Disney Channel has ordered Raven's Home, the That's So Raven spin-off, continuing the story of the award-winning family comedy that resonated with kids, tweens and families around the world. Production on the multicamera series is set to begin this month in Los Angeles for a scheduled premiere in 2017. Starring are the previously announced Raven-Symone and Anneliese van der Pol, who will reprise their roles as best friends Raven Baxter and Chelsea Daniels.
Issac Brown (black-ish, Miles from Tomorrowland) and Navia Robinson (Being Mary Jane) have been cast as Raven's 11-year-old twins Booker and Nia, respectively, and Jason Maybaum (Superstore) will play Chelsea's nine-year-old son Levi. Sky Katz (America's Got Talent) also joins the cast as Nia's best friend Tess. Here's what Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide had to say in his statement about the Disney spin-off.
"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."
Geared toward kids 6-14 and their families, the series will pick up with Raven and Chelsea, 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. As previously announced, Raven-Symone will serve as an executive producer on Raven's Home. 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) will also executive produce.
Nearly 10 years after airing its final episode, That's So Raven still delivered a robust 1.057 million Total Viewers for its midnight telecasts on Disney Channel in 2016. Raven-Symone won four NAACP Image Awards for her role and two Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, among others. The series was lauded by the NAACP Image Awards for four consecutive years and received a primetime Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Children's Program category. Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family-inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series, movies and short-form. Currently available on basic cable and satellite in over 92 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney ABC Television Group. Disney Channel-branded content spans television, online, mobile, VOD platforms and the Disney Channel App. Disney Channels Worldwide is a global portfolio of 120 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels and/or channel feeds available in 162 countries/territories, in 34 languages.