'Girl Meets World' Series Set for 2014
Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will reprise their 'Boy Meets World" roles for the highly anticipated series, which finds the childhood sweethearts grown up and raising their 12-year-old daughter, Riley.
Rowan Blanchard, 11, of "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D" and "The Back-up Plan," has been cast to play Riley.
The new series, which is scheduled to premiere next year, will follow Riley and her best friend, Maya, played by "Sofia the First" actress Sabrina Carpenter, as they navigate middle school in New York City. They'll do so under the watchful eyes of Riley's parents: Cory is the girls' new history teacher and Topanga owns an after-school hangout known for its pudding.
"'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," executive producer Michael Jacobs, who also created its popular 1990s predecessor, said in a statement.
The popular coming-of-age sitcom "Boy Meets World" ran for seven seasons on ABC through 2000, showing the exploits of Cory, Topanga, Shawn and Will, and their families and friends, while helping countless teens deal with the awkwardness of their high school years.
And, of course, there was Mr. Feeney. William Daniels, who played the history teacher-turned-principal, is scheduled to appear in the first episode of "Girl Meets World."
Rider Strong, who played Shawn, and Will Friedle, who played Cory's underachieving brother, Eric, have also been spotted on the set of the new series.
"Boy Meets World and its story of adolescent self-discovery resonated with an entire generation of tweens," Disney Channels Worldwide executive vice president Adam Bonnett said in a statement. "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 … and building a memorable connection with a whole new generation of fans."
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