacher.

This episode is filler, I don’t hate it, but it leaves me to wonder in what direction this show is going. I’m aware there’s only been one ‘part’ released of a 20 episode season, so perhaps we’re going to see a satisfying ending to these plots come episode 18, but right now I just can’t see Sabrina’s motivation’s throughout each episode.





Sabrina’ Chapter Three: The Trial of Sabrina Spellman’ Review

The devil takes Sabrina to court over a broken promise, Harvey must face his fears, Roz fights the system and Hilda and Zelda begin to age rapidly.

When is a contract a contract? When you’ve had every intention of agreeing, or when you’ve signed on the dotted line? Well apparently according to the devil it’s when you’re marching to the point of agreement.

The devil sues Sabrina over breach of contract which both simultaneously feels like filler, but it’s also a nice throwback to the 90s series when Sabrina also faced a witches council.

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The council wears Prada


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The Trial of Sabrina Spellman was a great way to move the plot forward and discover new beats of different characters. But this early in the series we suspect she’s not going to become human or a fully-fledged witch, so the crux of the matter feels a little pointless.

So let’s move to the other beats of the story. We’re introduced to two new main characters Sabrina’s human lawyer, Mr Webster, who’s an expert in witch law.

One of the few people who can take on Father Blackwood, he’s also made his deal with the devil and lives with the hardships of it. Morally conflicted and a little old school he’s the perfect person to have at your side when arguing against the devil.

Some joke about mining this storyline


In the B story of the ‘Trial of Sabrina Spellman’ Harvey Kinkle finally gets a little more colour to his backstory. We know he loves comic books however his father is demanding he scrap all that and work down the mines. We’re then treated to a story of how Harvey saw something which may have been the devil while playing down the mines as a child understanding another element to an ultimately sweet and dopey character.

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I’m either going to die or become the main human villain, sorry it’s in my character trope

The only person on his side is his older brother who I’m pretty sure we haven’t seen the last of yet who covers for his brother and defends him from their father. I know it’s a little early in the game to guess, but if I had to make bets on who died this season, I’d go for sweet and protective big Kinkle.

This whole court is out of order.


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Me sideyeing this storyline


Within the official trial of Sabrina Spellman we begin to discover more complexities about her parents and what they were like before their death including Sabrina’s father signing her name to the dark lord although at this time we don’t feel the sense of betrayal because we don’t know who he is.

However what I did enjoy about the trial was the progressive rage of Sabrina throughout the trial. I appreciate this element to her character as she’s not sitting around waiting for things to happen she’s going out and doing them.

All in all, I wouldn’t say this is the strongest episode so far, but it’s moved the plot along significantly and helped set up important events for next time. I feel like characters have settled into themselves and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has found its rhythm.



Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ‘The Dark Baptism’ Review

The second episode of the Netflix Sabrina reboot picks up right where the pilot left off. Sabrina Spellman is slowly coming to terms with the upcoming details of her dark baptism where she’ll pledge herself to Satan by signing the book of the beast.

Naturally nervous, one of the grand-high priest Father Blackwood visits Sabrina to discuss the concept of consent within their religion and how she won’t have to do anything she doesn’t want to.

Quelling Sabrina’s worries about the next stage in her life, Sabrina realises she needs to sort out what’s left of her life in Greendale and Baxter High before she moves onto the next phase of being. Namely, the high school jocks bullying her friend Susie and for that, she needs some help

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What I enjoyed about this episode more than the first one was that it seemed to have settled into itself. While I did enjoy the aesthetic choices of the first this episode was primarily more about Sabrina’s balance with her magic and her high school life.

I would define this episode primarily as a horror comedy with the elements of magic helping sort out her high school life. Also, moments were playing better in this episode, and I feel like I know these characters a little better now.

With the breadth of the storytelling and characterisation along with pacing, I believe this series will sail through the ‘Part One’ of its season.

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Regarding horror comedy two moments stood out to me this episode which perfectly embodied everything I hoped this series would be.

After Aunt Hilda admits to some trepidation in regards to her own baptism Aunt Zelda literally murders her and buries her. When she rises from the dead, it’s a perfect comic moment that feels campy and fun at the same time.

Another element that feels like a uniquely Sabrina takes on the high school landscape is the revenge against the bullies who have been terrorising Sabrina’s friend Susie. Joining together with her witch enemies to use magic to trick them into comprising positions.

