One of the more anticipated series in development is the Disney Channel reboot of the family favorite "Boy Meets World." The new series revolves around a grown Corey and Topanga, raising a precocious daughter going through many of the growing pains her father experienced years ago. Co-stars Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage spoke with Entertainment Weekly about reuniting for the series and the overwhelming fan response.
Both Fishel and Savage expressed genuine surprise about the online fan response when the series was initially announced. "The reaction online has been just incredible and makes us all feel really good. I don’t think any of us had any idea how much people have loved Boy Meets World and how excited they would be for this kind of a show," Fishel said.
Savage added, "We always knew that there was a lot of goodwill for the show, and we always knew that we had some pretty loyal fans. But the reaction to the show coming back and the sequel has been very exciting and pretty flattering and a little overwhelming."
Despite the long time apart, the actors are confident that the magic will still be there when the two reunite on camera. "You grow up with these people and I think there is a certain bond that never goes away," Savage said. "Again, it’s like an old childhood friend. I’m sure in your own life, if you run into someone you haven’t seen in 10 years but you grew up with them, there’s a certain kinship. And there’s just a certain mutual feeling that you get. It’s a great feeling."
"You’re going to see a lot of the love that you felt and that you saw between Cory and Topanga in the original show. I think you’re also going to see a little bit more maturity out of both of them in certain aspects and I think you’re going to see them as they always did, helping each other find their way back to themselves and to who they are as a couple," Fishel said. "By now, Cory and Topanga have been together for a very long time. They’re a team. They know each other very well. They know each other’s flaws. I think it’s going to be fun to watch them help each other along the way and be stronger than ever as a team."
How the adult Cory and Topanga will be as parents remains to be seen, but the actors have a few ideas as to the roles their long-time characters will play in the new series. "I think Topanga is going to come into finding her way a little bit and maybe being a little bit more like the way she was in the beginning—for lack of a word—hippyish, in the way she thinks the kids should be raised. I think it’s going to be a balancing act between the two of them," explained Fishel. "The other great thing is that Cory and Topanga are young parents and so we’re going to get to see them struggling with figuring it all out. We don’t have all of the answers either and I think that’s going to be something that’s really interesting to watch play out is us trying to figure out what is the right thing."
"I think it’s the same old neurotic, quirky, funny Cory, but he’s much softer. I know that because Michael, in a lot of our readings has already said, 'You’re so much softer now.' And I said, 'Well, I’m a dad.' He’s a softer guy, but he’s still pretty happy and content and neurotic and funny."
Are you looking forward to the new series?