Actress/singer Raven Symone is making a big return to primetime television. The teen star of Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven,” who started her career at age 3 on NBC’s “The Cosby Show,” has inked a rich development deal with ABC.
Under the one-year pact, said to be in the high-six-figure range, the network will develop a series project for Symone targeted for fall 2005. While Symone is known mostly for her comedic talents, the actress is said to be open to both half-hour and one-hour concepts for her ABC show.
One of the ideas being floated is to develop a show around a grown-up version of her character on “That’s So Raven,” a teenager who often finds herself in hilarious situations because of her ability to receive psychic visions of the near future.
The idea of translating successful series from sibling Disney Channel to ABC is not new. Last year, the network tried to develop a Lizzie-in-high-school sitcom based on Disney Channel’s “Lizzie McGuire,” but the idea fell apart when star Hilary Duff departed the Walt Disney Co. in May 2003.
“That’s So Raven,” now in its third season, is the highest-rated series on Disney Channel. Because of its popularity, the comedy will become the cable channel’s first series to surpass 65 episodes. Disney Channel has ordered 13 additional episodes, bringing the total order to 78.
In addition to “That’s So Raven,” Symone has a recurring voice-over role on Disney Channel’s animated series “Kim Possible.” She also toplined “The Cheetah Girls,” Disney Channel’s biggest movie ever, which also spawned a platinum-selling soundtrack.
On the big screen, Symone can currently be seen in “Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement.” As previously reported, her third album, “This Is My Time,” is slated for release Sept. 21 via Hollywood Records.