Disney Channel executives announced today that the highly anticipated Boy Meets World spinoff, Girl Meets World, has officially been ordered as a series! However, the network has not announced or determined how many episodes for the order, production is still set to move forward. This is a big decision for the network and the pilot has aired on television yet, so the executives must believe that the show will be a success!
In a recent statement Disney Channel Worldwide’s original programming executive vice president, Adam Bonnett, had this to say:
“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 in Girl Meets World and building a memorable connection with a whole new generation of fans.”
Rowan Blanchard was cast as Cory and Topanga’s daughter, Riley, and Sabrina Carpenter was cast as her best friend, Maya. Plus, Teo Halm was cast as Riley’s older brother Elliott, Peyton Meyer was cast as a potential love interest for Riley named Tristan Friar, and Corey Fogelmanis was cast as the super-smart fellow student, Shamus Farkle. William Daniels will also be returning as his character Mr. Feeney and there is also a possibility that Rider Strong will be returning as Cory’s best friend, Shawn Hunter.
Show creator Michael Jacobs had this to say about the exciting developments with Girl Meets World:
“I am grateful to everyone at Disney Channel for the opportunity to reach my favorite audience, which has always been kids,” Michael Jacobs, who created Boy Meets World. 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.”
The spinoff is set in New York City and Cory is now a history teacher at the junior high Riley attends and Topanga owns a local diner, which also acts as a popular after school hangout spot. What do you think of this news? Do you think the series will do well? Are you looking forward to the series premiere of Girl Meets World?
For those of you who were fans of Boy Meets World, you are aware of the developing spin-off, Girl Meets World, Disney Channel and producer Michael Jacobs have been working on. You also know that actress Rowan Blanchard was cast as Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga’s (Danielle Fishel) daughter, Riley. Entertainment Weekly conducted an interview and asked Blanchard questions about the casting process for the show, how she feels to be part of Girl Meets World, and more. Read the interview below:
“EW: When did you first hear about this part? BLANCHARD: It was like in the beginning of December.
EW: Had you heard of Boy Meets World at the time? BLANCHARD: I had heard of Boy Meets World before because it’s on like TV and stuff in the mornings so I watch it. I saw a few episodes and I really liked the idea of people growing up. When I found out I was [auditioning for] Girl Meets World, at first I didn’t know it had any relation to Boy Meets World and then I started reading the script and I saw Cory and Topanga and I was so excited.
EW: Girl Meets World executive producer Michael Jacobs told EW that he loved your first audition, but thought you might be too young for the part. BLANCHARD: Michael goes, “I would have cast you right now if it weren’t for your age.” And then I was really disappointed. I actually went into the car and cried. My dad was like, “You know, it’s not your fault. It’s your age.” Then two weeks later we got a call that they wanted to bring me back in and make me look a little bit older. I was so excited.
EW: What was it like meeting Ben and Danielle for the first time? BLANCHARD: It was really surreal to do the lines with them I have to say, because, you know, they’re Cory and Topanga. It was really cool to be able to read with them and get a feel for how the show was really going to play out.
EW: When I spoke to Michael, he said that Ben [who met Blanchard before Fishel] immediately clicked with you. BLANCHARD: I could kind of tell he really liked me, so I was really happy about that, too.
EW: How could you tell? BLANCHARD: When I was reading the lines, we played off each other really well. I know that takes some trust to be able to read with someone so easily, so I knew that we definitely liked each other.
EW: Have you had a chance to sit down with Ben and Danielle? BLANCHARD: I did actually talk to them. The [producers] were in the room talking and they sent us out. We talked for about 10 minutes about school and if I’d seen Boy Meets World. It was really cool to have like a one-on-one conversation with them.
EW: Tell me about your character. Is she more like her mom or dad? BLANCHARD: She’s a lot like her dad in that she’s not rebel. She struggles with that a little bit I think because her best friend who is edgy and stuff [and that] isn’t Riley. Riley wants to be her friend in a sense.
What is Riley’s relationship like with her parents? BLANCHARD: I think she’s really close with both of her parents but she does struggle with her dad because she doesn’t like being like her dad. She wants to be more original.
EW: Does Riley want to be a singer or actress? BLANCHARD: The show is about Riley growing up. It’s not about Riley singing or Riley dancing. I think that’s what makes the pilot unique. I feel like she’s going to be the one person who stays Riley.
EW: What kind of things will she be dealing with in school? BLANCHARD: Crushes…[Laughs] I can’t really say anything more but basically in the script she’s dealing with boy problems.
EW: Riley is a year older than you. Do you have anything in common with her? BLANCHARD: I do. We’re both very, very alike in the sense that we’re really loyal, and we’re both—I hate to brag—but smart. We both are excited and we both have a bright spirit. We’re both happy people who deal with everyday problems.
EW: Are there things in school that you’re dealing with that you think Riley will be dealing with? BLANCHARD: I think Riley will deal with grades and you know the nervousness of when they’re passing the paper back and you don’t know what you got and you’re so nervous. Riley will deal with the problems that we deal with everyday in school.
