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That's So Raven aired from January 2003 until November 2007 on The Disney Channel.
Raven Baxter( Raven ) was a bright hyperactive teenager who had visions-flashes of the future, as it were-in this slapstick sitcom set in San Francisco. Trouble was, she would sometimes see only part of some future family event, misinterpret it and send her family and friends off on a wild goose chase trying to fix things before they happened. Tonya ( ( T'Keyah Crystal Keymah) was Raven's sensible mother, Victor ( Rondell Sheridan), her goofy dad, a chef, and Cory ( Kyle Orlando Massey), her annoying little brother, a chubby operator. Among her friends were Eddie ( Orlando Brown), a lazy goofball who was a starting guard on the Bayside school basketball team, and Chelsea ( Anneliese van der Pol), a dense friend. Together they had silly little adventures, patching up misunderstandings, getting along with other kids and such. The show relied heavily on bright colors ( even the walls of her house were red and purple), pratfalls and sight gags, and in some ways resembled a cross between a cartoon and a modern teen version of I Love Lucy.
Late in 2003 Victor opened his own restaurant, The Chill Grill, which became a popular teen hangout. Raven dated various boys, most frequently Devon Carter ( Lil J), and by 2006 had gone to work for designer Donna Cabonna ( Anne Marie Johnson). That's So Raven was extended beyond Disney's usual limit of 65 episodes, but ended in 2007 to make way for a spin-off, Cory in the House.
Theme Song Lyrics
If you can gaze into the future (future)
You might think live would be a breeze (Life is a breeze)
Seeing trouble from a distance (yeah) (go rae)
But it's not that easy (oh no)
I try to save the situation
Then I end up misbehaving
What ya say, now
'bout to put it down
Yeah you want to ride with the Rae now
And the Future looks great, now
And everything's gonna change, now
Here we go
That's so Raven,
It's the future I can see
That's so Raven,
It's so mysterious to me
That's so Raven,
It's the future I can see
That's so Raven,
It's so mysterious to me
A Review from Variety
Filmed in Los Angeles by Brookwell McNamara Entertainment in association with Disney Channel. Executive producers, David Brookwell, Sean McNamara, Dennis Rinsler, Marc Warren; producer, Walter Barnett; writers, Bob Keyes, Doug Keyes; director Lee Shallat Chemel.
Raven Baxter - Raven
Eddie Thomas - Orlando Brown
Cory Baxter - Kyle Orlando Massey
Chelsea Daniels - Anneliese van der Pol
Tonya Baxter - T'Keyah Crystal Keymah
Victor Baxter - Rondell Sheridan
The monomonikered Raven, star of Disney Channel's latest original series for teens, doesn't need her own cartoon counterpart like "Lizzie McGuire." Raven, formerly Raven-Symone of "The Cosby Show," is animated enough as it is.
In the farcical "That's so Raven," the diva in training stars as a 15-year-old psychic who handles the knowledge of the future with the sophistication and grace of Lucy Ricardo. If there's a way to solve a problem sensibly, Raven heads straight for silly and turns left at outrageous. And as far as slapstick physical comedy goes, Raven the actress is up to the task.
The laughs are geared to a less than sophisticated audience; for younger viewers, it's a nice escape that's devoid of innuendo and harsh reality.
Helping the show considerably is a cast consisting of T'Keyah Crystal Keymah of "In Living Color" and comedian Rondell Sheridan as Tonya and Victor Baxter, Raven's put-upon parents. Keymah and Sheridan deftly toe the line between fun and functional -- they're wacky and they still come off as respected.
Tonya and Victor's parenting skills are often put to the test with, alongside Raven, the precocious 10-year-old Cory (Kyle Orlando Massey). And whether her best intentions are trying not to ruin her brother's birthday party or keeping her friends Eddie (Orlando Brown) and Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) out of trouble, they usually go awry.
For the most part, this is all rather harmless. Unfortunately the premiere features a bit where Raven tries to fool a teacher by dressing up as a parent, and the result is an uncomfortable and slightly offensive sight gag that just doesn't fly.
For the most part, writers Bob and Doug Keyes display sharp instincts for making teens laugh without relying on the usual arsenal of bathroom jokes and gross-out gags. But because it's Disney, there's always the requisite aw shucks moment when the lesson of the day is quickly condensed at the end and played out in a forced, heartfelt moment.
A Review from The New York Times
FOR YOUNG VIEWERS; Visions of Peril Dance in Her Head (but It's a Secret)
By SUZANNE MACNEILLE
Published: January 12, 2003
She used to be known as Raven-Symone, the tiny child actress who played the spirited Olivia on ''The Cosby Show.'' That gig ended almost 11 years ago. Now she is simply Raven, and at 17, with a couple of pop music CD's and several television and movie appearances behind her, she is the star of a new half-hour sitcom. ''That's So Raven,'' created for a 6- to 14-year-old audience, will have its premiere on Disney Channel in four back-to-back episodes on Friday at 7 p.m.
