On Nov. 26, “Boy Meets World” stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishell, Cory and Topanga, were officially confirmed as joining “Girl Meets World,” the Disney Channel spinoff of the 1990s ABC TV show. Later Monday night both Savage and Fishell took to social media to confirm the news, with Fishel starting a Tumblr blog to post more about how “Boy Meets World” alum have approached the idea of making “Girl Meets World.”
The Disney Channel pilot for ‘Girl Meets World” is being developed under the watchful eye of Michael Jacobs, who was the executive producer of “Boy Meets World.” Savage and Fishel will join “Girl Meets World” as Cory and Topanga.
“Girl Meets World” picks up more than a decade after the original TV show aired its last episode. Cory and Topanga remain happily married, with Cory a teacher, and their 13-year-old daughter Riley’s home, school and social life is the new show’s focus.
After TV Line announced Savage and Fishel had joined the cast, the news was quickly confirmed through social media channels. The official Twitter page for Disney Channel promoted the story. Savage also made it official, tweeting:
“I’m going to be a father! Well, on TV at least. The ‘Boy Meets World’ sequel is officially happening!”
Danielle Fishel talks “Girl Meets World,” mentions Rider Strong, Will Friedle and William Daniels
But it was Fishel, who previously teased Cory and Topanga’s reunion on “Girl Meets World” via Twitter, who communicated at length with “Boy Meets World” fans. Fishel tweeted a link to her new Tumblr blog, which offers an extended statement about “Girl Meets World” and its relationship to the original show. In that open post, she also thanked the “Boy Meets World” (BMW) fans for their passion and interest.
In Fishel’s Tumblr blog, the actress notes she didn’t know how many members of the original cast would appear on “Girl Meets World” (GMW), but does suggest they have involved in discussions about the sequel.
“I do not know how many BMW cast members will be returning for GMW, or how often they may appear if and/or when they do appear. I am going to do my best to not speak for others with this open post.
“But because I have known Michael Jacobs, Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Will Friedle, and Bill Daniels for 19 years, I know we share many of the same feelings regarding the 7 wonderful years we spent making BMW. Those years were among the most warm, hilarious, insightful, educational years of my life and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Another thing I wouldn’t trade for anything is the integrity and the heart with which BMW was made. I promise with the entirety of my heart that we will make GMW with the same honesty, innocence, and intelligence that you learned to expect from BMW.”
In the Tumblr post, Fishel was careful to note there were many conversations about the sequel that took place among “Boy Meets World” alum. She mentions Savage and Jacobs, of course, but also suggests these conversations included the three members of the original cast mentioned above: Strong (Shawn), Friedle (Eric), and Daniels (Mr. Feeny).
The consensus, according to Fishel, is to strive to create with “Girl Meets World” a new show that honors the “Boy Meets World” legacy and its fans without simply being driven by nostalgia for the original show.
“The first comment out of every person’s mouth was, ‘Let’s only do it if we think we can create something as special as we did with BMW.’”
Fishel believes “Girl Meets World” can be that show. But in thanking fans for their interest in “Boy Meets World” and its spinoff, Fishel also reminded fans that “Girl Meets World” isn’t intended to be simply a reunion show for Cory and Topanga (and possibly other members of the original show).
“I say that [we have something of value to offer the audience] so that I can say this: GMW is a new show. It isn’t BMW brought back to life but in current day. It will have familiar faces, familiar themes, and familiar messages. It will also have new faces, new themes, and new messages. BMW never spoke down to the audience and we are going to do our best to never do that with GMW. But please keep in mind that this there will be episode 1, of season 1, of a brand new show. We started at the same place with BMW but we evolved and we evolved quickly. For those of you who knew and loved BMW, please allow this show to evolve as well. Stick with us. Give us a chance.”
Given the enthusiastic response the “Girl Meets World” news has had – with more than 4,000 people sharing Fishel’s first Tumblr post in less than 12 hours – it seems safe to say that “Boy Meets World” fans will be more than willing to give the show some attention.
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