Disney Channel has officially ordered the Boy Meets World spinoff, Girl Meets World, to series.
The network announced Monday that the pilot had been ordered, although it has yet to decide how many episodes to order. Whatever the decision, production on the comedy will begin this summer, with a series premiere scheduled for 2014.
“Boy Meets World and its story of adolescent self discovery resonated with an entire generation of tweens,” Disney ChannelWorldwide’s original programming executive vice president, Adam Bonnett, said in a statement.
“In the same way audiences fell in love with Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence, we look forward to introducing our viewers to their daughter Riley Matthews in Girl Meets World and building a memorable connection with a whole new generation of fans.”
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World star Rowan Blanchard was cast to play Riley Matthews in January, winning the role after a nationwide casting search. Michael Jacobs, who’ll be producing the spinoff, said he knew the 11-year-old was the right choice to play the beloved TV couple’s daughter.
“As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews,” Jacobs said. “Rowan is real and accessible and I am hopeful this girl is about to meet a world that will love growing up with her as well.”
Girl Meets World is set in New York City, where Riley is in seventh grade with her best friend, Maya Fox (Sabrina Carpenter). Cory (Ben Savage) is a history teacher at his daughter’s school, and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) owns a restaurant that is a popular after school spot that specializes in pudding.
The pilot will see the return of Mr. Feeny (William Daniels), a world history teacher, and later a college professor in the original series. However, there is no word on whether he’ll be working at the school along with his former student, Cory.
Michael Jacobs has said there is a strong chance that Rider Strong will be back as Cory’s best friend, Shawn Hunter. Initially, Strong said he didn’t think he would be back, but now it seems he’ll be be back. This time, Strong hopes he’ll be a little happier.
“I feel like Shawn was destined for tragedy. I mean, gosh, they killed my father, my mother abandoned me, my girlfriend and I broke up at the end of the show,” he said. “They really just made Shawn’s life hell. It would be good if he’s in trouble but in general is happy.”
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