Raven-Symoné has announced that she will be leaving The View by year’s end to develop a spinoff of her comedy series “That’s So Raven” for Disney Channel, Variety has learned.
Raven will leave NYC and move back to L.A. or the spinoff, in which she’s set to star and serve as an executive producer. She will reprise her role as the psychic Raven Baxter, who was last seen as a teenager on the show that ran on Disney Channel from 2003 to 2007.
According to Variety.com
Symone’s departure comes as “The View” has made an effort to focus more on national politics given the extraordinary course of the presidential race. Brought on in 2015 the be the show’s millennial voice, politics have never been Symoné’s forte, so she’s gotten less screen time while other contributors such as Jedediah Bila and Sunny Hostin have been more prominent. On the untitled “That’s So Raven” spinoff, Symoné’s Raven is now a divorced mother of two pre-teen kids, one of whom has inherited her ability to catch glimpses of the future.
The “That’s So Raven” spinoff is being developed by writing and producing partners Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff, who most recently created Disney Channel’s “Best Friends Whenever.”
That’s a moneymaker so maybe that’s a good move. Her personality belongs behind the scenes. Way, way, behind the scenes.