Today In Disney History ~ June 3rd
Girl Meets World is an American coming of age television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly that premiered on Disney Channel on June 27, 2014, and ended on January 20, 2017. Jacobs also served as the executive producer of the series.
The series is a sequel to Boy Meets World, which aired on ABC from 1993 to 2000 and followed the fictitious upbringing of Cory Matthews and his relationship with Topanga Lawrence. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga, respectively, and are now living in New York City as parents of Riley Matthews, and their younger son Auggie. The series centers around the life of Riley and her friends and family, particularly their school life, in which Cory is their history teacher. Riley shares a strong relationship with her best friend Maya Hart, who assists her in learning to cope with the social and personal issues of adolescence. Several Boy Meets World cast members made appearances in the series, reprising their roles from Boy Meets World.
In November 2012, it was reported that Disney Channel was in the early stages of development of a follow-up series titled Girl Meets World, which would center on Cory and Topanga’s 12-year-old daughter Riley. The original idea for the series was developed by Corey Marsh, an executive director at Disney Channel, who approached Michael Jacobs, co-creator of Boy Meets World, to produce a similar series for a new generation of children as executive producer and showrunner. The idea was to create a modern version of the show from a different perspective to the original. On November 26, 2012, it was confirmed by Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel that they would be reprising their roles as Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence-Matthews in the series. In February 2013, it was announced that Michael Jacobs had reached out to all of the former Boy Meets World cast members to take part in the new series. On June 17, 2013, Disney Channel officially greenlit a series order for Girl Meets World, which began production that summer. On January 23, 2014, the first season order was increased from its initial 13-episode count to 20 in order to make a full season. On May 2, 2014, a full trailer for Girl Meets World was released. On May 21, 2014, the pilot episode became available as a preview to users on the various Watch Disney Channel mobile and television apps which require TV Everywhere authentication to watch. Following the TV premiere of the pilot, the episode Girl Meets Sneak Attack was made available via the apps. On June 13, 2014, the pilot was made available for free on iTunes. On August 6, 2014, Girl Meets World was renewed for a second season by Disney Channel. The second season premiered on May 11, 2015. The third season of Girl Meets World was announced on November 25, 2015. Production began in January 2016 and the season premiered on June 3, 2016.
On January 4, 2017, the series’ writers stated on their group Twitter account that they were informed by Disney Channel that the series would not be renewed for a fourth season. Viewers of the series led a fan campaign appealing to Netflix to renew the program, noting that as the characters aged, the show was beginning to outgrow Disney Channel’s target demographic. Jacobs expressed “I don’t think Girl should have been cancelled” and stated he would be interested in continuing the series, revealing that the process was in its “beginning stages” with “interested platforms”. The cancellation of the series sparked attention in the media. Janelle Okwodu of Vogue reported that the announcement “sent shockwaves through social media—in part because it meant one less realistic depiction on-screen of what it is to be a young woman”. Of the series, TVLine reporter Andy Swift suggested that it “maybe shouldn’t have been canceled so soon into its run”, and Brandon Katz of Forbes commented “the series laid out countless positive moral lessons for its young viewers”. Bustle reporter Sabienna Bowman described the program as a “landmark show”, stating, “Girl Meets World captured the hearts of the bright, socially aware generation who have grown up in the age of social media”, while commending how it dealt with issues centered around young women.
After five months of searching for a viable network, on May 3, co-creator Jacobs confirmed that Girl Meets World is officially dead and there will be no fourth season.
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