The folks at Disney are thinking about relaunching the Boy Meets World series but with Corey and Topanga’s daughter as the star of the show calling it, Girl Meets World. Entertainment Weekly has the story:
That scream you heard over the weekend was the collective sound of all 16-to-34-year-olds realizing that their favorite ‘90s dramedy, Boy Meets World, is in talks for a spinoff on the Disney channel.
Michael Jacobs, the original creator, signed a pilot deal, EW has confirmed. Girl Meets World would center around a teen girl, and Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel may return as her parents, as was initially reported by TVLine. Fishel even sent out this cryptic/encouraging tweet over the weekend, “Just want you guys to know that @BenSavage and I have talked and we’ve decided…Thanksgiving is going to be delicious this year!”
If they return to reprise their roles, this is a great idea. The junior high episodes of Boy Meets World are nearly 20 years old (!), so while the show has held up remarkably well, it’s high time the plots were revisited. The program was so fantastic because not only was it hilarious (Underpants!) but it also dealt with serious stuff, like death and abandonment. I’m curious to see how Disney – which did not air the show originally, despite showing it in reruns for years – will cover the more difficult topics, or if themes will be cleaned-up a bit for the mouse. I hope not. I remember the melancholy of some the episodes — especially Shawn’s issues — being particularly realistic and it gave the show its unique voice.
Many fans will wonder why a spinoff isn’t just the original gang, ten years later. While I would theoretically love a reunion show about late-twenties-aged Cory, Shawn, Eric, Topanga and all the rest figuring out love and life — Hey! That sounds like all other shows on TV! — the opportunity Disney has here to revamp what was a beloved classic for millennials may be a more sustainable way to go. After a few episodes of checking in with everyone in their new adult lives, I’m just going to be wishing we were all back at John Adams High, dressing up as girls or cutting our hair in the bathroom sink. Switching to a girl’s perspective provides a nice change to middle school issues, and this way, we’ll all get to see Cory as an awkward dad, something he’s been prepping for since he was about 13.
Rebooting the show so there is a new kid, but Cory and Topanga are still around as parents, would leave the door open for cameos by our favorite friends — I think we all need to know how Mr. Plays With Squirrels wound up — but would also allow the show to become its own program, as much as possible. In fact, I’m cautiously optimistic that this whole reboot might be pretty fun. The junior high and high school episodes were the best of the show; it might be exciting to explore that all again, with a 2012 twist.
As long as Mr. Feeny is their daughter’s teacher. Some things you don’t mess with.
Okay? Awesome? Why?
I’m not sure I trust the Disney Channel in terms of curating high quality kids entertainment (movies, on the other hand, are a different story). Mainly because their shows are a load of glitzy crap where the costume designers and makeup artists are clearly paid more than the writers and camera crew. Boy Meets World and the rest of the TGIF shows are flat out masterpieces of teenage (and then some) television. Corey and Topanga never gave a shit about what they wore because what they were saying and doing were the bread and butter of the show. I’m extremely hesitant to trust the same quality will be given to any type of spinoff.
And yet, THIS IS AWESOME. If the original cast comes back, it’s like the heavens are singing and our bodies have figured out a way to make farts smell like flowers.
Regardless of what happens, I’m going to remain confused about this Girl Meets World thing and make these faces when people start talking about it.