That’s So Spinoff


On October 27, Raven-Symone made the dreams of an entire generation come true when she revealed that That’s So Raven would return after nearly ten years off the air. Symone also announced that she would be leaving The View before the end of 2016 to focus on starring in and serving as executive producer for the unnamed sequel.

I’ve been working internally with the Disney Company. I have a really big surprise you guys and I’m very excited. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the show, but I used to do this show called That’s So Raven and were doing a That’s So Raven Two,” said a visibly giddy Symone on The View.

That’s So Raven made its lead actress a household name and a prominent Disney superstar. The show aired from 2003 to 2007 and has gone on to become one of the most beloved Disney Channel shows ever. The impact of the television show was evident during its run. It was the highest rated Disney Channel show, the first to surpass 100 episodes, and put an African-American family at the center of their own Disney sitcom.

The original series revolved around the life of Raven Baxter, a teenage psychic living in San Francisco. Most episodes revolved around the hijinks which Raven’s powers got her into, usually involving ridiculous schemes and even more ridiculous costumes. Raven’s family and her best friends, Chelsea and Eddie, helped her navigate through her teen years and were the only ones aware of her special ability.

The show was comedic and aimed at children; however, there were several episodes dealing with important issues and life lessons such as racism and body positivity. It greatly emphasized the bonds between family and the importance of friendship.

ravenSymone stated that she has been collaborating with people from Disney, The View, and ABC Family in order to make sure the development process goes smoothly. Although many details have not been determined, Symone says the show’s plot will revolve around Baxter, now a single mother, and her preteen children, one of whom has inherited her mother’s psychic abilities. Disney will be scouting for talent to star in the series, which Symone is calling ‘That’s So Raven 2’ for now, soon.

Symone claimed that she does not yet know if other original cast members will be a part of the new series. Orlando Brown (“Eddie”) expressed interest in the reboot.

“When you say That’s So Raven 2, it’s a serious situation because we’ve got fans all around the world that love the whole cast,” said Brown. “I heard the storyline and it sounds great, her being a single mom and all that cool stuff.”

Making a spinoff for such an iconic show can be risky. Senior Omar Munoz, who watched the show growing up, commented, “Yeah, I’ve heard about the sequel. No, I will not be watching because you can never beat an original.”

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