Recently there was a magazine photo spread featuring reunions of various casts from bygone shows of the past decades, including one from Boy Meets World. There is, of course, the spin-off coming soon called Girl Meets World , though, seeing the cast all together like that made me wonder why ABC didn't just resurrect the original show and call it Boy Meets World: 10 Years Later.
While Hollywood always seems to love featuring new blood, it can't be denied that the original cast had the perfect chemistry. With other networks are bringing back veteran actors like Michael J Fox and Robin Williams, there wouldn't be much to lose bringing back this cast, especially with its simultaneous syndication on The Disney Channel and MTV2. These people are still in the public consciousness.
Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel are reprising their old roles as Corey and Topanga, though they'll be parents now, and William Daniels is Mr. Feeny again (of course, because the show wouldn't be as awesome without him). There was talk of Will Friedle, Corey's brother Eric, and Rider Strong, who played Corey's friend Shawn, visiting the set of Girl Meets World but not being asked to join the show. That stinks, since the show could use the zaniness of Eric, playing an off-the-wall uncle to Corey and Topanga's children. Plus, Shawn could show them what life on the other side of the tracks is like. Heck, I'd even welcome a visit from Ethan Suplee's high school enforcer, Frankie.
ABC is doing us a disservice by not reuniting the whole cast, though I do hold out hope that once the show brings in a newer, younger audience, they'll slowly begin re-introducing the other former cast members. Otherwise, it'll turn into Girl Meets Harsh Reality Of Hollywood Business.
So long, Elliot — it was nice not knowing you. In a recent move made by Girl Meets World, Cory and Topanga's eldest child Elliot (Teo Halm) was cut from the show, according to TVLine.
Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga's (Danielle Fishel) family on GMW, the Boy Meets World spin-off, will now only include two children: tween Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and her little brother Louis (August Maturo).
While a Disney Channel rep explains the departure saying, "Various creative changes are often made as a project transitions from pilot to series," we all know the real reason the older brother was dropped: No one can replace Eric. No one.
The series is scheduled to premiere in 2014.
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Riley Matthews, daughter of Boy Meets World stars Cory and Topanga, is about to discover the one lesson that we all learned growing up: "Life's tough. Get a helmet." Why you ask? Because she's now the star of a brand new series! Disney Channel announced on Monday morning that they have officially picked up Girl Meets World and will begin production in Los Angeles this summer.
The series will follow in the footsteps of its beloved predecessor, starring Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel as our favorite high school sweethearts Cory and Topanga. For die-hard fans who wonder where Cory and Topanga ended up after the series ended, they'll soon see that Cory has followed Mr. Feeny into teaching and Topanga has opened a trendy after-school hangout specializing in pudding. Yes that's right, Pudding.
This time, however, the focus isn't on Cory and his best friend Shawn's shenanigans but rather the pre-teen antics of Cory and Topanga's daughter, Riley Matthews, played by Rowan Blanchard. Set in New York City, the series will "tell the wonderfully funny, heartfelt stories that Boy Meets World is renowned for, only this time from a tween girl's perspective," Disney Channel stated. Taking a page from her father's legendary story of friendship, Riley has her own girl version of Shawn, the character portrayed by Rider Strong.
"Boy Meets World and its story of adolescent self-discovery resonated with an entire generation of tweens. In the same way audiences fell in love with Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence, we look forward to introducing our viewers to their daughter, Riley Matthews ... and building a memorable connection with a whole new generation of fans," Adam Bonnett, Executive Vice President of Disney Channels Worldwide, said in a statement.
It is yet to be determined whether Shawn or Uncle Eric (Will Friedle) will make an appearance, but it has been confirmed that Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) will sprinkle some life lessons into the show's pilot during its 2014 premiere. Who's looking forward to a reunion with the Matthews family and F-F-F-Feeny?
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The highly anticipated Boy Meets World spin-off Girl Meets World has been given the green light by TV bosses. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel teamed up this spring (13) to reprise their roles as childhood sweethearts, now grown up with a young daughter of their own.
