‘Girl Meets World': Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel Returning as Cory and Topanga [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am,

boy meets world sequel cory topanga Girl Meets World: Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel Returning as Cory and Topanga [Updated]

[UPDATE: Danielle Fishel has posted her own statement about Girl Meets World.]

Just about every other person who came of age watching Boy Meets World back in the 1990s – or when the Disney Channel began reruns in the early 2000s – was hit by a strong wave of nostalgia when the story broke earlier this month that BMW co-creator (no pun) Michael Jacobs and the Mouse House are actively putting together a followup TV series, titled Girl Meets World.

GMW revolves around the 13-year-old daughter of (still) married couple Cory and Topanga Matthews. We’re currently waiting to learn any major plot details beyond that – though, it’s confirmed that Cory is now a junior high teacher, following in the footsteps of his ever-tormented mentor and neighbor George Feeny (William Daniels).

Everyone’s been waiting for confirmation that Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel are returning to portray the adult Cory and Topanga, seeing how the two literally grew up playing those roles throughout all seven seasons of BMW. In fact, at this point, it’s fair to say that fans of Jacob’s original coming-of-age sitcom would be up in arms if another pair of grown-up actors were recruited to portray those characters in Girl Meets World (Topanga’s parents, on the other hand…).

TV Line reports that Savage and Fishel have indeed signed on to return as parent-age Cory and Topanga. (Are you feeling old yet, members of Generation X?) There are still plenty of other Boy Meets World cast members who could/should make an appearance on Girl Meets World – be it crazy Uncle Eric (Will Friedle) or ‘Uncle Shawn’ (Rider Strong) – especially since, let’s face it: the majority of the audience that’s going to tune in for this series (initially) will be grown-up BMW fans yearning to see some familiar faces on the sidelines.

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On that note: it will be interesting to see whether or not Girl Meets World develops the sort of following that its predecessor did. Looking back, it’s all the more easy to see why Boy Meets World was successful: the show has likable leads, memorable supporting characters and manages to offer wholesome family entertainment without fully sugar-coating the lives of younger people (see: Cory’s frustrations with abstinence).

Can Girl Meets World manage a similar feat once nostalgia has worn off for Boy Meets World fans? It could be tricky, seeing how the tone of that series might end up closer to Disney Channel TV series from the past decade (ex. Hannah Montana) – or, alternatively, if the style doesn’t change, more cynical modern viewers might perceive it as too corny. As the wise man once said, we shall see…

Update: Fishel has posted the following statement (via Tumblr):

First of all, let me say that you, the fans of Boy Meets World, have been awesome. That word is often used incorrectly by people, including myself, on a daily basis but you have truly been awe inspiring. You, yes, even YOU, are the reason that Girl Meets World WILL BE MADE. J

I do not know how many BMW cast members will be returning for GMW, or how often they may appear if and/or when they do appear. I am going to do my best to not speak for others with this open post. But because I have known Michael Jacobs, Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Will Friedle, and Bill Daniels for 19 years, I know we share many of the same feelings regarding the 7 wonderful years we spent making BMW. Those years were among the most warm, hilarious, insightful, educational years of my life and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Another thing I wouldn’t trade for anything is the integrity and the heart with which BMW was made. I promise with the entirety of my heart that we will make GMW with the same honesty, innocence, and intelligence that you learned to expect from BMW.

I say this because 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.

I say that so that I can say this: GMW is a new show. It isn’t BMW brought back to life but in current day. It will have familiar faces, familiar themes, and familiar messages. It will also have new faces, new themes, and new messages. BMW never spoke down to the audience and we are going to do our best to never do that with GMW. But please keep in mind that this there will be episode 1, of season 1, of a brand new show. We started at the same place with BMW but we evolved and we evolved quickly. For those of you who knew and loved BMW, please allow this show to evolve as well. Stick with us. Give us a chance.

In the meantime, a sincere thank you to every one of you for all of your tweets (I read them all, every day. It killed me not to be able to talk about it!), even those of you who asked us not to do it. There were only a few of you but I know why you don’t want GMW to happen and I appreciate that BMW meant enough to you that you don’t want to see its legacy tarnished. I can assure you, we don’t want that either. Your love, dedication, and appreciation means more to us than you could ever know and it will be the driving force behind our passion to make the best show we can possibly make. Thank you for giving us the chance to do it again.



More on Girl Meets World as the story develops.

Source: TV Line 

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  1. Wow Charlie. Just wow. Wasn’t Cory Jewish? He sure looked it. I bet Jesus loved his furry jew fro.

  2. I loved. “BMW” I watched EVERY episode! I would love to know more about this please. Please let me know of any future shows. I love Topanga and Cory but I also think Shawn is great too :) I like the younger years of them but I like the older years better when they were all in college and Shawn’s older brother comes into the picture. I just love them all :)

  3. Charlie must hat gay people lol any way I’m so happy can’t wait

  4. this gave me cancer

    • good luck, i hope you won’t linger. maybe you should speed up the process?

  5. I think my toes are falling off and my knees are creaking. Yes, disney, repent! And batman beyond voice, Friedle, can stay in the “are you sure he’s alive?” category for me. I think my back is sore…

    • No will Fridle made the show he was so funny he must return

  6. Odd responses for this article and I’m guessing Charlie’s comment was deleted. This is Screen Rant yes but you just can’t come on here and rant in any fashion. There is boundaries. Anyway I’m excited for the new show.

