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Things We Saw Today: First Sabrina Reboot Pictures Are Freaky but There’s Not Enough Saucy Talking Cat

Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina in Netflix's the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Netflix’s forthcoming spin on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, called Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, has a much darker tone than what we’re used to seeing in the Archie Comics and the ’90s TV show. 100% more devil worship, 100% less Salem the cat’s sarcasm.

Sabrina the teenage witch Salem cat

This much more serious Sabrina adaptation will introduce characters both old and new from the Sabrina-verse, with the titular role played by Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka (who is now 18, in case you wanted to feel old today). The casting seems spot-on across the board—it’s hard to argue with Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto as Hilda and Zelda Spellman. They also play my witchy aunts in my recurring daydreams.

As io9 explains, we’ll be getting plotlines that go far beyond who’s taking who to the school dance:

The newest photos give us a full look at Kiernan Shipka’s Sabrina, a teenage girl who’s part of a long line of Devil-worshipping (and marrying) witches. In fact, the other photo in this collection appears to be Sabrina getting ready to become a Bride of Satan under the tutelage of Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle), surrounded by her aunts (played by Lucy Davis and Miranda Otto) and the three Weird Sisters, led by Tati Gabrielle’s Prudence.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina first look

Sabrina the teenage witch Salem cat

Netflix officially sayeth: “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.”

Unfortunately, all of this Darkly Intense Rebootness means we’re unlikely to have much camp baked into this show, though that remains to be seen. Harvey Kinkle will probably still bumble around in blissful ignorance.

Sabrina the teenage witch Salem cat

I have to say these first looks and descriptions are promising, even if it’s hard to imagine a Sabrina without an acerbic feline companion.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina poster

We’ll likely still receive some version of Salem—we saw the silhouette of a black cat in the show’s promo poster. Maybe he communicates with her telepathically?

Sabrina the teenage witch Salem cat

(via io9, images: Netflix)

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What’d you see today, my magical creatures?

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Kaila is a lifelong New Yorker. She's written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.