It’s vaguely reminiscent of the revenge scene from Riverdale with the girls taking things too far, but it was enjoyable all the same.

It was the graveyard smash.

However, the main body of the episode consisted of Sabrina’s baptism. With all the amp to Halloween, I feel like there was only a short amount of time dedicated to the actual mechanics of Halloween regarding how mortals react to it and what it means to witches. There could have been some nice duality there that sadly never got to happen.

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I’ll leave the baptism for now in a quest to not spoil everything, but I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed it. This episode was textured, funny and exciting, I still feel like I don’t know enough about the lore of this universe but I appreciate how unafriad they are to delve into the darker elements.

Special shoutout to Ambrose Spellman, I think in terms of translating characters you could define him as the actual Salem of this series, he’s locked in the house because of something he did wrong. He’s also always on hand with a witty comment. Furthermore, he’s leading the B plot of the witch hunters quite nicely.

Just a thought: Initially I assumed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina took place is an ambiguous modern-day Greendale but something about the choices of this episode makes me believe we could be seeing Sabrina in the 1960s.


Sabrina “Chapter One: October Country” Review

The Chilling  Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch officially sprang up on Netflix this fine Halloween weekend and thanks to a fresh batch of insomnia I’m here to review it for you.

If you’re unaware, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is the story of Sabrina Spellman, a half human, half witch she must battle with the forces of good and evil inside herself to decide who she’s going to become.

Staring life of as a nemesis in the Archie comics during the 1960s, she eventually got popular enough to carry her own comic book series and then eventual 90s sitcom and TV movies.

This new television show isn’t a simple cut and dry reboot, as with many comic books there have been various adaptations over the years. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes its inspiration from the 2014 comic book of the same name.

In this one, we have the familiar setting of Greendale and the familiar cast of characters including Harvey as well Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda.  There’s a smattering of new characters as well including Cousin Ambrose, best friend Jaz and mean girl Prudence.

I’ve been super excited about this show since it was first rumoured to crossover with Riverdale and so far I’m pleasantly happy with the new series.

In the first episode of this new show we see Sabrina Spellman in the week leading up to her birthday and ‘dark baptism’ when she will finally become a witch, however, she still finds herself tied to her old life as a normal high schooler.

This show manages to maintain a level of fun creepy that’s thoroughly enjoyable all the way through without a big push on the story then check it out

Now let’s get into positives and negatives…

What I love

  • This show is insanely beautiful; director Lee Toland Krieger did a fantastic job of creating the ambiguous and mysterious world of Greendale. Parts are shot like a horror film, others like a dream sequence and some like a music video yet it all manages to feel cohesive, the visual element of the storytelling was gorgeous.
  • Again with show aesthetic, costume design and set design, you’re completely immersed in this world, and it’s very easy to get sucked in.
  • Furthermore, I appreciated the delicate balance of horror and comedy, the show itself isn’t afraid to delve into the macabre
  • The central conflict of Sabrina being reluctant to take up her dark baptism is a nice metaphor for girls/change/growing up.
  • A certain scene towards the end was beautifully executed.

What I want to love

  • I don’t feel like I know any of these characters yet, I’m not putting too much of an onus on the first episode, but I feel like I’ve seen a rough outline with no real complexities give me morally grey characters!
  • Would have loved to learn more about the witch stuff and how that builds up, it was briefly mentioned with Harvey, but I would have liked to know how she learnt spells and how it worked
  • I love Michelle Gomez as Ms Wardell/ Madam Satan but I think it’s criminal they wouldn’t let her use her Scottish accent. I suspect she plays a more prominent part later on in the series because having her as a henchman/side villain would be very sad
  • I’d also love to know more about the high school

Stand out moment

Magic happy dance around the house

Stand out character

Prudence played by Tati Gabrielle- pitch perfect mean girl with a gothic twist

Let’s see what the next one brings

Must Be The TV Season Of The Witch (again)

TV has a new obsession, and it’s magical, with the Charmed reboot, the Sabrina adaptation and the latest series of American Horror Story, everyone is getting a little witchy.

-First of all hey!- For anyone particularly interested in the lack of posts I just seriously haven’t had the time, I love this blog, and I love TV, and I have every intention of updating- anyway on with the show.

