The departure of Caroline Rhea from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch has given producers an excuse to revamp the aging WB comedy. Though the already-wrapped season finale only accounts for the departure of Rhea who's replacing talk show host Rosie O'Donnell next season a newly-appointed showrunner has decided to make other castmembers disappear as well: Beth Broderick (Aunt Zelda), David Lascher (Josh) and Trevor Lissauer (Miles) will all be gone next season.
"We didn't know about [Beth and David] until after we shot the season finale, so I think we might need to deal with that in an episode at the beginning of next season," series star-producer Melissa Joan Hart tells TV Guide Online. In place of Sabrina's aunties, Hart who directed the wedding episode swan-song of Rhea's Aunt Hilda is hoping Barbara Eden will reprise her role as Spellman clan matriarch Great Aunt Irma.
"I would like for her to be more of my parental figure," says Hart, "but I think we're actually going to focus more on Soleil [Moon Frye] and me like Laverne & Shirley."
Just as long as they don't rename Salem as Boo-Boo Kitty.