I hereby apologize for getting the theme song to That's So Raven stuck in your head upon reading this headline.
Actually, I don't feel that bad about it, because I'm singing it under my breath as I write this. Good memories.
That said, rejoice, all you Raven Baxter fans. Disney Channel has officially announced a spin-off series entitled Raven's Home, which will continue the plot and characters of the classic show.
Both Raven Symone (obviously) and Anneliese van der Pol (our fav ginger) have signed on to return to the show, accompanied by Isaac Brown of Black-Ish fame, and a whole gaggle of kids who will portray the ladies' tweenaged little ones, one of whom seems to be exhibiting signs that resemble Raven's own future-gazing talent.
On that note, I want to shed a little light on a theme Raven's Home will be addressing in abundant detail, and for which I would like to commend the show's creators.
In the new series, Raven and Chelsea will play divorced single moms attempting to raise their kids and keep some semblance of order in their lives while they're at it.
This is a fairly rare setup for a Disney Channel show, with The Suite Life of Zack and Cody being an obvious exception, and I am very excited to find out what this unusual, but nevertheless valid, family dynamic will add to the experience of watching the show.
I cannot put enough emphasis on the value that diversity has in media, which might be the single most broad statement in the history of the English language, so let me narrow it down. In this case, I think it is tremendously important to showcase a family setup not generally seen in children's TV shows.
Disney Channel is good at this type of representation, though, and this just happens to be a family dynamic they have not yet touched upon. They have, however, explored many different ways to make a home sweet home.
In Jessie, the kids have famous parents who travel constantly, but nonetheless show love and support for their children. There are many two-parent households as in Liv and Maddie, Lizzie Maguire, That's So Raven, etc. Now the long-awaited Raven sequel will take a look at the single-parent life, and I have high hopes that Disney will give us a positive, realistic picture of the ways homes like that can function.
I look forward to knowing that children raised in single-parent homes will have another healthy example in the media to validate the way they are being brought up.
Raven's Home does not have an official release date yet, but IMDb indicates that the show will premiere before 2017 is over. Keep on the lookout!
Oh yes, one more thing...
Can I get an "Oh, snap"?