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SABRINA’S SECRET LIFE (Syndication,
November 10, 2003-February 3, 2004)
Archie Comics Entertainment
LLC, Les Studios Tex SARL, DiC Entertainment
the conclusion of Sabrina:
The Animated Series, DiC Entertainment
regained their independence from Disney
after falling under their ownership with their
purchase of ABC. Still possessing the Sabrina
license from Archie Comics, DiC
produced a follow-up movie called Friends Forever!, utilizing the same
designs as The Animated Series but featuring an all-new voice cast with
no connection to the live-action sitcom that inspired it. Sabrina (Britt McKillip), having turned
13, received a magic wand from queen witch Enchantra (Jane Mortifee) and was allowed to
enroll in the Witch Academy. There, she met and befriended a fellow half-human
named Nicole (Alexandra Carter)
and they endeavored to make themselves into full witches so that they would fit
in with the other students.
Harvey Kinkle: smitten by Sabrina, or under a spell?
into a new series: Sabrina’s Secret Life. Sabrina was now 14 and
attending Greendale High School. While she still lived with her aunts Hilda
(Moneca Stori) and Zelda (Bettina Bush)
and warlock-turned-cat Salem (Maurice LaMarche), and continued to have a crush
on her friend, Harvey Kinkle (Michael
Monroe Heyward), they were the only returning characters. He best friend
Chloe was said to have moved away, and rival Gem Stone went to attend a private
school out of town. Uncle Quigly, Pi and the Spooky Jar just disappeared without
a mention or trace. Newly added was Sabrina’s new human best friend, Maritza (Vanesa Tomasino), who was
unaware of her powers; Sabrina’s best-friend-turned-enemy and Enchantra’s
niece, Cassandra (Tifanie
Christun); and teachers Ms. Magrooney and Mr. Snipe (Christopher Gaze), who taught
classes in both the Human World and Netherworld. While the series continued the
theme of Sabrina balancing the two halves of her heritage, her powers were
considerably weaker than the other versions; relying on her wand to cast spells
rather than hand waves and incantations.
Sabrina and Cassandra square off.
Secret Life debuted on November 10, 2003 in syndication as part of the DiC Kids Network
programming block. It was developed by DiC founder Jean Chalopin, who also served
as head writer and wrote half of the episodes. Jean-Michel Guirao was the
series’ composer. It would be the last show produced by French animation studio
Les Studio Tex, which shut down shortly after its conclusion. Unlike its
predecessor, Secret Life only ran for a single season of 26 episodes.
Disney would purchase the international rights to air it on their channels
alongside The Animated Series in international markets in a package
called Totally Sabrina (although in Germany it aired simply as a third
season to The Animated Series), and would be rerun on Toon Disney and Disney Channel in the
United States until 2005. It made its way to CBS
as part of the KOL
Secret Slumber Party programming block from 2006-07, and later as part
of their successor Cookie
Jar Entertainment’s Cookie
Jar TV block from 2010-11.