The show has now been picked up by impressed network executives at Disney, who have ordered a full series. Production is slated to begin in Los Angeles this summer (13).
In a statement, creator Michael Jacobs says, "I am grateful to everyone at Disney Channel for the opportunity to reach my favorite audience, which has always been kids. Girl Meets World is a new show for a new generation that will be rooted in the same kind of honest, comedic storytelling about coming of age and the importance of family and friendship that made Boy Meets World so popular."
Girl Meets World, which stars 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard as Savage and Fishel's daughter, is scheduled to premiere on the Disney Channel next year (14).
Of all the travesties in the world – the floundering of BitCoin, the destabilization of Cyprus, Crash winning best picture – the greatest travesty of all is that Emmy winner and 227 star Jackée Harry does not have a place on television to appear regularly. Well, that's all about to change.
As if reviving Boy Meets World wasn't enough to satiate your nostalgia, the updated version Girl Meets World has added Ms. Harry (because we are all so incredibly nasty) to the pilot episode, according to the Huffington Post. There's still no word on who she is going to play, but it is sure to be amazing. Can I suggest a sassy principal for Cory and Topanga's daughter? This might put the breaks on a Sister, Sister reunion, but I think we can all live with that. And if you doubt her comedic chops, check out Nurse Jackée. You'll thank me later.
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The Philadelphia we grew up with was filled with long-haired rapscallions and sage, bespectacled senior citizens. It was an era cherished by all... and an era that, against all odds, has promised to return. But the large and vociferous community of Boy Meets World fans holds strong to its apprehension: could Michael Jacobs' sequel series Girl Meets World possibly live up to its predecessor? Even with stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel center stage, we worry that the new program won't quite capture the '90s family comedy's spark or style.
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But the cast is bent on assuring us that Girl Meets World will in fact be a faithful return to the old favorite's goofy adolescent lens. The set of the developing sitcom welcomed visitors from Philly yore: young GMW stars Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter tweeted images of a Boy reunion. Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter), Will Friedle (Eric Matthews), and Maitland Ward (Rachel McGuire), who herself shared a photo of perhaps the greatest visitor of them all: William Daniels, a.k.a. the great George Feeny. Soak in the nostalgia below!
Does this mean we'll be seeing Fake Uncle Shawn, Real Uncle Eric, Too-Tenuously-Connected-to-Be-Called-Aunt Rachel, and Family Godfather Feeny showing up on Girl Meets World? It's at least a good sign!
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Michael Jacobs' young stars weren't exactly newcomers before singing onto Boy Meets World. Ben Savage had two prior short-lived TV series to his name, Rider Strong had one of his own, and Danielle Fishel boasted a one-off portrayal of Jessica P. on Full House. But for Girl Meets World, Jacobs seems happy enough trusting his characters with relative newcomers: the showrunner has just cast Teo Halm to play Elliott Matthews, the son of Cory and Topanga and the older brother to series star Riley (Rowan Blanchard).
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We haven't seen much of Halm, who The Hollywood Reporter reports is officially on board for the series, on screens big or small. Unlike his new costars Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter — playing the Shawn to Riley's Cory — Halm doesn't have a résumé stockpiled with appearances on shows like Dance-a-Lot Robot and The Goodwin Games, or films like Spy Kids 4, The Back-up Plan, or Noobz. But our steadfast Boy Meets World devotion charged us to scour the Internet for any testament to Halm's talents. And we've come up with a few bits. Fellow fans, judge accordingly!
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Here is Halm in a self-made surfing video set to indie movie go-to theme, "Home" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. If Philadelphia is swept up in a colossal monsoon, we know that Elliott's survivalism will help the Matthews clan endure (while those infernal Kleiners meet their demise!).
Below, see Halm appearing briefly as a caveman in the third episode of the PBS series, Nova: Becoming Human. None too far a leap for Jacobs' formula, as "neanderthal older brother" is an everpresent theme in the original series.
