After all of the buzz surrounding the sequel pilot 'Girl Meets World,' it is no surprise that Disney Channel announced today that its new comedy, a follow-up to the popular 'Boy Meets World' of the 1990's, has been picked up to series.
Whereas the previous series (which concluded thirteen years ago) centered around Cory Matthews (played by Ben Savage) and his best friend Shawn (Rider Strong) as they faced the sixth grade and beyond while navigating life, 'Girl Meets World' showcases Cory's daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard) facing the same formative years. 'Boy Meets World' was created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly and lasted for a whopping seven critically-acclaimed seasons. Jacobs, who is executive producing 'Girl Meets World,' is hoping to catch that lightning in a bottle once again by casting Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel in the same roles that made them famous in the previous series, as well as bringing back fan favorite William Daniels as teacher George Feeny.
Of course, in this incarnation, Cory Matthews is a history teacher, himself. Riley's father teaches at her school (how embarrassing for a seventh grade girl!) and her mother, Topanga, runs a popular local hangout that specializes in pudding. Joining Riley as she meets the world is her best friend Maya (played by Sabrina Carpenter), the female equivalent of Shawn's character from the original series.
When discussing the pick-up order, Jacobs said "'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."
Production on 'Girl Meets World' will continue, aimed for an early 2014 debut on Disney Channel.