History Trivia / SabrinaTheTeenageWitch

9th May '18 8:59:53 AM AmuckCricetine
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* MemeticMutation: "I grew up to be Aunt Hilda" became a Twitter meme in 2018. Caroline Rhea even acknowledged it.
9th May '18 8:58:09 AM AmuckCricetine
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Jenna Leigh Green is far from being as nasty as her AlphaBitch character Libby. In her autobiography, Melissa Joan Hart describes her as one of her closest friends during shooting.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Jenna Leigh Green is far from being as nasty as her AlphaBitch character Libby. In her autobiography, Melissa Joan Hart Creator/MelissaJoanHart describes her as one of her closest friends during shooting.



* OneOfUs: Melissa Joan Hart is a huge WWE fan. Which would probably explain why prominent guest stars included Wrestling/BillyGunn, {{Wrestling/Chyna}} and Wrestling/KevinNash - the latter appearing in a BigLippedAlligatorMoment

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* OneOfUs: Melissa Joan Hart Creator/MelissaJoanHart is a huge WWE fan. Which would probably explain why prominent guest stars included Wrestling/BillyGunn, {{Wrestling/Chyna}} and Wrestling/KevinNash - the latter appearing in a BigLippedAlligatorMoment



** Similarly to ''M*A*S*H'', very few actors carried over from the original PilotMovie to the series proper. Other than Melissa Joan Hart, only Michelle Beaudoin, who played Marni in the movie and Sabrina's (first) best friend, Jenny, in the series, appeared in both of them. Hilda, Zelda, Harvey, and the voice of Salem were all re-cast. [[AlphaBitch Libby]] does not appear in the pilot; a character named Katie fills a similar role. There's also a character named Seth in the movie who acts as WrongGuyFirst; he has no analogue in the series, as Sabrina is hot for Harvey (which is more or less requited) from the outset.

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** Similarly to ''M*A*S*H'', ''Series/{{Mash}}'', very few actors carried over from the original PilotMovie to the series proper. Other than Melissa Joan Hart, only Michelle Beaudoin, who played Marni in the movie and Sabrina's (first) best friend, Jenny, in the series, appeared in both of them. Hilda, Zelda, Harvey, and the voice of Salem were all re-cast. [[AlphaBitch Libby]] does not appear in the pilot; a character named Katie fills a similar role. There's also a character named Seth in the movie who acts as WrongGuyFirst; he has no analogue in the series, as Sabrina is hot for Harvey (which is more or less requited) from the outset.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Hilda initially cast spells in a puff of smoke, but switched to CGI in later seasons. This is because Caroline Rhea was afraid of the pyrotechnics.
** Zelda disappears in Season 7 as Beth Broderick felt the character was going nowhere, and quit the show.
** She also doesn't appear in the finale, as they could only afford to bring one of the aunts back. As Hilda was more popular, they chose her.



** The Season 4 premiere has Britney Spears being zapped into Sabrina's room to hang out briefly. According to Melissa Joan Hart's autobiography, this parallels how when they were filming, Britney would not be allowed to go to lunch with the other cast mates - because her entourage insisted on her doing more work.

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** The Season 4 premiere has Britney Spears Music/BritneySpears being zapped into Sabrina's room to hang out briefly. According to Melissa Joan Hart's Creator/MelissaJoanHart's autobiography, this parallels how when they were filming, Britney would not be allowed to go to lunch with the other cast mates - because her entourage insisted on her doing more work.



** Some plans for a Season 8 would have involved Sabrina and [[spoiler: Harvey]] moving into a haunted house. Barbara Eden would have joined the show as a regular.

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** Some plans for a Season 8 would have involved Sabrina and [[spoiler: Harvey]] moving into a haunted house. Barbara Eden Creator/BarbaraEden would have joined the show as a regular.
9th May '18 8:50:53 AM AmuckCricetine
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** They attempted two spin-offs with Amanda. The first would have been about her, Allie and Marigold moving in with Emile and his boys - one of whom played by Creator/FrankieMuniz. The second would have focused on her hijinx at Witchright Hall. Neither happened, though Emily Hart did get to voice Sabrina in the AnimatedAdaptation.
** The plot of Season 7 would have revolved around Josh proposing to Sabrina and the growing love triangle with Harvey. When David Lascher opted to leave the show, Aaron Jacobs was created to fill his role. Additionally they wanted a two-part finale but were only granted one episode.
** Some plans for a Season 8 would have involved Sabrina and [[spoiler: Harvey]] moving into a haunted house. Barbara Eden would have joined the show as a regular.
** Creator/SarahMichelleGellar was considered for Sabrina.



** An odd example with Elisa Donovan. She starred on ''{{Series/Clueless}}'', which Melissa Joan Hart crossed over to as Sabrina. She later joined ''Sabrina'' as Morgan in Season 5.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** They attempted two spin-offs with Amanda. The first would have been about her, Allie and Marigold moving in with Emile and his boys - one of whom played by Frankie Muniz. The second would have focused on her hijinx at Witchright Hall. Neither happened, though Emily Hart did get to voice Sabrina in the AnimatedAdaptation.
** The plot of Season 7 would have revolved around Josh proposing to Sabrina and the growing love triangle with Harvey. When David Lascher opted to leave the show, Aaron Jacobs was created to fill his role. Additionally they wanted a two-part finale but were only granted one episode.
** Some plans for a Season 8 would have involved Sabrina and [[spoiler: Harvey]] moving into a haunted house. Barbara Eden would have joined the show as a regular.

