Back in its early 2000s heyday, That’s So Raven enjoyed a favorable four-year run, setting ratings records with its January 2003 premiere and continuing strong until its 2007 finale. Now, Disney has officially given a spinoff a green light. The multi-cam series, titled Raven’s Home, will pick up with Raven and Chelsea, who find themselves as divorced single mothers raising their two separate families under one big roof.
The original Disney sitcom starred Raven-Symoné as the titular lead character, a psychic teen balancing friends, family, and her fashion design dreams in San Francisco. It also featured Orlando Brown and Anneliese van der Pol as Eddie and Chelsea, Raven’s best friends, and Kyle Massey as Cory, her younger brother. The new series will follow the first one closely, as one of Raven’s kids begins to show signs that they’ve inherited her psychic abilities, effectively flipping an already chaotic household upside down.
Last year, after nearly a decade off air, news broke that a spinoff was in the works with Symoné and van der Pol attached to reprise their roles. Symoné was also set to double as an executive producer, and she announced at the time that she was leaving her then-spot on The View to work on the project. As reported by Deadline, production is slated to begin this month in Los Angeles for a scheduled premiere later this year
Rounding out the cast are Issac Brown (black-ish, Miles from Tomorrowland) and Navia Robinson (Being Mary Jane) as Raven’s 11-year-old twins Booker and Nia; Jason Maybaum (Superstore) as Chelsea’s nine-year-old son Levi; and Sky Katz (America’s Got Talent) as Nia’s best friend Tess. As previously reported, longtime writer-producer team Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff (Best Friends Whenever) will also executive produce.
Raven’s Home joins a string of recently revived family shows, including Netflix’s Fuller House and Disney’s Girl Meets World, spinoffs from ’90s favorites Full House and Boy Meets World, respectively. Both series similarly follow their now-adult characters as they navigate their own family lives, and for the most part, they’ve been met with widespread success. Fuller House is reportedly one of Netflix’s biggest hits, and though Girl Meets World was canceled earlier this year, it had a solid three seasons.
It’s difficult to say if That’s So Raven carries the same cult status, but it was an entertaining, laugh-out-loud comedy nonetheless. Whether or not its former fans tune in, Raven’s Home shouldn’t have any trouble finding a fresh, young audience.
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