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“That’s So Raven” Spin Off & Viola Davis’ New Sitcom 60s Flashback: Black Hollywood Wrap Up




by TRN Staff

download-5“That’s So Raven” Spin-off  Long before she was seeing current hot topics as one of the hosts on “The View”, Raven-Symone was gazing into the future as a psychic teen in her sit-com “That’s So Raven”.  It’s been almost ten years since the Emmy Award nominated children’s program pulled the plug on the high jinks of Raven Baxter and her sidekicks Eddie (Orlando Brown) and Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol), but it looks like Disney is ready to walk down memory lane with a “That’s So Raven” spin-off.  Symone announced on “The View” that she’s leaving the daytime talk show to go back to star in and executive produce the new spin-off series.  The new show is currently working without a title, but the plot finds now divorced Raven raising her own two teens.  Of course, one of them has inherited their Mom’s supernatural gene and can see into the future. The spin off is currently casting and no word on when the “That’s So Raven” spin-off will premiere.

download-4Ice Cube Straight Outta “Oliver Twist”  After his massive hit as producer behind “Straight Outta Compton”, Ice Cube is ready to tackle another Hollywood production this time in the form of a contemporary take on a classic Charles Dickens story.  Ice Cube is partnering up with the director behind the Broadway monster hit musical “Hamilton” to create a movie musical based on  the story of “Oliver Twist”.  Cube Vision is handling the production and Ice Cube will also star in the musical as Fagin–the leader  who turns young orphans into a gang of pickpockets. Ice Cube’s string of successes include the aforementioned “Straight Outta Compton” and the popular  “Barbershop” franchise and “Ride Along” movies. Ice Cube is hoping he can add this latest endeavor to his hits list by finding a way to make the 1837 story relatable to today’s audiences.

imagesViola Davis’ New Comedy Heading to ABC  Teaching people “How to Get Away With Murder” each week is a bit dark, but actress Viola Davis knows how to lighten up a bit and still laugh.  Davis is probably hoping viewers will laugh along with her as she produces the half-hour comedy “The Zipcoders”.  The sitcom will be shot using a single-camera to unfold the story about a divorced mother of three who relocates her family to Austin,Texas.  The series is set in 1968 and was an original idea penned by Marshall Todd, one of the writers from the hit “Barbershop” movie franchise. Todd says, “This project gives me the opportunity to tell a story that, while specific to the African-American experience, doesn’t travel in the usual tropes…” Davis will executive produce the show that ABC compares to hits like “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat” through her production company JuVee Prods.

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