It’s official, the Proud Family is making a comeback! Yep, the iconic Disney Channel show is getting its very own reboot, called The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, and we have all the exciting details for you.
As fans know, the original show aired from September 2001 to August 2005. It was all about a girl named Penny Proud, who, with the help of her parents, Trudy and Oscar, and her grandma, Sugar Mama, just barely got through the daily challenges of being a teenager. It starred Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker, Jo Marie Payton and more, and the cartoon was definitely a big part of a lot of our childhoods.
So wait, what is the new show going to be about? When is it going to come out? Will the OG stars return for the reboot? And will any new celebrities join the cast? Not to worry, you guys, because we broke it all down for you. From the release date to the cast to the plot, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Proud Family reboot.
The Original Cast Has All Signed On For The Reboot
Disney first announced that they were bringing The Proud Family back in February 2020. And want to know the best part?! Drum roll please… the entire original cast has already signed on to the new show! Yep, Pratt, Davidson, Parker and Payton, as well as Karen Malina White, Soleil Moon Frye, Alisa Reyes and Cedric the Entertainer, are all set to return for the series. Plus, Bruce W. Smith and Ralph Farquhar, who were behind the original show, will return as executive producers.
“In our minds, the show never really went away, as we still had tons of stories left to tell,” they said in a joint statement. “It’s the perfect time to bring back this show, and we can’t wait to take fans, old and new alike, on this journey with us.”
Agnes Chu, senior vice president for content, Disney+, added, “The show’s humor and relatable stories are as relevant with audiences today as ever. Our audiences have loved rediscovering their favorite episodes of The Proud Family, and we’re excited Bruce, Ralph, Calvin [Brown, Jr.] and the returning cast are creating new stories for their new home on Disney+.”
When asked why she decided to return as Penny, Pratt told Buzzfeed, “I had to sign on because nobody else was about to be running around being Penny Proud. It was gonna be a problem. OK? No, I had to sign on. The original creators and the original cast are doing it. I’ve had nothing but amazing experiences with these people. There’s no reason to not want to be a part of something that — I didn’t know back then because I was so young — was so amazing. But now it’s like, there’s no way that I would not want to be a part of something so great.”
There’s An Epic New Star Joining The Cast
But that’s not all! The one and only Keke Palmer has joined the cast of the new show, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!
“There’s a new girl coming to town! Prepare to fall in love with 14-year-old activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, voiced by
@KekePalmer, from the upcoming Original Series, #TheProudFamily: #LouderAndProuder, coming soon to #DisneyPlus,” Disney announced on Twitter earlier this year.
What Will The Reboot Be About?
Naturally, we have a lot of questions. Like, will the show pick off where the original ended? Will it take place years later? Or will it retell the story? Well, according to Disney, the reprise will “pick up the story of its central character, Penny Proud, and will also include her madcap family — parents Oscar and Trudy, twin siblings BeBe and CeCe, her grandmother Suga Mama and Puff! Of course, it would not be The Proud Family without Penny’s loyal crew Dijonay Jones, LaCienega Boulevardez and Zoey Howzer, among others.”
How awesome does that sound?! There’s unfortunately no release date for it just yet, but we hope they announce something soon!
Are There Any Other Reboots We Have To Look Forward To?
There’s actually tons more remakes that we have to look forward to! Yep, according to to Variety, the beloved Nickelodeon show iCarly is coming back, and OG stars Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress and Jerry Trainor are all going to be in the revival! The show will be on Paramount Plus (ViacomCBS’s new streaming service), and Jay Kogen (School of Rock, The Simpsons, Frasier) and Ali Schouten (Diary of a Future President, Champions, Merry Happy Whatever) have signed on to develop the new version of the series. It’s unfortunately still unclear who else will be involved, but no matter what, we know it’s going to be good.
HBO Max is also bringing Gossip Girl back! Set four years after the original show ended, the upcoming series will follow “a new group of Upper East Siders as they’re thrown under the microscope of Gossip Girl’s social surveillance.” The show’s original creators, Joshua Schwartz, Joshua Safran and Stephanie Savage, will all return to executive produce the reboot.
Newcomers Savannah Smith, Zion Moreno and Jordan Alexander, Emily Alyn Lind (who fans may recognize from Sacred Lies, Code Black, The Babysitter, Lights Out, Hidden, Revenge and more), Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star Whitney Peak, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist alum Eli Brown, Peter Pan Live! actor Jason Gotay, Johnathan Fernandez (who previously starred in Lethal Weapons, Good Medicine, Catching Up, Scare Package, Porthole and tons more), Broadway star Adam Chanler-Berat, Doherty (who we all know from the Descendants movies), fashion icon Tavi Gevinson and Broadway actress Laura Benanti have all been cast in the new show.
Plus, NBCUniversal recently premiered their highly anticipated Saved By the Bell reboot. In it, Zack Morris is now the governor of California, and he “gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools and proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state, including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the overprivileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.”