By Rachel Cline, features staff writer
For fans of a television series that comes to an end, it is very rare that they would get a second chance to see those characters onscreen again. However, for fans of the hit 90s show “Boy Meets World,” that chance is just on the horizon.
Creator of the show, Michael Jacobs, announced “Girl Meets World” in November 2012 following months of rumors. The buzz was further perpetuated by mysterious tweets from actors Ben Savage (Cory Matthews) and Danielle Fishel (Topanga Lawrence).
“Girl Meets World,” which will appear on Disney Channel, will follow Cory and Topanga’s teenage daughter as she attempts to navigate through junior high school. According to Entertainment Weekly, Jacobs did not want to create a straightforward reunion show, but rather a new show for modern audiences and a few familiar faces for the loyal “Boy Meets World” fans.
Savage and Fishel have confirmed that they will revive their roles, but it is still unclear whether or not other past cast members are joining them. However, Jacobs has said that many of the cast members have expressed interest.
The show, which is set to begin filming within the next month, centers on Riley Matthews, played by 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard. Blanchard is best known for her role in the 2011 film “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.” In a statement to Entertainment Weekly Jacobs said, “Rowan is real and accessible and I am hopeful this girl is about to meet a world that will love growing up with her as well.”
Riley Matthews will reportedly be more like one of her parents than the other, but Jacobs says bits of the other parent will come out in unexpected moments.
Joining Riley’s adventures will be her best friend Maya Fox, played by Sabrina Carpenter. Carpenter was most recently seen on “The Goodwin Games” and as the voice of Princess Vivian in “Sofia the First,” also on Disney Channel.
Other characters appearing on the new series include Elliott Matthews, Riley’s sporty older brother, Tristan Friar, a transfer student from Texas and Riley’s love interest, and Shamus Farkle, the resident genius. Although these characters contain small bits of past “Boy Meets World” characters, they will also be independent of the original characters.
The success of the show hinges on how well the pilot episode will do. With so many loyal fans of the original series tuning in, the new show will inevitably be subjected to countless comparisons and many fans may be disappointed if the show is not exactly the same as the one they remember. On her Tumblr account, Fishel encourages those fans to stay tuned.
“For those of you who knew and loved ‘Boy Meets World’ please allow this show to evolve as well. Stick with us. Give us a chance,” Fishel said.