Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Melissa Joan Hart on Returning to 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch' and 'Clarissa Explains It All'

Melissa Joan Hart has been acting since she was 4 years old, according to the actor's IMDb resume, but some may not realize she's also a director. This holiday season she's back directing Lifetime's Santa Bootcamp, a Christmas rom-com starring The Walking Dead star Emily Kinney and West Side Story icon Rita Moreno. 

Clarissa Explains It All.

In an interview with The List, to promote her new film, Hart opened up about whether she'd ever return to her iconic roles in Sabrina the Teenage Witch and/or Clarissa Explains It All.

Having acted for most of her life, Melissa Joan Hart has starred in a plethora of popular TV series, including Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Clarissa Explains It All. Hart is now extremely busy balancing her directing career alongside acting and her family life. As for whether she'd ever consider a return to either of the popular characters she played when she was younger, Hart tells The List, "We tried. Sabrina, that ship might have sailed, but Clarissa, we tried to bring it back and there was an upheaval at Nickelodeon and it didn't come to fruition." 

While the Clarissa reboot didn't end up happening, Netflix did revive Sabrina the Teenage Witch as gritty reboot Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, however, only Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick from the original '90s series made a appearance in it, reprising their respective characters Hilda Spellman and Zelda Spellman, respectively.

Hart has a lot of plans for the future. "I like moving forward and I'm loving my directing career, but I am still auditioning and developing. I might be acting in a movie next year. I'll definitely be acting in a Lifetime Christmas movie, but I might be in an actual movie next year, [and] I haven't done one of those in a while." While fans would love to see Hart reprise some of her most famous characters, the director told The List she is very happy with where her career is headed right now.

Directing holiday movies for Lifetime is just one of the things keeping Melissa Joan Hart busy these days. "I like to mix things up, but I don't necessarily want to go back to doing something I did before," she says. As for Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Clarissa Explains It All, Hart explains, "I love those characters dearly, but I need to let them lie, in a way." 

Hart also points out that rebooting any show has its challenges, "It's red tape and the bureaucracy of the industry and trying to figure out who owns what and who's going to pay for it and where are we going to put it and who wants it and what's the audience." 

While Sabrina and Clarissa reboots might not be on the cards right now, Hart teases that there's one way she'd consider returning to one of her classic characters. "I will say if Steven Spielberg calls and says he wants me to redo Sabrina, maybe I'll do it," she says. 

Noting that it's "hard to go back to things," Hart said, "If you do it in the right way, it's brilliant. If you do it in the wrong way, it's trash." Fans will most definitely be holding out hope that either Clarissa or Sabrina gets the reboot treatment with Hart at the helm one day in the future.

Hart's new movie Santa Bootcamp follows Emily (Kinney), a woman hired to plan the most impressive holiday gala, featuring the perfect Santa Claus. In search of her St. Nick, Emily attends a Santa Bootcamp, run by the ever-mysterious Belle (Moreno). There, Emily meets a whole host of interesting characters training to become Santa, including a very dashing chef. But will she find the perfect Santa Claus in time for her gala? The movie is available to watch on Lifetime.

Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch are available to stream on Paramount+. Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com.

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