The Hub cable channel has announced that they’ve picked up a new animated TV series, Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch. Based on the classic Archie Comics character, the new animated series is expected to premiere in the summer of 2013. Ashley Tisdale will voice the title character.
It doesn’t sound like the new version will be directly related to the popular live-action series, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, its animated spin-off Sabrina: The Animated Series, or the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch animated series from 1970.
Here’s the press release with some additional details:
THE HUB TV NETWORK PICKS UP NEW ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES “SABRINA: SECRETS OF A TEENAGE WITCH” FOR SUMMER 2013
Ashley Tisdale to Voice the Title Role
LOS ANGELES – The Hub TV network, a destination for kids and their families, announced today that the pop culture phenomenon SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH will return to television in the all-new original animated series, “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch.” Actress, singer and High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale will lend her voice to the lead character of Sabrina. Currently in production and slated to premiere in the summer of 2013, the series will feature the iconic teen character re-imagined for a new generation.
The animated “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch” series was acquired by The Hub and produced by Moonscoop, Archie Comic Publications, Inc., DSK Group, India, Laughing Lion, and Telegael Teoranta. Writer Dean Batali (“What’s Up Warthogs,” “That 70’s Show,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) will be story editor and Trevor Wall (“Hero 108”) will serve as director for the series.
In the upcoming series “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch,” Sabrina is half-witch and half-human, and all super hero as she leads two vastly different lives; one disguised as a normal, klutzy high school student and the other as the top sorcery student in the magical world. When her two worlds collide, Sabrina is the only one who has the power to battle her foes, while managing to keep her magical identity a secret from humankind.
Ashley Tisdale is an actress and singer best known for starring in the Emmy(R) Award-winning High School Musical film series. The High School Musical series became a successful franchise, which included two television films, a feature movie, a spin-off and numerous soundtrack albums. Tisdale’s work led to a prominent voice role in the critically acclaimed animated series “Phineas & Ferb.” Additional credits include “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” “Hellcats,” and, more recently, a multi-episode arc in “Sons of Anarchy” as well as roles in feature films including Aliens in the Attic and the upcoming Scary Movie 5. Tisdale also runs a successful production company, Blondie Girl Productions, and their first series “Miss Advised” premiered on Bravo this summer.
About The Hub TV Network
THE HUB is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro, Inc., (NASDAQ: HAS) with a goal of entertaining, enlightening, empowering and educating children and their families. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Discovery’s library of award-winning children’s educational programming; from Hasbro’s rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at www.hubworld.com. The Hub rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and reaches more than 70 million U.S. households. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.
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What do you think? Will you check out this new Sabrina series? What’s your favorite version of the character?