Supernatural TV shows have a tendency to appear in waves, Vampires, Werewolves or Wizarding Schools. They can go both highbrow and lowbrow with a certain historical element to appeal to the intellectual and the leniency of ‘a wizard did it’ to cover plot points. Plus, the sexiness factor and all that jazz…

But witches have always had an enduring appeal and are seemingly cyclical in pop culture and always have an impact but why do we (more specifically me!) love them so much.

Witches through the ages


So as I mentioned witches had been part of pop culture and TV with the most notable first example being Bewitched, The Wizard of Oz and pretty much every female Disney villain.

I’m not going back to the influence of the Salem trials on TV (well not yet)

The witch is kind of the perfect archetypal villain in terms of gender stereotypes, she’s mean, she’s ugly- if not ugly then terribly seductive=, and she often subverts traditionally maternal roles. She was the opposite of everything a woman should want to be

90s witches


In my head, the 90s and early 2000s really cultivated the “modern-day witch” women who lived in the real world, pursued relationships, made mistakes and did it all with great power.

Of course, there are examples before this- Witches of Eastwick being the one that springs to mind

Although similar premises for witches in modern-day settings had happened before the 90s really defined it, with technology, Gen Xers attitudes and the rise of feminism juxtaposed against the ancient rituals and prejudices of witchcraft the whole thing just sort of worked.

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Ask literally any millennial ever about Hocus Pocus, and they’ll profess an eternal love and an annual viewing. A teenage boy accidentally frees a coven of witches on Halloween in Salem; they race against time to stop the witches from becoming immortal. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, they were a send-up of every witch stereotype ever to exist. Starting off the decade with such an overt caricature of witches gave room for a lot of reimagining of tropes.




Charmed told the story of three sisters, the Halliwells who discover they are the proverbial chosen ones and the most powerful witches ever to exist. However, it’s also a show about sisters, immense pressure and romance. Charmed balanced the traditional femininity, ideas about children and jobs with ideas of glorious purpose. It was Clark Kent and Superman with a hella lot more nuance.

Practical Magic



Again a story of sisters, Practical Magic might be the best thing to watch on an autumnal afternoon while dressed in a warm cardigan and with a pumpkin spice latte. Okay, I’m a basic white girl shoot me. Two sisters with a family curse and a hell of a lot of magic, any man who falls in love with them will die, they know Practical Magic but not much else. Again Practical Magic is about discovering the power and the unmistakable power of sisterhood.

The teen witch

Of course, the above movies and shows represent one aspect of the modern witch mythology on TV its the teenage witch. Magic and female teenage puberty are two things that go hand in hand (again, one day I will go further into this whole deal and how far it stretches back.) But the idea of changing bodies, periods and hormones can make the average teenage girl feel like she’s becoming a witch and subsequently she’ll find herself identifying with the protagonist.

Again the 90s had teenage girls at the forefront of pop culture, Britney Spears was gyrating in her school uniform while talking about staying a virgin until she was married. You were supposed to have everything figured out even if you didn’t. It’s a confusing time, and there seemed to be a witch for every type of teenager in the 90s.

Furthermore ancient magic perfectly contrasted against the fluffy problems of high school is super fun…

The Craft



Peak 90s teen witch, The Craft is the story of four outcast girls who form a coven and start using witchcraft to rule the school. The film is perfectly complete with 90s teen slang and fashions for a while the magic helps they get what they want whether that’s beauty, love or money. However absolute power corrupts absolutely, and things slowly start to crumble. The Craft is definitely a unique take on witchcraft, the concept of female power and when it can turn.

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch



A personal fave of mine (I was a 90s child shoot me) half witch Sabrina Spellman navigates high school while coming into her powers. Everything from the humour to the acting was broad, to say the least, the magic here represented the ‘secret’ side of a teenager, something we all have. Sabrina herself as portrayed by 90s staple Melissa Joan Hart and flowed with the trends of the time. It lasted for so long as it embraced the dichotomy of girlhood with the magic and had fun at the same time.

So what comes next


The next generation of these programs will soon hit our screen, and I’m willing to bet they aren’t as concerned with balancing their love lives.

American Horror Story Coven and the subsequent Apocolyse series shows us the mean, evil witch that we’re now officially rooting for. Whether Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Legacies or Charmed 2.0 find themselves tapping into that remains to be seen but a Witch show needs to understand the women it’s reflecting/

Teenage girls today are educated, commitment to social issues and the world at large tend to define them.

