Deep breaths–we have facts for you! The past month has been a roller coaster of Boy Meets World related emotions. As the original cast have been releasing statements regarding the Disney spin off Girl Meets World, we’ve been piecing together a somewhat lopsided image of what the spin off will look like. We know it will revolve around Cory and Topanga’s daughter, Riley Matthews, and that no other original cast members are signed on as regular characters. Rider Strong, who played Shawn Hunter, has said he is not officially involved…yet.
In a question and answer style interview with Rolling Stone, Ben Savage gives us a fuller description of what to expect from the show.
It was interesting how it came together. But Danielle [Fishel] and I had definitely had a lot of discussions of what we wanted to do, and if we were both onboard. Again, just making sure that everything was right and we felt right about it. Listen, the people that are doing the show – Michael Jacobs is the executive producer – they know what we’re about, and they know what we’re looking for. I guess it’s also a matter of trust that we’re all on the same page. ‘
We’re going to wait and see what happens. Obviously, I don’t want to give away too many details. But there’s definitely been discussions about some of everyone’s favorite characters popping up in the show and making appearances. We’ll see what happens.
We want to do justice to the characters, and we want to make sure we respect people’s memories of the show. It’s funny, a lot of the tweets and emails and mentions I’ve gotten are from a lot of people who are worried that the show wont’ hold up. And that we shouldn’t do it because it’s going to ruin a lot of their childhood memories. And I totally can understand that – I get it. I know there are things that they’ve done in the past where I feel like it’s ruined my childhood memories. And I didn’t like that. But we’re really working hard and doing everything we can to make sure that this is going to be something special and funny, and hopefully it’ll make new memories for a new generation.
It sounds like it wouldn’t be far fetched to expect some old characters popping in and out of the story line! I would love to see Mr Turner, the too-cool-for-school Harley riding middle school English teacher who took Shawn under his wing! If filming starts in February, that should give us a summer pilot, right? I wonder which names they’re throwing around to cast the daughter–does anyone stand out in your head as the perfect fit?