Where Are They Now?: ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’
When I first saw the title sequence for Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, I was so excited that Clarissa (of Clarissa Explains it All) had a new show, I vowed to keep watching no matter what, if for nothing else than nostalgic value (and the fact that Sabrina had a new outfit to end every title sequence. I didn’t have to try hard to keep watching, though. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, was a great addition to ABC’s Friday night lineup – it had the perfect combination of real world drama and self-aware campiness. So let’s see where our favorite witch and her cohorts are now.
Sabrina Spellman – Melissa Joan HartMelissa Joan Hart was a star in her own right when she premiered in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as title character, Sabrina Spellman, who learned she was a witch on her 16th birthday. As she learns to manage her powers and manage being a high school student, wacky hijinks ensue. Melissa played title character Clarissa on Nickelodeon show, Clarissa Explains it All. Since the end of Sabrina, Melissa has starred in quite a few ABC Family movies, like Holiday in Handcuffs and My Fake Fiancé. She also played a role against type – guest starring in an episode of Law & Order: SVU as a teacher accused of statutory rape. She also appeared on season 9 of Dancing With the Stars, and was eliminated 6 weeks in. Today, you can find Melissa co-starring with fellow 1990s TV star, Joey Lawrence, on the ABC Family sitcom, Melissa & Joey. Or, if you live in Los Angeles, check out her candy store, SweetHarts – it’s in Sherman Oaks, on Ventura Blvd. at Woodman.
Hilda Spellman – Caroline RheaComedienne Caroline Rhea played the more flighty of Sabrina’s aunts, who were entrusted with her care and witchly education. She tended to make a mess of things, but was definitely the fun aunt, the one who I would want to spend an afternoon with. Since Sabrina, Rhea has been hosting tv shows (like the first couple seasons of The Biggest Loser) playing bit parts in Disney Channel shows (like Phineas and Ferb), and performing as a stand up.
Zelda Spellman – Beth BroderickBecause she bears, in my opinion, quite the resemblance to Patricia Clarkson, I think I’ve seen her in a lot of things since Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, but alas…Beth Broderick has been mainly making the guest star rounds on various TV shows like CSI: Miami, The Closer, and Castle.
Outside of acting, Broderick has been deeply involved in charity work – she was one of the founding members of Momentum, one of the first organizations in New York to help people with AIDS, and also of Celebrity Action Council of the City Light Women’s Rehabilitation Program at the Los Angeles Mission, a program that helps homeless women beat substance abuse and get back on their feet. That’s some real life magic right there.
Libby Chessler – Jenna Leigh GreenLibby Chessler was the girl you loved to hate – she was popular, snobby, and wanted to steal Sabrina’s boyfriend. And Jenna Leigh Green has had a fairly enviable career since the end of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. She played Nessarose and understudied Elphaba in the First American Tour of Wicked. Jenna then played Nessarose on Broadway! She has continued her work on stage, playing roles in The Who’s Tommy! and starring in ROCKLA’s Show at Barre, For the Record: Quentin Tarantino, in which she sang hit songs from Tarantino’s films. She has also had various guest starring roles, most recently in Bones.
Harvey Kinkle – Nate RichertHarvey Kinkle was a football star, and cute as all get out. I would have been happy if he were my boyfriend, so I definitely understood what Sabrina saw in him. Since Sabrina, Richert has been living in St. Paul, Minnesota, playing bluegrass music. You can check out his MySpace page and music at: http://www.myspace.com/naterichert.
Willard Kraft – Martin MullThough he played a great, evil assistant principal, in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, in my heart, Martin Mull will always be Colonel Mustard from cult classic Clue. Since, Sabrina, Mull’s career has been quiet, though he did play private investigator Gene Parmesan in another cult hit, Arrested Development. I hope he comes back for the movie!
Salem Saberhagen – Nick Bakay Salem was a 500 year old warlock who was turned into a cat as punishment for trying to take over the world. The Spellmans were entrusted with his care, and he always provided a great B plot and fun hijinks (including getting himself into awkward card games). Nick Bakay, the voice of Salem, is probably the most prolific cast member. He not only does voices (like for Norbert on the Nicktoon, The Angry Beavers, you guys remember that?!), but he writes and produces shows – notably King of Queens and ‘Til Death – and the surprise hit movie, Paul Blart: Mall Cop. But the most interesting feature of Bakay’s career? He writes a weekly column for NFL.com called “Nick Bakay’s Manly House of Football.”
This is the third installment in a “Where are they Now: TGIF Stars” series. For the other installments, click these links:
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