More than anything witch stories are defined by female power and the confrontation of said power.

A new generation of women didn’t see their gender as a detriment; there was no wish to have it all- they were never told they couldn’t. A generation that believed they were going to elect the first woman president, who believed in equal pay, women’s rights and assault against them deserved punishment. A generation of women who’d been betrayed.

The women seeing their lives reflected back are from a generation that believed they were going to elect the first woman president, who believe in equal pay, women’s rights and assault against them deserved punishment.

A generation of women who’d been betrayed.

In recent days and weeks, women across the country have summoned rage they’ve discovered a new part of themselves.

And maybe, just maybe there’s power in that.


18 Things About The New Netflix Sabrina Reboot

So I may have missed the boat talking about the new Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot when everyone cared about but my excitement is still there and whether you’re discovering that there is a Sabrina reboot through this post or you’re just bored and hoping to point out something I got wrong


So after trawling the internet here are 18 things we currently know about the Sabrina reboot

  1. Sabrina will be based on the comic books not the TV series. Fans will be more likely to remember Sabrina the Teenage Witch from the TV series starring Melissa Joan Hart in the 90s however this version of Sabrina will be based on the darker and twister Sabrina published in 2014 called ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’
  2. It will be a Riverdale spinoff: Although we don’t know exactly what that means at this point, we know that Sabrina will exist in the same universe as the Riverdale most likely taking place in Greendale which has been shown/referenced to before
  3. It’s going to be on Netflix instead of the CW. Netflix and CW do have a contract so a smarter person than I could unpack that for you but this potentially means more blood and violence (yay) and less actors cast because of their unbelievably stunning good looks.
  4. The show itself is said to be in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist
  5. It was rumoured that Sabrina was going to show up in the first season of Riverdale walking into Pops, this was back when Chloe Grace Moretz was rumoured to be in the role
  6. A leaked casting list showed Charlie Torr, Ariel Kaplan and  Adelina Hudson in the running
  7. A quote from the show added to the imdb also says “I… wanted you to see where I was born, Harvey. Not in Greendale General, like it says on my birth certificate. Here. In this grove of trees. Almost sixteen years ago… And, uhm, where I’ll be reborn this Saturday night. On my birthday. At the stroke of midnight. In the middle of a – a penumbral lunar eclipse. The kind that only happens once every sixty-six years… That’s why I can’t go to Rosalind’s Halloween party this weekend. Keirnan Shipka (Mad Men) will be playing the title character of Sabrina Spellman, described as a relatively ordinary girl who knows she’s a witch but is sort of not super on board about the whole being evil side of it “
  8. Miranda Otto (Lord Of The Rings) will play Aunt Zelda who is described as pragmatic and she was played by Beth Brodrick in the 90s sitcom version
  9. Lucy Davis (The Office UK) will play Aunt Hilda who is described as ‘forbearing’ and was played by Caroline Rhea in the 90s version
  10. The showrunner will be Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who has previously worked on Riverdale, Supergirl and Glee
  11. It’s rumoured to be getting a Halloween release date
  12. The first episode is called ‘Chapter One: October Country’
  13. The first season will have twenty episodes in total
  14. Chance Perdomo (Midsomer Murders) will be on the roster as Ambrose Spellman, Sabrina’s cousin who is unable to leave the Spellman house due to breaking the rules. From a bit of digging Chance seems like a British actor and this will be his first major role stateside.
  15. Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who) marks the fourth Brit on the cast list, she will be playing Mary Wardell, a favourite teacher of Sabrina’s who becomes possessed by the devil
  16. Texas actress Jaz Sinclair (Easy, Paper Towns) joins the cast as Rosalind Walker, Sabrina’s best friend who is the daughter of an outspoken pastor in the town
  17. Richard Coyle (The Fall) is the fifth Brit and will be playing Father Blackwood, theHigh Priest of the Church of Night and Dean of the Academy of the Unseen Arts
  18. Harvey Kinkle has not been cast but his role is very important to the series

Riverdale: Top 9 Sabrina casting picks

 When it was announced that the CW was turning the classic Archie comics into a TV series no one expected it to turn into one of the breakout shows of the year.