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And finally, a video introducing Halm's only film credit to date: writer/director Bill Barker's short Waltham Vanguard, in which Halm plays neglected son Bud. While we imagine Cory to be as doting a father as one can possibly imagine, it's good to know that Halm has some preteen angst in his back pocket for those very special episodes.
So what do you think of the newest Matthews?
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First Boy Meets World, now Home Improvement?! Everyone's '90s boyfriend, Jonathan Taylor Thomas (you probably remember him better as JTT), is reuniting with his onscreen dad, Tim Allen, on Allen's ABC sitcom Last Man Standing.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Thomas will guest star in a March or April episode as the manager of a high-end restaurant where Allen's daughter, Kristin, applies for a job. He's only scheduled for one episode so far, but judging from the character description, there could be plenty more (assuming Kristin gets the job — or at least starts dating Thomas' character). Thomas is the second HI vet to hit Last Man Standing. Richard Karn, a.k.a. Tim's sidekick Al, guest-starred as an architect earlier in Season 2.
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It's not the second-generation Home Improvement series Girl Meets World could've inspired, but since JTT's recent onscreen credits are few and far between, we'll take it. JTT's fellow '90s favorites Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will reunite as their Boy Meets World characters Cory and Topanga in Disney Channel's new series about their characters' daughter.
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With Girl Meets World cooking slowly over in the Disney Channel's creative kitchen (fully operated by a single ambitious rat), we have time to work on our own visualizations of what form we think (and hope) the highly anticipated program will take. Living up to its predecessor, '90s phenomenon Boy Meets World, will be a difficult task — but would the best course to satisfy fans new and old be to emulate the magic of Michael Jacobs' original wonder, or to brew up something altogether new?
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One element that Girl Meets World could adopt is music. Many recent Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows have used music as a key facet in their characters and story, capitalizing on the vocal or instrumental abilities of their young stars. Girl Meets World's central heroine, Rowan Blanchard, would provide her series with ample opportunity for this path. Below is a new video of Blanchard (who plays the middle school-aged daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews, roles carried on by BMW stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel), exhibiting her skill for song (and general affability — the girl's a charmer) with Adele's "Someone Like You."
We don't imagine that GMW will go the route of Hannah Montana, planting its protagonist in the heat of a budding music career (in constant conflict with her wigless "normal life"). But Jacobs' spin-off could showcase Blanchard's singing in other ways: musical soliloquies about the qualms of suburban life, romantic ballads performed by Blanchard to the classmate who has stolen her heart, maybe even a wacky Hope/Crosby showstopper duet with guest star Uncle Eric.
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Some fans might be turned off by a "musical" Girl Meets World, but it wouldn't necessarily rob the show of the BMW spirit. If Jacobs does choose to employ Blanchard's talents (which he is likely to do, in some form), then we won't be losing anything, only gaining. Gaining the full momentum of a young star who clearly packs a lot of talent. If Jacobs opted to stifle a young Savage or Rider Strong back in the early '90s, imagine all of the ostensibly inane but certifiably fantastic moments we'd never have experienced.
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World, meet girl.
Girl Meets World has officially found the actress who will star as daughter of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) on Disney's upcoming Boy Meets World spin-off, EW reports. 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard was notified Monday night that she got the part of Riley Matthews after a nationwide casting search.
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“As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews,” says Michael Jacobs, who’s producing the Girl Meets World pilot. “Rowan is real and accessible and I am hopeful this girl is about to meet a world that will love growing up with her as well.”
Blanchard hails from Los Angeles, and her previous roles include Spy Kids: All the Time in the World and The Back-Up Plan.
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The pilot for Girl Meets World is set to begin production next month, and could air on Disney Channel as soon as later this year. What do you think of the casting? Are you excited to see Blanchard take on one of the most anticipated TV roles yet? Let us know in the comments!
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