Girl Meets World: Disney Channel Officially Orders Boy Meets World Spin-Off Seriesby Clarissa / June 18, 2013
The Disney Channel has given the official go-ahead to the new Girl Meets World series, the continuation of the 1990s family show Boy Meets World starring Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel. The show, created by Boy Meets World executive producer Michael Jacobs, stars 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard as the girl — Riley Matthews — 14-year-old Sabrina Carpenter (“Sofia the First” voice cast and a newly signed Hollywood Records recording artist) as her best friend Maya, and Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage reprising the “Cory and Topanga” roles they played in the original sitcom.
Adam Bonnett, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide said, “Boy Meets World’ and its story of adolescent self discovery resonated with an entire generation of tweens. In the same way audiences fell in love with Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence, we look forward to introducing our viewers to their daughter Riley Matthews in Girl Meets World and building a memorable connection with a whole new generation of fans.”
EP Michael Jacobs said “Jacobs said, “I am grateful to everyone at Disney Channel for the opportunity to reach my favorite audience, which has always been kids. 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.”
The new family sitcom is set in New York City, where 7th grader Riley and her quick-witted friend Maya are embarking on their middle school experience. But Riley’s plans for independence are slightly tempered by her father, who just happens to be their new History teacher. Meanwhile, Topanga owns a popular afterschool hangout that specializes in pudding.