Raven-Symoné, who just announced she will be leaving The View, is staying in the Disney family with a That’s So Raven sequel for the Disney Channel. She is relocating from New York, where The View is taped, back to Los Angeles to work on the family sitcom, which is beginning preliminary casting.
Raven will reprise her title role of Raven Baxter in the offshoot, which she also will executive produce. On the new show, Raven is a divorced mother to two pre-teen kids (a son and daughter), one of whom has inherited her ability to catch glimpses of the future. The pilot is being written/executive produced by longtime writing/producing partners Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff (Disney Channel’s Best Friends Whenever).
“Raven’s brilliant style of fearless comedy was a driving force for Disney Channel’s success around the world. Her performance in That’s So Raven is timeless,” said Adam Bonnett, EVP Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide. “We now have our eyes on the future with her, and we’re looking forward to telling more stories for a new generation with an adult Raven Baxter raising her young family.”
This is the same strategy Disney Channel used to successfully reboot the popular TGIF sitcom Boy Meets World with a sequel series, Girl Meets World, in which the title character from the original series now has kids of his own.
That’s So Raven, Disney Channel’s first original multi-camera sitcom, told the story of Raven Baxter, a teen whose ability to glimpse flashes of the future often got her into hot water. It was a breakout hit for the network, setting ratings records with its January 2003 premiere, and ran for four seasons and 100 episodes.
Like Boys Meets World and another recently rebooted ABC sitcom, Full House, That’s So Raven’s repeats have remained popular after the show’s end. Its most recent midnight telecasts on Disney Channel delivered on average 1.057 million total viewers from January-April 2016.
That’s So Raven broke new ground, with Raven becoming the first African-American woman to have her name in a comedy series title. At age 19, she also was named producer on the series. With That’s So Raven, she won four NAACP Image Awards and two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, among others. Additionally, Raven toplined the ABC Family comedy series State Of Georgia.