Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will return as Cory and Topanga, but this time they’ll be playing parents to their daughter Riley on Girl Meets World.
Like many Millennials, Alexandra Franzen, 20, grew up watching the TV show Boy Meets World.
“It was always on when I came home from school,” the Appalachian State University junior said. “What caught my interest was the fact that it was about young kids going to school, playing sports [and] dealing with friends and family.”
The show was part of ABC’s weekly block of family-friendly programming and followed the coming-of-age events of Cory Matthews’ life. It chronicled his middle school, high school and college years, running from 1993 to 2000.
Doralys Miralles, 19, said she was sad when the series ended because it was her favorite show.
“We grew up with the characters,” the Florida International University sophomore said. “They went through real-world situations like long-distance [relationships] and death, but they somehow made it funny.”
Miralles was thrilled when she read a Tumblr post about Girl Meets World, a spinoff series, featuring Cory and Topanga’s 13-year-old daughter, Riley.
The Disney Channel confirmed rumors that it’s developing the pilot and holding a nationwide casting search for the role of Riley Matthews, according to USA TODAY.
“I’m going to be a father! Well, on TV at least. The ‘Boy Meets World’ sequel is officially happening,” Ben Savage, who played Cory, tweeted Monday.
Danielle Fishel, the show’s Topanga, also confirmed her involvement through a Tumblr blog post. She addressed the entry as an open letter to fans, thanking them for the support and asking them to have an open mind.
“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,” she wrote. “It will also have new faces, new themes, and new messages–Stick with us. Give us a chance.”
Jazo Moises, a senior at Saint Mary’s College of California, said he doesn’t know how the younger generation will react to the pilot.
“They’re trying to sell a BMW spin-off to a generation that doesn’t really know what the original show was,” the 20-year-old said.
He added that the moral value of the show made it popular in the ‘90s but that the realist nature isn’t as prominent in Disney shows that are well liked now.
“As much doubt as I have about the program, I’ll go back [to watching it] and I’m sure others will as well,” he said. “The fact is, everyone loves nostalgia. I always like reliving the good moments from my past and BMW is definitely one of those.”
Although Disney has not confirmed whether other actors, such as William Daniels (Mr. Feeny), will appear in the new show, a return of classic characters is possible.
Daniels appeared in five episodes of Grey’s Anatomy this season. His role as Dr. Craig Thomas ended when the character died in episode five, which could indicate some free time to visit the Disney set.
Franzen is one of countless viewers who hope Mr. Feeny makes an appearance. She wants to see what one of her favorite characters is like 12 years later.
“It’s a perfect mix of my childhood and today, so I can’t wait to see what happens,” she said.
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