Disney spins off Raven
Disney Channel is betting that “That’s So Raven,” its most successful series, can be the source of another winning show.
“Cory in the House,” the channel’s first series spinoff, will feature characters Cory and Victor Baxter from “That’s So Raven” and will be set in the White House, the channel said. A November premiere is planned.
“Raven” stars Kyle Massey and Rondell Sheridan will reprise their roles as the son and father, now adjusting to life in Washington after dad Victor is chosen as personal chef to the newly elected president, Richard Martinez.The role of President Martinez has yet to be cast.Living in the staff quarters of the White House with his father, teenager Cory has to contend with the antics of the president’s 8-year-old daughter and adjust to life at an exclusive Washington school.Marc Warren and Dennis Rinsler, executive producers for “That’s So Raven,” are in charge of “Cory in the House.”“That’s So Raven,” which debuted in 2003 and stars actress-singer Raven-Symone (“The Cosby Show”), has wrapped production but will continue to air new episodes in which Raven pursues her dream of becoming a fashion designer.The series was the channel’s most-watched and had the most episodes produced, 100. It also spawned a merchandising wave of DVDs, video games, clothing, dolls and books.Raven-Symone, who begins a concert tour next week, just completed filming on the Disney Channel movie “The Cheetah Girls 2,” about four friends aspiring to be pop stars. The TV movie will debut in August.