I hear Cory is a teacher at Riley’s school. BLANCHARD: My dad was actually my P.E. teacher for a little bit, so I can definitely identify with that. Like I said Riley and I are almost exactly alike. I understand hating being called out on and getting treated differently, so I think Riley dislikes that her dad is her teacher because I know I definitely didn’t really like it. But I feel like it has its strong points too because she can come to him when she needs things. I also think he’s definitely harder on her because she is his daughter.
EW: In which ways are you and Riley different? BLANCHARD: I mean there’s not much. We’re different in the sense that Riley kind of wants to not be like her parents and I kind of want to be like my parents. We’re not really different, we’re almost the same person.
EW: How do you feel about Riley’s uncle Shawn possibly making an appearance on Girl Meets World? BLANCHARD: I think Riley would love having an uncle Shawn because Shawn’s character onBoy Meets World is a lot like the character of Maya, [who is Riley’s best friend], kind of a rebel. I think Riley really likes the idea of going against the teachers even though she would never do it.
EW: When you watched the show did you have a favorite character? BLANCHARD: Probably Topanga. She’s just so happy and pretty and smart and nice. I think that’s definitely something I would like to be like.
EW: What did you like about Boy Meets World? BLANCHARD: I liked how it was original and how it was just about what we go through everyday. It wasn’t like there was a whole spin to it and this and this is going to happen. It was about what happens in a daily basis. It wasn’t like a soap opera or something so dramatic. It was something that had everything. A little bit of everything.
EW: What kind of reaction have you received since you’ve landed this role? BLANCHARD: It was kind of crazy. My phone was blowing up and I had gained like 5,000 followers overnight. It was really surreal.
EW: Do you manage your own social media? BLANCHARD: My mom kind of manages it, but I’m mainly on there. I understand Twitter much more than I understand Tumblr.
EW: What are people saying to you? BLANCHARD: A lot of people are really excited to see the continuation of Cory and Topanga andBoy Meets World. I was getting a lot of positive feedback, which I was really happy about.
EW: Why do you think people are so excited about Girl Meets World? BLANCHARD: I think people are excited because even watching Boy Meets World you can tell that those characters are going to do something when they get older. I think people are excited to see characters they grew up with continue.
EW: When you realized this was a reboot of Boy Meets World did you feel any pressure? Or do you feel any pressure now? BLANCHARD: It’s not that I feel pressure, but I feel like we have to stick to what people loved about Boy Meets World.
EW: So what are you looking forward most to? BLANCHARD: I’m most looking forward to working with Ben and Danielle and especially Michael. There was a time when I was auditioning and auditioning and I was either too young or too old and Michael really pushed for me so I’m really excited to work with him.
EW: Have you thought about how you’re going to balance a TV show? BLANCHARD: School is the first priority because I love school and I really care about this, too — but I have to balance this out, too.
EW: What have your friends been saying? BLANCHARD: Let’s just put it this way, my true friends are really happy for me, like really happy for me. My best friend Regan is just out of this world happy for me. She knows I’ll be able to balance it. She knows I’ll be able to still be her best friend and be on a show. My friends will help me stay grounded and so will my family.”
What do you think of this interview? Are you looking forward to the Girl Meets World premiere? Do you think Rowan Blanchard fits the part of Riley Matthews? Let me know in the comments!
The creator of the hit Disney show Boy Meets World, recently sat down with Entertainment Weeklyand answered some questions about what we can expect for the highly anticipated spin-off series, Girl Meets World. Jacobs had this to say about the new series:
“On why Girl Meets World almost didn’t happen: When execs at Disney first approached Jacobs with the idea of revisiting Boy Meets World, he promptly nixed the idea. “There’s a natural reticence to want to try and attempt something that you’ve been really lucky enough to do once,” explains Jacobs. But after mulling it over, Jacobs decided that he wanted to create a show for the “new generation of kids that live in a much more difficult world.” The only catch? Jacobs was dead set against doing a sequel, which he felt would amount to nothing more than a reunion show. “A reunion show that’s one and done,” says Jacobs, who instead suggested centering the pilot on Cory and Topanga’s daughter, Riley. “But to actually take the children of Cory and Topanga and watch on two levels [as they] grow up and as Cory and Topanga keep growing up, I can’t resist that. I can’t resist that and I’m very hopeful the audience won’t resist it either.”
On his vision for Girl Meets World: Like its predecessor, Jacobs says he hopes the pilot forGirl Meets World captures “the confusions about growing up and what we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to aspire to be.” As for Jacobs’ own aspirations for the show, he says, “There’s a column that I want to play in and that column contains The Wonder Years and Happy Days. That was always the column that I wanted Boy Meets World to be included in and I wantGirl Meets World to be in that column as well.”
