One of the earliest entries in the recent wave of TV revival series, Girl Meets World premiered on the Disney Channel in 2014 to critical acclaim and quickly cemented itself as one of the network's top programs. A sequel series of sorts to classic TGIF-era sitcom Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World focused on Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard) - teen daughter of Boy Meets World super-couple Corey (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) - and her journey through school alongside friends Maya (Sabrina Carpenter), Lucas (Peyton Meyer) and Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis).
Unfortunately, not even ratings success was enough to save Girl Meets World from the reaper, as the sitcom was officially canceled earlier this month. Even prior to the official word though, things looked bleak, with the show's season 3 finale - appropriately titled Girl Meets Goodbye - having filmed way back in July, and not a peep being made by the network about a potential fourth season in the months before the hammer was finally dropped.
Thankfully, it looks like all might not be lost for Girl Meets World fans, as series creator Michael Jacobs told The Wrap today that he is currently in talks with other outlets about continuing the show.
“We are certainly having discussions, there are some interested platforms. I don’t think Girl should have been canceled. We signed to do four seasons. I thought we would be able to tell stories through four seasons. That’s the way we set it up. It was going to be a remarkable final year. But I understand, things end.”
Jacobs also discussed the potential continuation with TV Line, sharing some additional details about his thoughts on how to approach work in the TV business.
“There are talks underway, but we’re at the very very beginning stages. And I can tell you it’s because of the audience’s reaction to the cancellation that there is interest in other places. For anyone in show business, if you ask them why they’re doing something and they say they’re doing it for themselves, they won’t sustain long. Those that answer ‘We’re doing it for the audience’ and mean it, they sustain.”
While Jacobs' statement stresses that the talks are in the very, very early stages, what's perhaps more interesting is his statement to The Wrap that he "signed on to do four seasons" and had already planned out the final year. As a counterpoint, an inside source told The Wrap that Disney had agreed upfront to produce 3 seasons of Girl Meets World, with an option to order a fourth. If that is in indeed true, it would seem that Jacobs might have jumped the gun a bit in assuming that season 4 was a guarantee.
As for exactly when a final decision will be made on Girl Meets World's resurrection, Jacobs says talks likely won't extend for longer than three or four months. Interestingly, Jacobs says that he is re-calibrating his plans for making season 4 the final year of the show, as he doesn't find it likely that any platform would be eager to pick up a series that's on its way out. For now, fans probably shouldn't get their hopes up too high, at least not until something of a more concrete nature emerges.
Girl Meets World's remaining season 3 episodes air Fridays at 8pm on Disney Channel.