Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Get your first magical look at Sabrina and Harvey in Netflix reboot

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Apr 4, 2018

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina arrives on Netflix later this year, but thanks to showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, you can get a sneak peek at  the show right now: A new still shows Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) and Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch) holding hands and giving each other loving looks.

It might be hard for old-school fans of the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch series to see anyone other than Melissa Joan Hart and Nate Richert in these roles, but let's give the newbies a chance. In the other series, Harvey was unaware of his girlfriend's powers and when he did finally discover who she was, he distanced himself from her until the final episode when Sabrina left her fiance at the altar and drove off into the sunset with Harvey on his motorcycle.

Whether the writers on Chilling Adventures intend to retain Kinkle's blissful ignorance or choose to make him more accustomed to the world of magic is still up for debate at this point until we see a trailer or two. 

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A photo had surfaced in February, showing Sabrina's talking black cat, Salem, as in the Salem Witch Trials. Again, OG admirers of the franchise will always remember Nick Bakay's wisecracking take on the infamous feline, who was originally a witch but turned into a cat for trying to take over the world. Still, the whiskered fellow in the photo below is a dead ringer for the animatronic puppet and four, real-world stand-ins used on the first show. 

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While the series will take place in the same universe as The CW's Riverdale (also run by Aguirre-Sacasa), Sabrina won't cross over with Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead and the rest. This was confirmed by Riverdale executive producer (and CEO of Archie Comics) Jon Goldwater on Monday. The reason for placing the show on Netflix was purely a business decision as the streaming service was offering a two-year deal while CW was not, said network president Mark Pedowitz in early January

There is no concrete date for when the first season drops on Netflix, but the first episode was directed by Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline) and is titled "Chapter One: October Country."