That’s so Raven Reboot, without Orlando Brown

Is it long overdue or much too late?

That’s so Raven is seeking a reboot to end a 10-year hiatus. Who didn’t love the original That’s So Raven airing on Disney from 2003 to 2007, where Raven-Symoné starred as the teenage psychic Raven Baxter.  Through four seasons the show took viewers on a journey with Raven along with her best friends Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) and Eddie (Orlando Brown). 

One question this reboot brings is whether or not fans want to see the new Symoné reprise the role fans fell in love with when the old Raven-Symoné assumed the role. Fans have seen a different side of Symoné the past decade since the show has been off air.

As a host on ABC’s The View Symoné expressed strong opinions that may have not went well with her fan base, one being her statement that she would not hire an applicant if they had a “ghetto name.” With her coming out the closet some family’s with traditional values may be concerned with having their young children watch the reboot.

 One thing that is certain is Symoné left The View last fall to work on the reboot.

The untitled sequel to That’s So Raven will feature Raven Baxter as a single mother raising two children where she discovers one has visions, says Symoné who is also serving as the reboot’s executive producer. Her former co-star van der Pol will be uniting with Symoné to reprise her role as Chelsea. One person that didn’t make the cut was Brown, who has had his share of legal troubles the past few years mixed up in DUIs and charges for allegedly striking his girlfriend.

It was a business decision Brown, who has a tattoo of the shows cast on his wrist, told TMZ about his casting snub; and he’s still supportive of the reboot and Symoné, he says. In an interview in 2016 Brown publicly shared bits of his relationship with Symoné and said after their relationship is when she changed her sexual preference. The provocative interview may have led to the recasting of his role. Just the year before, summer 2015, Symoné, van der Pol and Brown reunited on The View talking about how they get together every week to watch old episodes of That’s so Raven.

They also explained why the original show was such a phenomenon, in addition to having a talented cast and crew.

“We captured stories that were touching to the people that were watching us, so we talked about topics in a funny slash serious way that they could relate to. When you could relate to something more and more people talked about it,” Symoné said during the reunion.

It is still a wonder how the reboot will turn out but with the same formula and if everything falls into place it could be a hit like the original.

By Gino Terrell


Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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