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** An odd example with Elisa Donovan. She starred on ''{{Series/Clueless}}'', which Melissa Joan Hart crossed over to as Sabrina. She later joined ''Sabrina'' as Morgan in Season 5.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** They attempted two spin-offs with Amanda. The first would have been about her, Allie and Marigold moving in with Emile and his boys - one of whom played by Frankie Muniz. The second would have focused on her hijinx at Witchright Hall. Neither happened, though Emily Hart did get to voice Sabrina in the AnimatedAdaptation.
** The plot of Season 7 would have revolved around Josh proposing to Sabrina and the growing love triangle with Harvey. When David Lascher opted to leave the show, Aaron Jacobs was created to fill his role. Additionally they wanted a two-part finale but were only granted one episode.
** Some plans for a Season 8 would have involved Sabrina and [[spoiler: Harvey]] moving into a haunted house. Barbara Eden would have joined the show as a regular.
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16th Apr '18 4:43:33 AM jormis29
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** Aunt Irma is played by Barbara Eden, who also played in another [[Series/IDreamofJeannie supernatural sitcom]]. Her magical gesture in both? Crossing her arms.

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** Aunt Irma is played by Barbara Eden, Creator/BarbaraEden, who also played in another [[Series/IDreamofJeannie supernatural sitcom]]. Her magical gesture in both? Crossing her arms.
15th Apr '18 3:55:28 PM fearlessnikki
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* TheCastShowOff: In "The Band Episode" has Jenna Leigh Green demonstrating her singing voice. She became a Broadway star after leaving the show.



* DawsonCasting: Pretty much the whole "teenage" cast but notably Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina) (b. 1976), Jenna Leigh Green ([[AlphaBitch Libby]]), (b. 1974) and Lindsay Sloane (Valerie) (b. 1977). One of the student extras was a ''[[http://imgur.com/p4R9ga4 balding man]]''!

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* DawsonCasting: Pretty much the whole "teenage" cast but notably DawsonCasting:
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Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina) (b. 1976), was twenty when Season 1 aired, playing Sabrina at sixteen. She doesn't turn eighteen until Melissa herself was twenty-four.
** Nate Richert was borderline - eighteen playing Harvey at sixteen.
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Jenna Leigh Green ([[AlphaBitch Libby]]), (b. 1974) and Michelle Beaudoin were the oldest of the actors playing high schoolers - already twenty-two and twenty-one respectively.
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Lindsay Sloane (Valerie) (b. 1977). meanwhile was the same age as Valerie.
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One of the student extras was a ''[[http://imgur.com/p4R9ga4 balding man]]''!



* FunnyCharacterBoringActor: Inverted. Zelda was the strict and stern one of the aunts. Beth Broderick is just as much of a goofball as Caroline Rhea in real life.
* IAmNotSpock:
** Nate Richert is known entirely as Harvey, as he didn't do much more acting after leaving the show.
** Beth Broderick has a pretty extensive resume in both TV and film, but she's best known as Zelda.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Jenna Leigh Green is far from being as nasty as her AlphaBitch character Libby. In her autobiography, Melissa Joan Hart describes her as one of her closest friends during shooting.
* MemeticMutation: "I grew up to be Aunt Hilda" became a Twitter meme in 2018. Caroline Rhea even acknowledged it.



* RealitySubtext: The Season 4 premiere has Britney Spears being zapped into Sabrina's room to hang out briefly. According to Melissa Joan Hart's autobiography, this parallels how when they were filming, Britney would not be allowed to go to lunch with the other cast mates - because her entourage insisted on her doing more work.

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* RealitySubtext: RealitySubtext:
** Hilda's rocky love life in Season 1 parallels that Caroline Rhea had just gotten out of a bad break-up when she was cast. She jokes that she signed on as soon as she heard that Hilda imprisoned a man in a ring for not loving her.
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The Season 4 premiere has Britney Spears being zapped into Sabrina's room to hang out briefly. According to Melissa Joan Hart's autobiography, this parallels how when they were filming, Britney would not be allowed to go to lunch with the other cast mates - because her entourage insisted on her doing more work.


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* TypeCasting: Lindsay Sloane frequently played neurotic characters like Valerie in ''Series/TheOddCouple'' and ''Series/TheWonderYears''.
1st Mar '18 10:29:06 AM gjjones
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* CelebrityVoiceActor: In the Latin American Spanish dub, Mexican soap opera actress Vanessa Acosta voices Sabrina for the first season.



* FakeAmerican: Canadians Creator/RyanReynolds, Michelle Beaudoin, Lalainia Lindbjerg and Laura Harris in the PilotMovie. Although technically the movie is set in Riverdale (as opposed to the show's Westbridge) and Archie Comics have said that Riverdale could be anywhere - including Canada. Which would make Melissa Joan Hart a Fake Canadian in that case. But as the show is set in Massachusetts Michelle Beaudoin still counts as this trope.

