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Back to school! Girl Meets World Starts Filming Pilot! Check Out the Set (PHOTO)
We all know and love Boy Meets World from our childhood. (Or teenagerhood, or adulthood. You don’t have to ‘fess up — don’t worry.) We all saw ourselves in Cory Matthews as he learned valuable life lessons on his way from boyhood to manhood. Plus, more than a few of us had major crushes on Cory and/or actor Ben Savage. (You don’t gotta ‘fess that up neither!) Or maybe you were more of a Shawn Hunter/Rider Strong fan. Or a Topanga Lawrence/Danielle Fishel lover! Hey, there’s no telling with character/celeb crushes. In any case, the show ran for seven glorious seasons on ABC as part of their “TGIF” programming block (which we’re totally missing as we’re writing this on a Friday!).
So imagine, if you will, our unmitigated delight in November 2012 when news broke that Disney Channel was considering a sequel spin-off focusing on — decade-old spoiler alert! — Cory and Topanga’s 13-year-old daughter. The show, created by Boy Meets World creator Michael Jacobs, is called Girl Meets World. (Yep, that makes sense.)
And then imagine our maniacal glee upon hearing that Ben and Danielle would both reprise their roles on the show!
Then, in January 2013, the titular Girl got a face with the news that actress Rowan Blanchard would play the daughter, Riley Matthews. Rowan’s biggest credit at that point was the lead in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D. (Hey, don’t knock it: That movie had Aroma-scope.)
After that trickled in other casting news. Actress and singer Sabrina Carpenter was picked to play Riley’s best friend, Maya Fox. Teo Halm will play Elliott Matthews, Cory and Topanga’s older child. And Hollywood newbie Peyton Meyer will play Tristan Friar, a transfer student and potential romantic interest for Riley.
Rider Strong and Will Friedle stopped by the set recently to give their support! It's unclear whether they'll be involved with GMW, but we totally think that Rider's going to give in.
We’re definitely looking forward to this blast from the past!