The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina got. And on Friday Netflix debuted the series’ first episode to fans at its Netflix and Chills panel during New York Comic-Con 2018.
We’ll have a review of the episode later, but for now my immediate takeaway is that the show harkens back to the horror-themed comedies of the 80s and 90s like Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice. It absolutely has some spooky moments, but it’s not a dark and dreary story. And while the show is funny, it’s not silly as to diminish the show’s stakes.
The expanded cast of Sabrina got the most explanation during Friday’s panel, including Michelle Gomez dual role of Miss Wardell, Sabrina’s teacher, and Madam Satan — something way more sinister. Gomez noted that it’s a real challenge to not make her just evil. But if you’ve seen her portray, a complicated antagonist is absolutely something she pulls off.
Chance Perdomo plays Sabrina’s cousin Ambrose, describing his role as “the Alfred to Sabrina’s Batman.” Perdomo also praised the show’s writers for allowing his character to also be both pansexual and a person of color, giving him lots of sides to explore as well as represent.
Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sabrina Spellman herself, said that Salem is being played by three cats and noted that the show is taking a new spin on Salem.
“It’s funny because the 90s sitcom Salem is so iconic,” Shipka said.
And might Sabrina eventually crossover with, the other Archie Comics-based show that Aguirre-Sacasa serves as a creator on? The answer is maybe.
“I’m first and foremost a fan of these two worlds, Riverdale and Greendale. I love when comic book characters cross over, right now we’re focused on getting Sabrina out there and making sure Sabrina is as good as it can be but I’m hopeful,” Aguirre-Sacasa said.
Other stars of Sabrina include Miranda Otto as Zelda Spellman, Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman, Ross Lynch as Sabrina’s boyfriend Harvey Kinkle, Tati Gabrielle as Prudence and Bronson Pinchot as high school principal George Hawthorne.
The first season premieres on Netflix Oct. 26.