Monday, January 2, 2012

From out of the Recycling Bin: Super Witch (1977)

In 1977, The Archies moved from CBS to NBC after a year's break, during which time a live-action pilot had been produced for ABC by James Komack (Chico & The Man, Welcome Back, Kotter). Said pilot bombed out, and so the gang moved laterally across the dial again.

However, The Archie-Sabrina Hour, which introduced a new cast member in Carlos, a Latino teen, didn't click with viewers. It's not that hard to fathom why. The series was slotted opposite Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics on ABC, and was subsequently buried. Before the year was out, the one-hour format was scrapped, and the series split into two component parts, The Bang Shang Lallapalooza Show (Archie) & Super Witch, which, as you'll see, recycled parts of the open to Sabrina's 1971 solo series, but with a new theme song. The open also emphasizes Reggie Mantle's efforts to expose Sabrina's witchcraft to the rest of the gang. Heine71 uploaded the video:



NBC bade farewell to the Riverdale gang in the Spring of '78, and it would be more than a decade before they would return to Saturday mornings, albeit in a new incarnation, The New Archies, which we've previously reviewed. Since we already had reviewed Sabrina's 1971 show, there is no need to rate this over again.

2 comments:

magicdog said...

This used to be my alternative when a repeat of Laff-A-Lympics was running on ABC. Unfortunately, the networks canned it.

It was OK but the bit with Reggie trying to expose Sabrina just seemed like a retread of Mrs. Kravitz on "Bewitched". It bugged and even a little kid like me saw that a mile away.

hobbyfan said...

The bits with Reggie attempting to expose Sabrina were originally done back in the previous series. Sabrina got the "Super Witch" label as a means of trying to hook the superhero crowd, especially with Space/Young Sentinels rounding out what was a 90-minute Filmation block on NBC. I'm going to see if I can find an episode that ended up with Sabrina altering a pic of herself with the Goolies so that she's surrounded by multiple images of Reggie, just to get even with him and protect her secret.