On the surface, the fictional Raven Baxter is a normal teenager -- a bit more gregarious than some, perhaps, and a lot more self-assured than most -- but, loosely speaking, normal. There is, however, one thing that sets Raven firmly apart from the other kids at the high school she attends in San Francisco, and it's not her prodigious collection of flashy, rainbow-hued jackets. Raven, it seems, has premonitions. They come in split-second assaults at the most inopportune times -- in the middle of a nasty argument with her social studies teacher, for instance, or during a smug display of superiority over her 10-year-old brother, Cory (played by Kyle Orlando Massey), who happens to be something of a smart-aleck himself.
''Her visions give her a real mysteriousness. They are the one thing that makes her humble,'' said Raven, who, in a recent telephone interview, was as talkative and insightful as her television persona. ''Raven doesn't want just anyone to know about her visions. She's afraid people will think she's a freak.''
The people who do know include her wise, even-tempered mother (T'Keyah Crystal Keymeh) and her father, a bumbling chef (Rondell Sheridan). Her two best friends -- Eddie (Orlando Brown) and Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) -- are also around to help or hinder Raven as she struggles to thwart the threats of failed Spanish tests, seething sibling hatred and other perils foretold in her visions.
This is Raven's first leading role, and Disney Channel executives have other plans for her, including a major part in ''The Cheetah Girls,'' an original movie based on the books by Deborah Gregory that will have its premiere later this year. She is also the voice of Monique in Disney's animated series ''Kim Possible.''
Gary Marsh, executive vice president for original programming and production at Disney Channel, is particularly enthusiastic about Raven's role as Raven Baxter. ''She has all the comedic instincts of Lucille Ball,'' he said recently. ''She was, after all, schooled at the knee of Bill Cosby.''
But the most important thing she learned from ''The Cosby Show,'' Raven said, was not technique but ''how to have fun when you do your work.''
''It's really not a challenge for me to be funny all the time,'' she said. ''That's how I like to be normally,'' she said.
There have been a few rough spots on the set: she burst into tears when she had to drape a boa constrictor around her neck in one episode. (''The sick faces I'm making are for real,'' she said.) And she occasionally has a hard time controlling hysterical laughing fits when she finds something in the script that's ''just too funny.''
Perhaps most challenging of all, though, is having to balance school and work. ''I take school when I get it,'' said Raven, who is a home-schooled high school senior who lives with her parents in both Atlanta and Los Angeles. ''With this show, one minute I'm on the set, one minute I'm studying the War of 1812.'' But, she said, ''school is important to me -- I want to go to college.'' She doesn't know what she wants to major in, she adds, but it definitely won't be acting.
No matter what she does, Raven said that in some ways she'll always be a Cosby kid. ''But,'' she said, ''the Cosby kid is older. She can do a lot more now.'' Suzanne MacNeille
An Article from USA TODAY
Published on August 28, 2003
That Raven, she's so busy
By Cesar G. Soriano, USA TODAY
It's not every day that you become the tween queen of television.
"It's crazy! I love it. I'm really enjoying myself, so it's cool," says Raven, the 17-year-old star of the Disney Channel comedy That's So Raven.
With the departure of Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff, the actress formerly known as Raven-Symone is now the top cheese at the kids' cable network. And Raven is spreading her wings:
The Cheetah Girls, a Disney original movie starring Raven as a singer in an all-girl band, premiered Aug. 15 with some of the best ratings ever for the network. The musical is in reruns.
That's SoRaven, about a girl who can see into the future just enough to get her into trouble, is now filming its second season. It's one of the highest-rated shows among "tween" viewers, ages 9 to 14. The show airs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT, with new episodes premiering Oct. 3. On Sept. 20, Disney-owned ABC will begin airing Raven reruns on its Saturday lineup at 10:30 a.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT.
Raven will soon begin filming her first starring role in a feature film, Disney's All-American Girl. She also has been cast in the lead role for a Warner Bros. remake of Sparkle, about a Supremes-like group of singing sisters.
The singer/actress, who recorded her first album at age 5, will release a new album next year on Disney's Buena Vista records. She also sings the Raven theme song, contributes to the show's upcoming soundtrack and performs on the Cheetah Girls soundtrack.
On Sept. 7, Raven will perform the national anthem at the White House for the "Tee Ball on the South Lawn" game and picnic hosted by President Bush and his wife, Laura.
The Atlanta native has been acting since she was in diapers. Before now, she was best known as the precocious 3-year-old Olivia on Bill Cosby's show, a role she barely remembers. "It's so foggy. But I do remember the smells, how the set smelled, how Mr. Cosby smelled."
After that came roles on Hangin' With Mr. Cooper and two Dr. Dolittle movies.
Raven also shares a bit of TV history. With the January premiere of That's So Raven, she became one of the few African-American actress to have her real name in a show title. That, along with the show's physical slapstick style of comedy, has led to media comparisons with I Love Lucy star Lucille Ball.
