Girl Meets World Cuts Cory/Topanga's Teen Son

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Disney Channel’s much-anticipated follow-up to ABC’s Boy Meets World has trimmed the Matthews family by one, dropping the character of the titular girl’s big brother Elliot, who was to be played by Teo Halm.

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The 13-year-old Halm shared his sad news on Saturday night, via Twitter. TV mom Danielle Fishel promptly responded.

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This leaves Cory and Topanga’s tweenage daughter Riley with just a kid brother, Louis, played by August Maturo.

UPDATE: A Disney Channel rep confirms for TVLine Halm’s departure, explaining: “Various creative changes are often made as a project transitions from pilot to series.”

GMW is set to premiere sometime in 2014.



Comments (36)

  • Aww so sad! Would’ve been great for them to have 3 kids.

    Comment by Chelle's Reflections – October 6, 2013 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • When I read this, I immediately thought of Happy Days and poor Chuck Cunningham. He was there, dribbling a basketball on the kitchen table, and the next minute, he disappears. No one mentions poor Chuck, again.

    Comment by Kathy – October 6, 2013 11:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If you watch “Lost” very carefully the mystery of Chuck’s disapperance is explained. I think the specific episode is season 5 episode 3.

      Comment by Jon – October 6, 2013 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show was never about him it was there daughter

    Comment by Joe – October 6, 2013 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Right, just like the original was “about” Cory, not Eric. But what would Boy Meets World have been without Will Friedle?

      Comment by Ryan – October 6, 2013 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The original show did this too though. Morgan disappeared for several episodes and then came back older and a different actress. The show made a joke about it in a line from Corey and moved on.

        Comment by wooster182 – October 6, 2013 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • The original actress for the little sister came back in later seasons.

          Comment by admore1 – October 7, 2013 04:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • No, she didn’t.

            Comment by Aprilcot – October 7, 2013 06:07 AM PDT  
          • no she didn’t. the original actress said she’d like to come back in some form on girl meets world.

            Comment by Dee Hines – October 9, 2013 06:38 PM PDT  
  • If people try to figure out the math he wouldn’t have fit into the timeline anyways. However the mothership show skipped a few years too, so it wouldn’t have mattered.

    I think he would have been a nice fit to the show, sad to see the character cut.

    Comment by David4 – October 6, 2013 11:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too much work for the writers, I guess.

    Comment by TobyG. – October 6, 2013 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aww sad news. Would’ve preferred to see the show having an older brother instead of a younger one. I can already see the cheesy, unfunny jokes that come with having a small kid on a comedy, whereas the older brother could’ve kept in the tradition of Cory and Shawn both having an awesome older brother.

    Comment by ems – October 6, 2013 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can see how the dynamic of having the lead be an oldest child makes things more interesting, both for her and for her parents.
    Still, it’s always sad to hear about a cast member being cut in the 11th hour, especially a kid.

    Comment by wordsmith – October 6, 2013 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah, the timeline really didn’t make sense. But oh well. I guess there won’t be an Eric in this version.

    Comment by james – October 6, 2013 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But that’s how the Boy Meets World universe works. They went from sixth grade to twelfth grade in just four years. Eric went from being three or four years older than cory to just two years older.

      Comment by Williwasnt – October 6, 2013 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They probably scrapped the character because Disney already has/had 2 shows with that sibling dynamic, Wizards of Waverly Place and Good Luck Charlie. In regards to family-situational comedy/drama they would have been unintentionally recycling a lot of that material from the two shows, and as they were both relatively recent shows, Girl Meets World probably didn’t feel as fresh as they wanted. So they likely changed the family dynamic to eliminate the problem.

    Comment by Cristina – October 6, 2013 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • michael jacobs is writing this show not the disney crew ‘it’s a laugh productions’ so it wont be unfunny childish dribble like the disney shows.

      Comment by lilk – March 19, 2014 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I had a feeling something like this would happen when they added a little brother to the cast. I would have liked to see them as the parents of a teenage son, to see Corey match wits with him because Corey has been down that road of teenage guy experience before.

    Comment by Tori – October 6, 2013 02:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think he would’ve been a nice fit to the show, its unfortunate they had to a character. Even though the original show wasn’t focused on the supporting characters. The show did use the supporting characters to help touch on some life lessons as a whole.

    Comment by AMCPress – October 6, 2013 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “The show did use the supporting characters to help touch on some life lessons as a whole.”

      I agree with this, but I have to say that if they add another sibling it should be a girl. They should explore sisterhood the way Boy Meets World explored brotherhood.

      Comment by Wesley – October 7, 2013 03:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They probably did this so there will be room for Cory and Topanga to have another child later on..

    Comment by Amz – October 6, 2013 05:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I like this idea. I would love to see Cory and Topanga go through that. It’s great that we get to see them with kids, but we didn’t see all of the reactions and see Topanga go through the pregnancy and all the stuff that comes from that. I think that would be pretty great to see.

      Comment by Stacie – October 6, 2013 07:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • stacie : i’d like to see that too but the show CANT bc it is about riley and how she deals with things. Remember when amy/alan were pregnant and amy had joshua prematurely ? we saw it through corey’s eyes. He had faith baby joshua would be ok just like he had faith that topanga and he would marry him.rewatch episodes “my baby’s valentine”s and” resurrection” from feb 1999.

        Comment by lilk – March 19, 2014 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope they recast because she should have an older sibling like on Boy Meets World

    Comment by Ram510 – October 6, 2013 09:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hopefully they can fit the kid into the show in some way. I can’t imagine how much it would suck to be cast on a highly-anticipated show only to get cut at the end.

    Comment by Kavyn – October 7, 2013 06:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i was excited about Teo Halm being on Girl Meets World to see a guy around my age and a cute one would have made me less embarrassed about seeing a disney show, i wonder how its gonna be without a older brother to look after you

    Comment by sad – October 9, 2013 06:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why would you be embarassed to watch Disney? Do you not know disney has a lot of older viewers? You should never be ashamed to watch a good channel. Unless you’re watching Teletubbies, then hide.

      Comment by Maci – October 29, 2013 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • MESSAGE TO ALL IDIOTS/12 YEAR OLDS!!! They have been doing this kind of thing since the beginning of movie and later, Tv shows!! They probably even cut some people from Boy Meets World before it started!! GET OVER IT!!! WHO CARES!?!?!!!!!

    Comment by JohnS. – October 17, 2013 07:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Obviously you care. Lol. Otherwise you wouldn’t have taken the time to post that.

      Comment by Maci – October 29, 2013 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will the director should of thought this through a little way before they even shoot the first episode it didn’t even made any sense to have a older son it made more sense if the son was a lilttle younger this show was suppose to be about the daughter !

    Comment by Kim – November 7, 2013 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kinda sad. I was looking forward to seeing how their relationship was. Now we will never know.

    Comment by Stacie – November 13, 2013 09:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHAT!!!!!!!!! Im aredy VERY mad at disney and me and my mom were watching boy meets world just today and if teo halm dosent come on the show i will be even MADDER at disney what would boy meets world be without eric?? Im to mad to even say anything else whatever!!!!!!!

    Comment by Kaylee – November 15, 2013 10:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What !!!

    Comment by Sarah P. Bell – January 8, 2014 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe they cut the older brother because it wouldn’t make sense for Cory and Topanga to have an older son. Think about it, if Riley is 13 then the older son would have been born during Boy Meets World and he wasn’t. So it wouldn’t make sense. If Topanga does have another child, it should be a girl.

    Comment by Colleen – January 25, 2014 09:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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