Raven Baxter is back, y'all!
Raven-Symone is taking Disney Channel by storm one vision at a time, of course. The new series Raven's Home is a spin-off from the original show, That's So Raven. It's about to bring a whole new generation of people to the fandom and we can hardly wait. While lots of the original series regulars won't be hanging out this time around, one, in particular, will be. Obviously, it's Chelsea Daniels – played by Anneliese van der Pol – Raven's best friend.
But, there are lots of changes to Raven's Home and we thought you should be caught up on everything we know so far before the premiere.
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The first episode airs on Disney Channel at 9/8 Central on July 21st. It will follow the premiere of Descendants 2 at 8/7 Central!
Raven-Symoné will star as Raven Baxter and Anneliese will be back playing her bestie Chelsea Daniels. Now that Raven is all grown up she has kids of her own. Their names are Booker and Nia played by Isaac Brown and Navia Robinson respectively. Chelsea has a son as well and his name is Levi played by Jason Maybaum. Of course, you always need a next door neighbor! Her name is Tess played by Sky Katz.
Nope! She actually is divorced but there's a plot twist. Remember her boyfriend Devon Carter way back when? He is actually the father of her two kids! The actor who played Devon, Jonathan McDaniel, will reprise his role as Devon in Raven's Home though, so there's a good chance we'll see this former couple on-screen together. There's no telling if these two will end up back together though but our fingers are crossed!
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But as Raven said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the show is going to focus on this super unique family and seeing Ray and Chelsea back in action as parents you know is going to bring all the laughs.
"We are helping each other co-parent, so you can only imagine what that’s like with Raven and Chelsea being authoritative," Raven said. "The show is based on how you can have a family in an untraditional sense. Just because you don’t have a mother and a father in the home doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthy, happy family. It’s something comprehensive and true to life and many people go through on an everyday basis."
The theme song actually JUST came out and it's been stuck in our heads all day long. The promo video along with the theme song features the entire main cast and gives viewers a glimpse at the shenanigans that are about to come.
Yes! Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, said, "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."
Raven feels the exact same way too.
"It means everything to me, being able to come back with a different view on life. I can show people who I’ve become as a woman," Raven said to EW. "I really don’t have to worry about anything when I play her. She’s just fun. When I’m off set, I have to be me and worry about this and this and this. But [when I play] her, I can let all my inhibitions go, and let myself free."
Her son Booker can see the future! But her daughter Nia, can't. Raven explained we're going to see just how Booker adjusts to life with these visions. This is something that in the first series, we didn't get to see with Raven since she already had her powers and was well-established with them.
"What you actually see in the show, which I find interesting, is what it’s like having your first vision. So when he first gets them he’s kind of uneasy and doesn’t know what’s going on. We didn’t get to see that in That’s So Raven," Raven said. "Raven knows Nia is self-sufficient. She’s strong and knows what’s going on. As of now, Booker is dealing with this psychic power as he tries to understand it and struggles with it. He’s a mama’s boy, but he has a responsibility now."
Any That's So Raven fan knows that Raven Baxter's heart always was with fashion and being a designer is what she strived for. And she always had such unique outfits! So did it all work out? Well, Raven wouldn't say exactly what her character does for a living now, but she is involved with fashion in some way.
"Raven’s still in fashion. She has a very interesting job, which will be revealed as the season goes on. Her true passion has always been in clothing and you can see it in the way her style has changed," the actress dished.
Yes, there is and it will get you super excited! Literally, so much nostalgia I could cry.
How pumped are you?! This is legitimately EVERYTHING. Raven is freaking back and we're not over it. Clearly.
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This post was originally published on July 12, 2017 and has since been updated.