During an appearance on FABLife on Monday (March 19) Melissa Joan Hart revealed that she is currently taking meetings for a reboot of one of her extremely-popular ’90s shows.
The audience and the hosts immediately started cheering like she’d announced news of world peace, prompting Hart to clarify that the reboots aren’t actually happening yet. “It’s a meeting, hold on, let’s slow down. Take a step back,” she jokes.
As for which show would be getting the reboot treatment, it’s still up in the air. According to Hart, both “Sabrina” and “Clarissa Explains It All” are possibilities being discussed. “It depends on who’s going to give up rights, who’s going to do it, how’s it going to be done — it’s a lot of politics and we are nowhere near doing anything.”
Still, just the news that a reboot is on the table is enough to get fans speculating about what these shows would look like all these years later.
Where would the characters be in their lives? What would the weekly plots looks like? Who should join the reboot it and where should it premiere? Luckily, Zap2it has a few ideas.
‘Clarissa Explains It All’
- As an adult, Clarissa should have a job that puts her social commentary and quick wit to good use. A journalist perhaps? After all, that’s what the attempted CBS pilot back in 1995 slated her as.
- Sam’s (Sean O’Neal) ladder trick might not fly as an adult, but he should definitely still live in the neighborhood. Unless Clarissa has a super hot husband, Sam should definitely come back as a potential love interest.
- The story should follow Clarissa’s two kids. In keeping with the current ’90s reboots, the script should be flipped to focus on the next generation. An older son and bratty younger sister would do the trick.
- Ferguson (Jason Zimbler) — more fondly known as Ferg-face — should be insanely wealthy, having hit it big with one of his kooky money-making schemes.
- As a family friendly show, this reboot should stay right where it belongs: Nickelodeon.
- The show should inexplicably still be set in the ’90s. The fashion, the pop-culture and the cheesy sayings should all be the same with absolutely no explanation as to why Clarissa is perpetually stuck in the same decade. How’s that for a twist?
‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’
- The show could pretty easily pick up with Sabrina in her 30’s, married to her soulmate Harvey Kinkle (Nate Richert).
- If Sabrina doesn’t have kids herself (or even if she does), she should take on the Aunt role to the show’s newest “teenage witch.” This would be similar to the roles that Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick) filled for her in the original series.
- Salem as a human instead of a cat might be a nice change. Maybe 20 years spent as a cat was enough penance for trying to take over the world?
- Old characters like Libby (Jenna Leigh Green) and Roxie (Soleil Moon Frye) might be good for cameos, but a new cast of friends would definitely feel fresher.
- The magic should be darker and less cheesy. If there’s one thing we learned from “Fuller House,” it’s that a straight reboot of cheesy ’90s shows is fun, but not very entertaining. A darker spin on a formerly cutesy show could be a cool upgrade.
- A Netflix or Syfy revival might be a better route to take for the magical element of “Sabrina.”