Raven’s Home Season 5 Will Not Include Chelsea, Nia, Tess, or Levi!

As Raven’s Home fan, I’m delighted that the comedic series will return for a fifth season. But the news that the original cast was being restructured caught me off guard. And not in a nice way. I’m not sure why the writers opted to replace Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol), Nia (Navia Robinson), Tess (Sky Katz), and Levi (Jason Maybaum) with a slew of new characters. It’s essentially a gentle reboot.

To be honest, similar modifications were rumored to take place in July of this year. They were taken with a grain of salt by the fanbase, including myself. However, certain modifications did occur.

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Raven Baxter (Raven-Symone) and her teen son Booker (Issac Ryan Brown) relocate to San Francisco to care for Raven’s father Victor (Rondell Sheridan) when he has a minor heart attack. Raven and Booker will meet Raven’s little cousin Alice (Mykal-Michelle Harris), Booker’s high school friend and Victor’s neighbor Neil (Felix Avitia), and Alice’s caregiver Ivy while adjusting to life in San Francisco (Emmy Liu-Wang).

Raven will have to “raise” her own father while rearing her adolescent son and a little cousin, according to the narrative. Booker will have to go through the ups and downs of his mother’s former high school while keeping his talent to see into the future hidden.

Along with Sheridan (original That’s So Raven cast member) returning to the current spin-off in a big way (he had a guest appearance in season two), Emmy-nominated writer/producer partners Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff, who developed the series, will join Raven-Symone as executive producers, along with Anthony C. Hill. Production is scheduled to begin this autumn. As of yet, no debut date has been announced.

According to internet reports, the latest cast changes are most likely the result of contract talks. With Disney apparently seeking to bring on new “regulars” at lesser rates rather than renegotiating higher pay rates for a group of Raven’s Home series regulars who have been with the show for four seasons.

Whichever the circumstances, I think the players can find a way to have Chelsea, Nia, Tess, and Levi make cameos (even if it’s through Skype) or multi-episode guest appearances. They are a part of Raven and Booker’s family, and not having them around will seem strange.

Raven-Symone also recently discussed how she turned down Disney’s offer to make Raven come out as gay. I could understand her decision. However, given the show’s creative team’s willingness to include LGBT representation in Raven’s Home, I wouldn’t be shocked if the new characters Neil or Ivy wind up being gay. But let’s wait and see what occurs. Raven’s Home started in July of 2017 and will conclude with the season four finale on May 21, 2021, bringing the overall episode count to 79.


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