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* FakeAmerican: Canadians Creator/RyanReynolds, Michelle Beaudoin, Lalainia Lindbjerg and Laura Harris in the PilotMovie. Although technically the movie is set in Riverdale (as opposed to the show's Westbridge) and Archie Comics have said that Riverdale could be anywhere - including Canada. Which would make Melissa Joan Hart a Fake Canadian in that case. But as the show is set in Massachusetts Massachusetts, Michelle Beaudoin still counts as this trope.


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** In the Latin American Spanish dub, Vanessa Acosta originally voiced Sabrina for the first season. When Acosta left to focus on her theater and soap opera career, Xóchitl Ugarte took her place for the remaining six seasons.
24th Feb '18 10:40:45 AM fearlessnikki
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Hilda initially cast spells in a puff of smoke, but switched to CGI in later seasons. This is because Caroline Rhea was afraid of the pyrotechnics.
** Zelda disappears in Season 7 as Beth Broderick felt the character was going nowhere, and quit the show.
** She also doesn't appear in the finale, as they could only afford to bring one of the aunts back. As Hilda was more popular, they chose her.


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** Charlene Fernetz played Zelda in the PilotMovie and later appeared as Gail - the girlfriend of Sabrina's father - in Season 1.


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** An odd example with Elisa Donovan. She starred on ''{{Series/Clueless}}'', which Melissa Joan Hart crossed over to as Sabrina. She later joined ''Sabrina'' as Morgan in Season 5.
3rd Feb '18 8:58:53 PM nombretomado
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* FormerTropeNamer: For AlphaBitch - previously known as 'The Libby' because Libby was such a shining example of the character. By extension this named other tropes - LovableAlphaBitch (Lovable Libby), BackstabbingTheAlphaBitch (Knifing The Libby In The Bank) and FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch (Libby My Old Friend).

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* FormerTropeNamer: Administrivia/FormerTropeNamer: For AlphaBitch - previously known as 'The Libby' because Libby was such a shining example of the character. By extension this named other tropes - LovableAlphaBitch (Lovable Libby), BackstabbingTheAlphaBitch (Knifing The Libby In The Bank) and FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch (Libby My Old Friend).
27th Jan '18 12:08:39 PM nombretomado
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* ChannelHop: Moved from Creator/{{ABC}} to TheWB. As a result, most of the cast members aside from the Spellmans, Salem and Josh were fired (though Harvey was brought back eventually after fan protests).

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* ChannelHop: Moved from Creator/{{ABC}} to TheWB.Creator/TheWB. As a result, most of the cast members aside from the Spellmans, Salem and Josh were fired (though Harvey was brought back eventually after fan protests).
9th Jan '18 2:15:16 PM fearlessnikki
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* DyeingForYourArt: Melissa Joan Hart bobbed her hair for the PilotMovie, to match Sabrina's hairstyle in the comics. But she wore it long in the TV series, save for the third season.



* FakeAmerican: Canadians Creator/RyanReynolds, Michelle Beaudoin, Lalainia Lindbjerg and Laura Harris in the PilotMovie. Although technically the movie is set in Riverdale (as opposed to the show's Westbridge) and Archie Comics have said that Riverdale could be anywhere - including Canada. Which would make Melissa Joan Hart a Fake Canadian in that case.

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* FakeAmerican: Canadians Creator/RyanReynolds, Michelle Beaudoin, Lalainia Lindbjerg and Laura Harris in the PilotMovie. Although technically the movie is set in Riverdale (as opposed to the show's Westbridge) and Archie Comics have said that Riverdale could be anywhere - including Canada. Which would make Melissa Joan Hart a Fake Canadian in that case. But as the show is set in Massachusetts Michelle Beaudoin still counts as this trope.



* RealLifeRelative: Recurring character Amanda (Sabrina's evil cousin) was played by Melissa's little sister, Emily Hart. Who, as noted above, ended up playing Sabrina herself in the cartoon. Likewise Amanda's little sister Allie is played by another Hart sibling - Alexandra Hart-Gilliams.

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* RealLifeRelative: RealLifeRelative:
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Recurring character Amanda (Sabrina's evil cousin) was played by Melissa's little sister, Emily Hart. Who, as noted above, ended up playing Sabrina herself in the cartoon. Likewise Amanda's little sister Allie is played by another Hart sibling - Alexandra Hart-Gilliams.Hart-Gilliams.
** The band Course of Nature appear as themselves in Season 7. Melissa Joan Hart is married to member Mark Wilkerson.



* ThrowItIn: The Seasons 5-7 opening sequence has a moment where Melissa Joan Hart leans back on the bed but smacks her head off the wood, and she can be seen rubbing her head.

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* ThrowItIn: ThrowItIn:
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The Seasons 5-7 opening sequence has a moment where Melissa Joan Hart leans back on the bed but smacks her head off the wood, and she can be seen rubbing her head.head.
** Sabrina inexplicably dyeing her hair red at college is something Melissa Joan Hart did when she was at college.
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