"I'm honored to be in that category. Wow. I can kind of see it, but that's a BIG name. When I'm acting, I try not to think about it. I'm just trying to be me.
"Hopefully everybody enjoys my work. Hopefully I'll stay grounded, and hopefully it doesn't backfire," says Raven. "If I did change, my family and friends would kick my butt!"
With Hollywood calling, she juggles reading movie scripts with reading textbooks. The home-schooled student graduates from high school next month. The accomplished cook would like to attend culinary school someday. And she still tries to maintain some semblance of a normal teenager's life.
"When I'm back in Atlanta with my friends, we shop, we chill, we flirt," says Raven. She declines to say whom she's flirting with. "Oh, that's personal. I have to keep something to myself!"
An Article from Entertainment Weekly
Published on October 17, 2003
The New Tween Queen
Why new Disney icon Raven is not Lizzie McGuire. Former ''Cosby'' show-stealer asserts her own sassy style as the Mouse's latest It Girl
By Nicholas Fonseca
The woman sitting across the table has a hit show on the Disney Channel, a singing voice worthy of an album deal, a couple of film roles lined up, throngs of fans who mob her when she's shopping on Rodeo Drive, and a wide, disarming smile. But her 10,000-watt sparkler begins to fade -- ever so slightly -- when it's mentioned that her resume reads a lot like that of corporate sibling Hilary Duff.
''I've been [working] since I was 3!'' protests Raven (a.k.a. ex-''Cosby'' kid Raven-Symone). ''I don't mind if I go down the same path as Hilary.... How much did her movie make? How many albums did she sell? She's the GIRL right now. But I'm gonna be the next Raven.''
Well, you can't blame us for asking. Since its premiere in January, her sitcom ''That's So Raven'' -- she stars as a pratfall-prone, psychic high schooler who's an amalgam of Lucy Ricardo, Sandra Clark, and D.J. Tanner -- has become a multiculti touchstone for Disney, drawing 1.9 million viewers a week and tying Duff's heavily hyped ''Lizzie McGuire.'' In August, Raven's TV movie ''The Cheetah Girls'' also grabbed great ratings, and spawned a soundtrack. ''She reminds me of Bea, Gilda, and Carol,'' says Disney Channel entertainment prez Rich Ross. (That's Arthur, Radner, and Burnett for those of you under 25.) ''Raven's in their league. She's fearless.'' With signature poise -- the kind that only comes from being a showbiz vet at the edge of 18 -- Raven shrugs off the accolades: ''I'm very comfortable with what I do. I like entertaining people and making them laugh.''
Since last spring's falling-out between Duff's parents and Disney, the network seems to have groomed Raven as its next It Girl. '''Lizzie' was on for a year and a half before it exploded,'' notes Ross. '''Raven' was on for six months. We expect her to be a big star for this company.'' Her quick rise may herald a new era at the network, one with a curvy, sassy black girl as its poster child. And just because she's a convert to the Zone Diet, don't expect her to go all Lara Flynn Boyle on us. ''If there was any talk about me changing something about myself,'' she says, ''folks would quickly learn that we only do it our way.''
So far, her way has worked well: In 1989, at the age of 3, she landed on ''The Cosby Show'' as Lisa Bonet's precocious stepdaughter, stealing scenes from her more seasoned costars. By 7, she'd recorded a solo album, and followed that up with another TV role (''Hangin' With Mr. Cooper''); at 13, she opened for 'N Sync. For imbuing her with such tenacity, she can thank her parents: manager Chris Pearman and mom Lydia (a Mary J. Blige look-alike who rushes in halfway through breakfast to inform her only daughter that she wasn't able to bring her Zone meal).
Raven seems aware of -- but unfazed by -- her talents, crediting her mentors on the ''Cosby'' set, a training (play)ground where she honed her nimble comedic timing. ''It soaked into me,'' she says. (Asked if she keeps in contact with Cosby, Raven sits upright and appears to strain for diplomacy. ''Umm...Bill's very busy.'' She giggles, and Mom pipes in: ''The advice that Bill gave Raven -- whether she talks to him or not -- will last the rest of her life.'')
Buoyed by her sitcom's success, Raven will soon record her third album, and she's set to star in Warner Bros.' remake of the 1976 musical drama ''Sparkle'' (about a Supremes-ish group consisting of sisters) and an adaptation of ''The Princess Diaries'' author Meg Cabot's ''All-American Girl'' (a part, it should be noted, that's written as a redhead). For her album, Raven envisions ''a different, uh, plethora of producers!'' incorporating hip-hop, alternative, and neo-soul. ''I listen to everything from Jay-Z to Bjork to Avril Lavigne to Mary J. Blige.'' As for the movies, which she'll probably film during ''Raven'''s upcoming hiatus, she insists she'll watch the original ''Sparkle'' only once. ''Just to make sure I'm on the right track,'' she explains. ''I don't want to follow in anybody else's footsteps.'' Okay, you got it: no more Lizzie talk.
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