Friday, November 01, 2019

Melissa Joan Hart Brought Back Sabrina the Teenage Witch (and Salem) - With a Twist

It's officially Halloween, which means there's no better time to bring back one of TV's favorite witches. On Wednesday night, Melissa Joan Hart reprised her role as Sabrina the Teenage Witch during a sketch on The Late Late Show with James Corden, but she underwent under a little re-branding, turning the iconic character into "Subpoena the Teenage Witch" with an unexpected courtroom power.

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(Did you know that James Corden (Gavin & Stacy, Cats) is also a Nickelodeon star? He once guest starred in an episode of the Renford Rejects!)

Corden recreated Sabrina's famous living room for the sketch, which featured Hart in character as her former teenage self. She even reunited with an old friend — Salem Saberhagen the cat, voiced by Nick Bakay (Angry Beavers) once again. In the skit, Sabrina tries to share a glass of wine with her sassy cat, but rather than conjuring up some Chardonnay as intended, she keeps getting court documents instead.

Enter Corden, who plays her cousin James teleporting in from Washington D.C. to explain her, uh, interesting new power. Sabrina (or now, Subpoena) has the ability to serve a subpoena to anyone and summon them to court, including people like Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Once Corden explains that people are able to not respond to the requests, Sabrina realizes her new power is a dud. "A power people can just choose to ignore sounds like nothing," she said. And even Salem agrees. Corden tries to convince Sabrina that it's important, but eventually gives up — and finally gives her that glass of wine.

The sketch was quite a throwback and likely the closest thing to a Sabrina the Teenage Witch revival that fans will get, especially in the wake of Netflix's modern reboot Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. However, the original cast gave their blessings to the stars of the new reboot before the show's 2018 premiere, so all is well in the world of teenage witches. The OG Sabrina The Teenage Witch cast did reunite at L.A. Comic Con in 2017.

Another classic Hart show was also planned to make a comeback. In March 2018, the actor was reportedly in talks to reprise her breakout role of Clarissa Darling in a Nickelodeon revival of Clarissa Explains It All. However, Hart explained in April 2019 that the reboot was "on hold" for now. "I don’t know what’s going on with it," she said. "It’s up to the writers in the show, and the producers, and then the network, what they would want."

Unfortunately, Hart has now confirmed that the Clarissa Explains It All reboot, in which Clarissa would play the mother of the family, has been cancelled. When asked about the revival in an interview with Parade, the No Good Nick star revealed:

"[...] executives over at Nickelodeon changed and they shelved it, so I don’t think it’s going to happen. I know people would like it to happen, but it’s a tough one to bring back because it’s very precious to me and to the show runner. It’s a hard thing to revisit, you know? You can really mess up the memory of it if you do it wrong. So, it’s scary to me."

After watching the clip, I think we can all agree that the world needs more Salem Saberhagen.

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