    • Yeah, that was a bit confusing. They should indicate when a comment’s been deleted and for what reason.

  7. Can’t freaking wait I grew up watching bmw

  8. Danielle, I’m ecstatic to see GMW, as I still watch BMW today! I love it & have always loved it. You all are amazing & I love you all & wish for the best! I will tune in & watch GMW when it premieres & plan to stay a true fan!

  9. I am so excited for GMW! I watched BMW in high school when the re-runs came on since I was young in the ’90s, and I absolutely loved it! I never missed an episode. It was very inspiring and taught me a lot. Not too long ago, I was thinking that there are not too many good shows on anymore because they either don’t portray good morals and values or they have bad acting and are aimed at little kids, so I am so excited for GMW. Finally a new show to follow

  10. Booyah! Stoked istotally the word here! I grew up watching this and loved it so much! I hope everyone makes a return appearanc. The cast was great! The stories were fun! I am so looking forward to this!

  11. Fishel probably said the most important thing in her post. As much as we love BMW, we also have to realize that GMW is a brand new show so we can’t expect the story to focus on our beloved characters. I hope the majority of people understand that concept, because if they don’t, I can see how GMW can just blow up. As long as GMW has the same sense of humor and the same life lessons that they taught me when I was younger, I’ll be good. Because in all seriousness, kids’ TV shows, I think, teach children important life lessons in an almost unrealistic way–in a way where it becomes too hard or too corny to take in. A lot of kids I know are growing up disgraceful.

  12. Im not an adult but i used to watch boy meets world all the time when i was younger. Ive been watching the re runs lately. I love the show and wish that there were still shows like it.

  13. Omg omg omg omg ” only do it if it can be as special as the original ” ? Yesyesyes. I’m so excited it’s almost embarrassing.

    • You must really like that show lol. I am in love with oh my I can watch it for hours

  14. hello, we loved bmw and we look forward to watchin gmw, n im sure you will be equal in the level of entertainment as bmw. and will develope equal if not more fan base, thank you jansr..

  15. Boy Meets World was literally the best show I have ever seen growing up. I think we need more shows like BMW now adays, the shows now, well I just get the feeling they are making kids dumber…..BMW was comedic and also could teach you “life” lessons. Make you think about serious things and challenge your brain. In no way can I say that about Disney shows now.

  16. I love boy meet world I am 12 in like it Cory cool I hop the gmw is good

  17. I am 14 and watch reruns of BMW on abc family and have seen every episode there is! I can NOT wait to start watching GMW because I LOVED BMW! Good luck to you all and i do hope that GMW is successful!

  18. My husband and I grew up watching BMW and were so happy to hear that GMW is going to be coming now also! I cannot wait to see it! We just had a little boy and cannot wait for him to grow up with this show also!

  19. I just hope they don’t make this aimed at little kids… it worries me that it is on Disney Channel. I LOVE BMW and just bought the entire box set so I can rewatch it (for the 10th time), and want it to stay a show that all ages can enjoy. I think a good approach to this show would be to use modern dilemmas, and that might be hard to do on disney channel. Really, how could you have an episode about Riley considering asking her mother for Birth control on disney channel? BMW put audience members in tough positions morally and I loved that. The episodes where Corey’s dad wouldn’t let them move back home after the wedding???? I don’t think Disney Channel is tough enough to handle these types of issues anymore.

  20. Robyn, I think you’re right. It will be very hard for the Disney channel to tackle the problems our young people are facing today. I hope they do find a way though or the show might not meet our expectations.

  21. Super duper excited. I hope Angela comes back too!

  22. I just hope girl meets world on Disney channel will be success and if it is girl meets world will be the only show that teaches life lessons I’m glad good shows is slowly making a comeback !

  23. I don’t think i could be more excited unless they said the same thing about fresh prince of bel air lol it’s a fabulous thing creating this show, continue on Cory and topanga lol

  24. when will this Air on Disney?
    I am 27 and I watch every Morning Monday-Friday on ABC Family Boy Meets World.
    I don not want to miss Girl meets world first episode.
    Please just tell us when it will air, month, day, in 2013 and stop hesitating to tell a month, a day, in 2013 when this will air on disney.

    I grew up on Disney and Boy Meets World.

  25. First of all let me say this…I loved,love & will always treasure BMW! I recently acquired the entires series & I couldn’t be happier. I hold everyone that was an integral part of the show so close
    to my heart, I mean,this people are like
    family to me. I see them as brothers and sisters &
    knowing that there’s a spin-off of the show, GMW, I can’t wait for it to start. There’s no doubt in my mind that this show will be as great as BMW. I’m happy that I’m going to see Cory & Topanga again & would be even more thrilled if some of the other cast members would appear for cameo appearances. I want to let you know that you have a loyal fan in me…for life! Like I said before, I can’t wait for GMW to start & I know that once I see Ben & Danielle again…nostalgia will hit me like a ton of bricks, thinking of the old show. This is a new beginning however, for Cory,Toppanga & for us your devoted and loyal fans as well. Thank
    you all & God bless you!

    irl mets world”

  26. Loved the show loved all the characters especially will Fridle, Eric Mathews he was so funny really hope the show picks up I own all 7 seasons :-)

  27. I love this show I watch it ever day Cory and topanga are so cute together I can not what for girl meets world

  28. I think it is great to see couple back on tv