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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rowan Blanchard to Star in Girl Meets World

Written by Kyle Slagley


If you don’t know which ‘90s TV series I’m referencing, then you missed out on one of that decade’s best shows – hands down. For children of the ‘90s, Boy Meets World was one of those shows that profoundly impacted the way you looked at life.

Corey Matthews (Ben Savage) and Topanga Lawrence (Danielle Fishel) provided real-time guidance on issues like school, dating, jobs, and even death; and as the characters grew up, so did their audience. Beginning in 8th grade, the show follows the two kids and their friends through seven seasons of high school, the transition to college, and finally into marriage.

We haven’t heard much from Corey and Topanga since they signed off in 2000, but it seems only fitting that the children of the children of the ‘90s may have their own chance to grow up with Clan Matthews. After weeks of teasers about the new spinoff series Girl Meets World, it has finally been announced that Rowan Blanchard (Spy Kids 4 – All The Time In The World, The Back-Up Plan) will play Riley Matthews, the 13-year-old daughter of Corey and Topanga.

The pilot episode will likely begin production in February, and speculations are that it will easily be green-lighted to series on the Disney Channel. Don’t rush for your DVR just yet, though; the series wouldn’t make it to TV screens until the 2013-2014 season.

Now for the question I know you’re asking yourself: Will we get to see Mr. Feeny? The short answer: don’t count on it. William Daniels, who played the history-teacher-slash-life-coach to both Corey and his brother Eric, has yet to comment on the new spinoff despite requests from the media, leading speculators to believe he has declined any offer to participate. Rider Strong, who played Shawn Hunter, has stated that he also has no official participation.

While you may pass the time hoping for guest spots from the likes of Feeny, Shawn, Angela, and Jack, I will be wondering what Riley’s personality is going to be like. With the dual influences of Corey’s geek and Topanga’s hippie-chic, it should be interesting, to say the least.

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