That’s So Raven Spin-off Series
That’s So Raven is getting a spin-off on the Disney Channel! Many 90’s babies remember the show or recognize the title as one of the biggest hits of their childhood. The Disney Channel has become a network watched in the past for most millennials. Star of the show, Raven-Symoné announced the big news on The View, a show in which she co-hosts. Besides co-hosting The View, Symoné has been seen on the television screen in several different appearances since That’s So Raven. She has appeared on shows such as Black-ish, Empire, and will be appearing on an upcoming show called Animal Crackers in 2017. Symoné keeps busy on many television projects and her fans never know what she is up to next. She will be leaving one her of her most recent shows, The View, to work on what she refers to as “That’s So Raven 2.”
The original That’s So Raven ran on Disney Channel from 2003 to 2007. That’s So Raven was a teen sitcom about Raven Baxter, a physic teen whose dramatic responses to her visions got her into sticky situations. Her two best friends Eddie (Orlando Brown) and Chelsey (Anneliese van der Pool) were always there to help her get out of these situations, while sometimes causing more chaos. Her parents attempted to be the “cool parents” by allowing her flights of fancy, but were always there to keep her grounded. Cory (Kyle Massey), Raven’s little brother, managed to get himself into his own sticky situations on the show. He was an annoyance to his big sister, but when needed, the two were always there for each other. Massey even had his own spin-off show called Cory in the House in 2007.
The untitled That’s So Raven spinoff will be in production in early 2017. Symoné will be an executive producer of the show alongside writer-producers Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff. E! News reports Symoné will reprise her role as Raven Baxter, who is now a divorced mother of two children – a daughter named Nia, and a son named Booker. Nia will be a bold, confident, and driven middle schooler who will inherit Raven’s psychic abilities making her middle school life extraordinary. Nia’s visions and desires to help others will get her into sticky situations just as they did her mother. Booker is described as an “unapologetic mama’s boy.” It has not been confirmed if any of the original cast members will be a part of the show besides Symoné.
At one time, That’s So Raven was the highest-rated original TV show on Disney Channel. The network had a 65 episode limit rule, but That’s So Raven had such great ratings that Disney allowed the show to keep running past the 65th episode, making it Disney’s first series to hit 100 episodes. Since then, its record has been surpassed by Wizards of Waverly Place. Symoné was the first African-American to have her name in a comedy series title, and at age 19 she even became one of the producers of That’s So Raven. She has won four NAACP Image Awards and two Nickelodeon Awards, among others from the show.
Since the original series was such a great success, it’s no wonder that they are bringing it back to Disney Channel. Hopefully, the spin-off will have just as much success, if not more, and fans will be able to enjoy the new series just as much as they did the old one.