But Riverdale is here to stay, meaning there’s probably going to be a spin-off and Sabrina Spellman looks to be the front-runner. So because I can’t sleep and I’m procrastinating novel writing, here are nine actresses I wouldn’t mind playing Sabrina.

Who is Sabrina Spellman


In the comic books, Sabrina the Teenage Witch was a late addition to the gang. First appearing in Archie’s Madhouse in 1962, the half-witch Sabrina Spellman lives in Greendale with her aunt Zelda and Hilda and is often trying to do her best.

Sabrina quickly became one of Archie gang and fan favourite, earning her own comic book and finally, she became the first Archie character to get her first TV show.


Sabrina, the Teenage Witch ran from 1996-2003, chronicling the life of Miss Spellman discovering she’s a witch at the age of sixteen years old. The 90s update showed Sabrina as a spunky almost witch just trying to do her best while learning about her magic.

Anyway, any modern Sabrina will have to have some of the same components along with the gravitas to keep up in this new ‘edgy’ Archie world.

For the purposes of this list, all these actresses are twenty and under (we need to stop casting thirty-year-olds as high schoolers) and whom I think can bring something interesting to such an iconic role.

Bailee Madison

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This seventeen-year-old actress has racked up quite an impressive resume. In the past eleven years, she’s worked with the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Natalie Portman to name a few. Bailee’s young enough to play the iconic role and after already working in a show called ‘Good Witch’ it seems she can hold her own in the world of magic.

Herizen Guardiola

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Herizen has been one of the breakout stars of Netflix’s Get Down, the twenty-year-old singer and actress would fit in easily within the Riverdale cast. I could imagine Herizen’s Sabrina focusing on the romantic angle of her story.

Kiernan Shipka

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Kiernan Shipka is best known as Sally Draper in Mad Men and has also been making a name for herself with a litany of indie films. Having perfected a withering stare and a cutting one-liner before she was a teenager if they wanted a Sabrina to start some shit then Kiernan’s definitely the answer.

Ella Purnell

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This twenty-year-old actress recently played the lead role in Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ so playing a half-witch would probably be a piece of cake. Also, maybe we could have a Sabrina with a British accent?

Piper Curda


This nineteen-year-old actress is best known for her roles on the Disney channel in both Teen Beach Movie and ‘I didn’t do it’ but so was Cole Sprouse before Riverdale. I could see Curda bringing some humour to the role, in the same way, Melissa Joan Hart did in the 90s version.

Madison Pettis

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Eighteen-year-old Madison Pettis is a former child actress (she was in The Game Plan with Dwyane Johnson) and has recently lent her voice talents to the Lion King spin-off “The Lion Guard” and racked up over three million followers Pettis would be able to balance the humour of the role with some of the inevitably darker moments.

Camren Bicondova

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Best known as the young Selina Kyle (Catwoman) in Gotham this seventeen-year-old actress already knows how to put her own spin on well-known roles. Bicondova could also add some action to the role as well.

China Anne McClain


Another Disney kid/former child actresses, China Anne McClain has a host of movies under her belt and has already been the lead in her own Disney Channel show ‘ANT Farm’ the charismatic actress could easily make the transition to leading her own CW show.

Chloë Grace Mortez

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If the rumours are true then Chloë has already been cast as Sabrina. Best known as movie actresses with turns as Carrie and Hit-Girl, Mortez would be a formidable presence in Riverdale.

And if those other rumours are true then it seems we won’t have to wait long for the new Sabrina to be revealed as she’s supposedly coming in at the end of season two…

So what do you think? Is there anyone else you’d like to see in the role?

By Katie Beech

8 things you didn’t know about Sabrina the Teenage Witch



Based on a 60s archie comic entitled the “chilling adventures of Sabrina” about the origins of a powerful sorceress at the age of 16


Sabrina and Salem are the only ones to appear in every episode

Nick Bakay who voiced Salem also plays Karl in Til’Death


Sabrina’s cousin Amanda was actually played by Melissa Joan Hart’s sister

The address of the beautiful Spellman house is 133 Collins Road, West Bridge, Massachusetts

Soleil Moon Fyre who plays Roxie in the later seasons recently opened a boutique


Caroline Rhea (Aunt Hilda) currently voices the mom in Phineas and Ferb

Britney Spears and Melissa Joan Hart were good friends in the 90s with Melissa starring in the film “Drive me Crazy” and Britney supplying the soundtrack