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Here’s the best news yet concerning the Boy Meets World spin-off Girl Meets World: Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, original stars of Boy, are officially signed on for Girl!

TV Line broke the news which had been widely expected following reports at the start of this month that the pair were in early talks.

The new show will follow Cory and Topanga as a married couple raising their thirteen-year-old daughter named Riley, from whose perspective the story is told. We had first learned about their daughter via a casting call earlier this month.

Riley Matthews is described as “fiercely loyal to her friends, and spends most of her time juggling the obstacles that life throws her way, some of those being her father who is also her seventh grade history teacher, her mother who is Topanga, and her brother, Elliot, who is one grade older in school and in life experience and makes sure to always let her know it. But there is no obstacle in this girl’s world that can dampen her bright spirit and eternal optimism.”

Neither Riley nor Elliot have been cast yet. Boy Meets World creator Michael Jacobs is handling the project for Disney Channel. It has been 12 years since Boy Meets World ended on ABC.

A premiere date for Girl Meets World has not yet been set, but we’ll be closely following any and all developments!

How great is today’s ‘Girl Meets World’ casting news?

UPDATE: Savage and Fishel took to their social media accounts to talk about today’s news.

Savage tweeted:


Fishel went on Tumblr to talk about how support from the fans has “truly been awe inspiring.” She spoke about how that inspiration led them to make sure they’re developing a great show:

Making the decision to do the show involved more conversations than you can possible imagine. These conversations were with the same people I mentioned above because they were all instrumental in creating and maintaining the heart of BMW. The first comment out of every person’s mouth was, “Let’s only do it if we think we can create something as special as we did with BMW.”

When the news leaked that GMW was in the making, literally days after I first heard about the project myself, Michael Jacobs and I had a conversation and we talked about how we were both so blown away by the reactions from all of you. We felt honored. We felt nostalgic. We felt touched by the excitement in your comments, tweets, Tumblr, and Facebook posts. But most of all, we felt inspired. We felt inspired to bring these characters back to life and to tell you more of their stories. Michael said to me, “Danielle, when I read what people say BMW meant to them it makes me so very proud of all of us. I think it is important for us, for as long as we are fortunate enough to have this opportunity to do GMW, that we all look each other in the eyes every so often and make sure we know we have something of value to offer the audience.” I think we have that with GMW.

Read much more from Fishel on her Tumblr. We’re so glad to hear how much they care about getting this show right!

  • theaterboy1

    Best news EVER!!!! I can’t wait for this show!

  • Jill

    I’m so excited. Where is Shawn? If they don’t case Rider Strong then there better not be a Shawn at all. Enough said.

    • Shelby Walker

      What about Eric!? We need some Eric!

      • http://twitter.com/fluflu44 Mandy Brennan

        YES! We must have Eric! Crazy uncle Eric!

        • Megan

          You mean Plays With Squirrels? Yes, yes we need Eric!

    • isenhobbitz

      My friend actually met Rider Strong at a film festival. Though he is perfectly willing to sign things for and take pictures with Boy Meets World fans, he is trying to move on and do his own thing. He and his brother have mades some great short films though and I recommend looking them up. I believe one of them is going to become a feature film.

      • Marie

        Yeah, I doubt Rider would want to be a regular (although maybe he could come on occasionally? That would be nice!)

      • Anna

        Shawn has to at least show up for Christmas or something like that. A friendship like Corey, Shawn, and Topanga’s would have to last in some capacity to adulthood.

    • Lucija

      I also want some FE-FE-FE-FEEENNNNEEEEYYYYY!!!!!!

  • Emilee

    Sounds great!

  • Sunflowa

    Wow, it’s actually happening!! so excited about this!! I love Boy Meets World, and knowing that they’ve agreed to sign on gives me hope that Girl Meets World will be a good show!! :)

  • emgmpg

    I wonder how Fee-hee-nayy!!!! Is doing.

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    “Her mother who is Topanga,” possibly the best part about that description. We don’t know if she’s become the lawyer that she went to school for, just that she’s Topanga. Ahaha.

  • http://twitter.com/fluflu44 Mandy Brennan

    This is so exciting!!!! I cannot wait for this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646157207 Mary Elena

    Sugoi! that’s amazing!!!

  • Glaciusx

    Disney better not ruin this!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Hernandez/539018211 Diego Hernandez

      “Let’s only do it if we think we can create something as special as we did with BMW.”

  • PotterFan1029

    Sounds like it might be good, but Disney Channel is not that great anymore so this show should go to another network I think

    • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

      yeah, i’d like to see it on ABC Family instead, but either way i’ll probably watch it.

      • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

        isn’t ABC owned by Disney?

        • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

          yeah. i just mean compared to the TGIF version i watched and enjoyed as a kid, and based on the programming i’ve seen on the disney channel in the last 10 years, i’d like to see a version made for ABC Family. and i only say ABC Family because i’m not sure Girl Meets World would fit on a broadcast network today.

          • dlskin

            But if you do ABC Family you could have writing like in Secret Life :/

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

      Totally agree. Well when you name one of your shows “Ant Farm” What do you expect?
      Disney’s show have really gone down-hill.

  • http://twitter.com/emilyecstasyTM Emily Bryan

    Yes!!! I’m so excited! I hope this ends up being the best show Disney’s had in years!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaccss Alex Smith

    So does this mean Topanga was pregnant and due to give birth right when the original show ended?

  • jess

    What about Cory’s older brother? and they better have Rider Strong for Shawn.. and I thought this was coming to abc, not disney channel. I am going to feel so old watching this on Disney Channel… And really it’s been 12 years since it ended… I feel so old now.

  • Katiedora

    I am tentatively excited about this, knowing that the same creator is in charge. But if they don’t have at least a guest visit by Mr. Feeny, I don’t know what the point of all this is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ciara.white.524 Ciara White

    We just need all of them! Angela, Shawn, Eric, Jack, Feeney! AH! So excited! I watch the reruns EVERY MORNING while I get ready for the day and the shows never get old. Never. But I agree, all the originals need to come back, they are to vital the the story and the atmosphere of the show.

  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    is this real life? am i dead and all my dreams are coming true?

  • DarrlynM

    I want Shawn and Angela to be together in this!!! And for them to have a mocha baby ( my term for biracial baby) together

  • Corin Boswell

    This was one of my favorite shows growing up. Trying to explain this show to my 12 yr old made me feel a bit old though…

  • Marie

    They better bring Feeney back! And Eric, ideally.

  • http://twitter.com/BeccaPhoenix16 Liam I exist


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