After months of buzz and wondering if it was too good to be true, Disney Channel has given Girl Meets World the official series order we’ve been hoping for. As we should all know by now, the series is a sequel/spin off of ABC’s Boy Meets World, following Riley Matthews, the daughter of the original series’ Cory and Topanga. Original stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel are returning to reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga as they help guide their daughter through trials of growing up, much the same as they did when they were teenagers. Creator/executive producer Michael Jacobs is returning as well to make sure the series is of the same quality as the original.
The aim is for a 2014 premiere, with THR reporting production is set to begin this summer. Rowan Blanchard stars as Riley, with Sabrina Carpenter as her best friend Maya. The show will be set in New York City and follow the two friends as they navigate the seventh grade. Unlike most kids her age, middle school won’t be an escape from the watchful eye from Riley’s parents. Cory is a history teacher at her school and Topanga owns an afterschool hangout known for its pudding. Since Cory is a teacher now, I wonder if William Daniel’s appearance as Mr. Feeny in the first episode is so he can pass the torch to his former pupil.
Jacobs has said he intends Girl Meets World to retain the tone of its predecessor. These will be stories about a real girl and, while it’s a new show for a new generation, it will seek to tell honest, comedic stories about the coming of age. I have fond memories of growing up watching Boy Meets World. As such, I have high hopes for this new series, hopes that had better not be dashed or there will be hell to pay. Mark my words, Micahel Jacobs. You will pay if Girl Meets World is a disappointment. I owe it to my childhood.