While Girl Meets World, the sort-of sequel to the iconic ‘90s hit show, Boy Meets World, has yet to be officially picked up by Disney, that didn’t stop series creator Michael Jacobs from spilling some details about the new series and how fans can expect it to be different from its predecessor.
“Girl is going to be its own show. I think that’s real important. I really think it’s necessary for the audience to understand this,” Jacobs said at a press conference following BMW’s Reunion Panel at the ATX Festival in Austin, TX. “My feeling is that the premise of the show is about these two girls having a friendship, going off into the world we now know. Girl Meets World will be unique from Boy Meets World in that way.”
“However, it is the child of an original program,” he added. “There is no way that I am not going to include everybody that wants to be included on this piece because they’re the genesis of the piece. For me, we may build a new house but we’re building it on ground and that ground was Boy.”
The new series, will focus on Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga’s (Danielle Fishel) daughter Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard) and her best friend Maya Fox (Sabrina Carpenter) navigating a world that is nothing like the one which their parents grew up in.
For those BMW die-hards worried about how the new show might impact the legacy of their favorite TGIF staple, Savage said there’s no need to panic.
“We’re being very cautious, very careful, trying to honor the old show, trying to work in this new dynamic and this new time that we’re all living in.”
The actor added, “I think it’s important to stress that we’re not doing Boy Meets World, we’re doing Girl Meets World. I think that this generation grew up with Boy Meets World and it means something very special to them as it means something special to us and we want to try and do something for the next generation and we want to give them something that they can grow up with and have their own memories with.”
As expected, Cory and Topanga aren’t going to be the best parents. Jacobs told reporters, “If they’re great parents I have no show,” adding that Cory isn’t ready to deal with all the challenges that come with raising children in today’s world.
And of course, Jacobs and the writers will continue to attempt to instill the lessons fans came to know, love and learn from Boy Meets World.
One of the last lessons of the former series from Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) to his students was to “do good.” And this message will live on in Girl, literally. Jacobs told reporters that a set designer places a second, smaller blackboard in Cory’s classroom, which said the phrase.
“I said ‘Leave it, don’t touch it and it will stay there,’” Jacobs explained. “Because Bill and obviously Cory wrote it — Bill’s teachings of all these kids and characters will live on always.”