Disney Channel continues to mine its hits of yesterday for new series as it has just ordered That’s So Raven spinoff RAVEN’S HOME. The series will star Raven-Symone, Annelise Van Der Pol, Issac Brown, Navia Robinson, Jason Maybaum, and Sky Katz. It will premiere later this year.
“There is only one Raven – and for over 25 years, she has blessed audiences around the world with the greatest gift of all – the pure, unadulterated joy of laugh-out-loud funny. After being a part of over 20 different Disney projects, we are thrilled to be bringing Raven home to Disney Channel once again,” said president and chief creative officer, Gary Marsh.
Raven-Symone and Van Der Pol reprise their roles as best friends Raven Baxter and Chelsea Daniels in the spinoff, which picks up with the pair who are now divorced, single mothers raising their two separate families in one chaotic, but fun household full of friends. When one of Raven’s kids begins to show signs that they have inherited her trait of catching glimpses of the future, the already hectic household gets turned upside down, keeping even Raven on her toes.
Brown and Robinson will play Booker and Nia, Raven’s 11-year-old twins, while Maybaum has been cast as Chelsea’s nine-year-old son, Levi. Katz will play Nia’s best friend, Tess.
Raven-Symone executive produces with Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff who co-created the series and act as showrunners. Thomas is also a Launch Pad alum, whose book Kill Creek was was one of the winners of the inaugural Launch Pad Manuscript Competition. His script Violet was recently one of the winners the Launch Pad Feature Competition and was picked up by Vertigo Entertainment.
The original series premiered in 2003 and was a huge hit that ran for four seasons and 100 episodes. That’s So Raven was the first series to feature an African American woman’s name in the series title and Raven-Symone won four NAACP Image Awards for her work.
This order follows the recent cancellation of Girl Meets World, a spinoff of the 90s sitcom Boy Meets World, which continued the story of Cory and Topanga Matthews through their daughter Riley and her best friend Maya. The series had a devoted following but failed to reach the same level as the original’s success.
Emily J | TV Editor