The View will soon be on the lookout for another co-host.
Following chatter in May that Raven-Symone would be the next panelist to depart from this morning program, The Disney Channel has come out and turned this rumor into a reality.
Yes, The Disney Channel. Allow us to explain why...
The network surprised television fans on Thursday when it confirmed that it has commissioned a sequel series to That’s So Raven, the 2003-2007 sitcom starred the aforementioned Raven-Symone.
The actress, who joined The View in 2014 and who has been a mostly welcome presence on the series, will therefore exit the show at some point in the near future.
Why can't she simply do both?
Because The View films in New York and That's So Raven will shoot in Los Angeles.
According to Deadline, the revived series will find Raven Baxter as divorced mother of two pre-teen chilcren (a son and daughter), one of whom has inherited her psychic abilities.
Oh, right: we forgot to mention that the main character is psychic.
The pilot will be penned by Scott Thomas and Jed Eilnoff, who currently serve as Executive Producers on Disney Channel’s Best Friends Whenever.
Casting for all non-Raven roles is underway.
“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,” said Adam Bonnett, Disney Channel’s EVP Original Programming, said in a statement.
“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.”
The Disney Channel, of course, garnered a lot of attention for recently creating Girl Meets World, which was a spinoff of Boy Meets World.
There's also Fuller House over on Netflix, which is a spinoff of Full House.
Bringing back old TV shows in updates formats is sort of all the rage these days.
We'll miss Raven-Symone on The View.
She was never afraid to speak her mind and she owned the best facial expressions in the history of this long-running program.
Just check out the above clip to see what we mean.
The actress, meanwhile, gushed over the untitled sequel series this morning on The View.
She announced her farewell by saying she was "super excited" to take on the role of Raven Baxter again, explaining the concept of the series to an enthusiastic studio audience.
Will you be tuning in for the That's So Raven sequel?