After months of waiting, it’s finally here. Salem has been cast for Netflix’s upcoming Sabrina show! The picture at the top of this article, tweeted by executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Friday afternoon, answers the questions I’ve been screaming into the night sky since the Sabrina show was announced.
So what does this tell us? First- the cat appears to be real. I won’t claim to be an expert in either puppetry or CGI, but this looks like a real-life cat. For the 90s Sabrina The Teenage Witch show, starring Melissa Joan Hart, the part of Salem was played by a puppet in close-up shots, and a live cat any time Salem had to walk around.
(Speaking of Melissa Joan Hart, what does she think of the new Sabrina show? I thought that the star of God’s Not Dead 2 would be opposed to seeing the character that launched her career doing explicitly Satanic black magic like ‘Brina does in the comics, but the actress says she’s “Indifferent, really” to the new show. I’m glad she’s not mad.)
Second- the cat is all black. Salem from the 90s series was all-black, but the cat in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic that the upcoming show is based on has white fur on his chin.
Third- it looks like this cat is super soft. I bet it would be awesome to pet this cat.
Now, some big questions still remain. First off, who will be voicing this jet black, 7-pound-3-ounce warlock? Second, what is the name of the cat that will be portraying Salem? I asked Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, but he hasn’t answered. He’s probably tired of me tweeting about cats at him at three in the morning. Last, will there be Sabrina-branded cat treats hitting grocery shelves this October? Please? That’s a billion dollar idea, right there.
Are you as excited about Salem as I am?! I’m writing this sitting next to my cat, with my computer on a cat-face pillow, and a Sabrina pin on my hat. I don’t wanna overstate this, but if Salem makes it to the convention circuit I will physically throw people out of my way to get an autograph. Send help.
For more about Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and more pictures of Salem if they drop, keep checking nofspodcast.com