On Cory and Topanga as parents: They may have two kids, but don’t expect Cory and Topanga to have it all figured out. “Topanga has always been much more certain that Cory. Cory has always been confused. That would never stop,” says Jacobs, who explains that the long-time sweethearts will have differing points of views on parenting. “Now he’s a father. Cory Matthews doesn’t know how to be a father.” Cory will also be grappling with his decision to become a teacher. “He’s following in the footsteps of [Mr. Feeney], the most influential character in his life,” says Jacobs. “Should he be? Will he succeed? Can he influence children like Feeney influenced children? What is Topanga’s observation of that? How does she help? And what is Topanga’s life? And what has she become? You’ll remember we left the series and they were in Philly and they were going on an adventure to go to New York. Did they succeed? Did it work? All of that will be answered in the pilot.”
On Riley’s personality: Will the youngest Matthews be more like her dad or her mom? Jacobs won’t say, though he will reveal that “she is going to be much more like one than the other but that second parent will pop up in ridiculously unexpected times and places and add to the confusion of who this character is.” As for who she’s isn’t? Jacobs says that Riley will not aspire to be an actress, singer, or dancer as many fans have speculated. “That was never Boy Meets World and it’s the farthest thing that this show will be.””
What do you think of this interview? Do you think the plot for Girl Meets World sounds interesting? Will you be watching the show when it premieres?
The Girl Meets World news just keeps on coming as the creators are wanting production to move quickly in order to get the show “picked up” for Disney’s 2013-2014 schedule. We are now getting a chance to learn more about the show and new characters, including Cory and Topanga’s daughter, Riley Matthews.
Today it was announced that the studio cast 13-year-old Pennsylvania native Sabrina Carpenter in the role of Maya Fox. Her character is Riley’s rebellious best friend.Entertainment Weekly also shared some new information on characters that the directors and producers of the show are looking to cast:
“– Elliott Matthews, 13. Cory and Topanga’s son. This guy will start the series as a “thinking man’s jock.” He’s described as “good looking, well built, funny and insightful in his observations. Good hearted except for his dedication toward using Riley (Blanchard) as his wrestling practice dummy. His parents worry that he has inherited the ‘Eric Matthews Algernon’ gene and will lose intelligence as time goes by.” That “Eric Matthews Algernon” bit is a two-part reference to a character in the original series who got dumber as seasons passed and the classic novel with a similar theme, Flowers for Algernon.
– Tristan Friar, 12-13. An Austin, Texas transplant who’s a “cowboy in the city.” His description: “He seems actually possessed of ethics, common sense and a value system making him immediately alien to everybody else except Riley, who believes it’s the value system that attracts her to want to be his friend even though he’s too good looking for her to look at.”
– Shamus Farkle, 12-13: This is the show’s resident genius. Future world ruler. Riley’s rebellious best friend Maya is his nemesis, Riley gets between them to save his life. Farkle is wildly attached and protective of both girls and loves equally that Riley doesn’t make him miserable and Maya does.”
Do you think these new characters sound interesting? Will you be interested in seeing how the relationships between these characters will turn out? I want to hear what you think, so sound of in the comments!
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the creator of the shows Boy Meets World, revealed some very exciting news about the spin-off series Girl Meets World.
Those of you who are fans of the show now know that the Disney Channel and Jacobs have been working on the new show. Plus, you also know that Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will be returning to the show to reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga. It was also recently announced that a young Los Angeles based actress, Rowan Blanchard, was cast as their daughter Riley Matthews.
However, there has been speculation about whether other members of the original cast will be returning and Michael Jacobs has cleared that up a bit in his interview by stating: “When Rider [Strong] said that he was not approached about being a part of the show, there actually was no official show. [At the time] it was an idea that Gary Marsh, Adam Bonnett, Corey Marsh, and the Disney Channel people called me up asking if I would be interested in doing this. It just got an official green light for pilot. I didn’t want to talk to everybody about something that was only a discussion. Then the world reacted and I got a bajillion phone calls. Rider and Will Friedle and all of the cast said, ‘What is this? We thought we were done!’ We sat down with them and talked about what their roles on the show might be. Whoever wants to be part of this show will be and whoever wants to move on will. The most important thing is to see what the show is and then see what their part in it will be. Will Friedle said, ‘I will be at every taping.’ Everybody is quite attached to it. The bottom line is: Will Rider or Will be a cast member? Will they put in appearances? Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see.”
Jacobs also talked a bit about the potential focus of the show’s storyline: “You’re going to be seeing a lot of Riley Matthews because she’s the point of view of this show, but what influences her are all of the characters in her life. You are going to see very equal attention paid to Cory and Topanga and all of the other supporting cast as you would naturally term it… Girl Meets World can be told on two levels: the coming of age of Riley Matthews and two parents who haven’t quite come of age themselves.”
Read the whole interview with Michael Jacobs here. Would you want the other original cast members to join the show (or at least been in an episode or two)? Are you excited for Girl Meets World to premiere?