Disney Channel Sees Future in Spin-Off of ‘That’s So Raven’
Disney Channel and Raven-Symoné are developing and beginning preliminary casting for a family sitcom that will continue the story of her character from the iconic series “That’s So Raven” for a new generation of kids, tweens and families. Raven will both executive produce and reprise her role of the fan-favorite character Raven Baxter. Longtime writer/producer partners Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff (Disney Channel’s “Best Friends Whenever,” Emmy nominees for “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”) are working on the development of the untitled spin-off series.
As the pilot story goes, Raven is now 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.
Adam Bonnett, executive vice president, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “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. 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.”
Disney Channel’s first original multi-camera production, “That’s So Raven” told the story of Raven Baxter, a teen whose ability to glimpse flashes of the future often got her into hot water. It was acclaimed for its stories that reflected the importance of parents to kids’ lives and for showcasing Raven’s own brand of physical comedy. “That’s So Raven” was an immediate hit with its January 2003 premiere posting the highest ratings ever in Households, Kids 6-11, Tweens and Boys 6-11 for a Disney Channel original series at the time. It went on to be a cable industry leader among Tweens for years.
In its most recent midnight telecasts on Disney Channel, the series still delivered on average 1.057 million Total Viewers.* (Disney)