As a kid of the nineties growing up with “Boy Meets World”, I feel almost contractually obligated to be excited about every piece of news coming out about “Girl Meets World”. That being said, “Boy Meets World” creator (and “Girl Meets World” executive producer) Michael Jacobs opened up about some details for the pilot and you won’t be disappointed with these tidbits.
After the news was broke last week that 11-year-old actress Rowan Blanchard landed the much coveted role of series star Riley Matthews, I have been itching to know a bit more about how the series will pan out – but did you know that “Girl Meets World” almost didn’t happen in the first place? Series creator Michael Jacobs was not thrilled with the idea the first time he was approached about revisiting the series. “There’s a natural reticence to want to try and attempt something that you’ve been really lucky enough to do once,” says Jacobs. After thinking about it for a while though, Jacobs realized he wanted to create a series that would inspire a “new generation of kids that live in a much more difficult world.” However, Jacobs was still wary about doing a sequel that would amount to little more than a reunion show for “Boy Meets World”. “A reunion show that’s one and done,” says Jacobs “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.”
For those who watched Corey and Topanga grow up, seeing them in the role of parents might be a little but strange, but Jacobs says that you can still expect them to be the same characters you know and love. “Topanga has always been much more certain that Cory. Cory has always been confused. That would never stop,” says Jacobs. “Now he’s a father. Cory Matthews doesn’t know how to be a father. 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.”
Jacobs also says that there is a very “strong chance” that many of the shows originals will make appearances on the series if the pilot gets picked up. Seeing old favourites return would sweeten the deal for this show in a big way.
As for the relationship between Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage, Jacobs says that their reunion has been “the greatest possible thing that can happen.” Jacobs often refers to the two actors as his surrogate children and says that “Hanging out with them is gratifying and rewarding and what I’m hopeful for is that there will be a vast audience who wants to hangout with them again as well.”