Ben Savage says that after years of Boy Meets World “movie-of-the-week” reunion rumors and the like, discussions about that which would evolve into Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World sequel series heated up in recent months, leading to the pilot news first reported by TVLine in November.
“There was a lot of discussions and a lot of conversations to make sure we were all on the same page about what we were doing,” Savage tells RollingStone.com.
Savage says that conferring with costar Danielle Fishel, who will again play Topanga to his Cory, and “making sure… that we felt right about it” played a key role in each of them signing on for the follow-up. He also likes the premise — which will follow the married high school sweethearts’ teen daughter — because it’s “very poetic … passing it off to the next generation.”
But earning the blessing of the original generation that holds Boy Meets World close to their nostalgia-loving hearts is perhaps the greatest consideration.
“[There] a lot of people who are worried that the show won’t hold up… that we shouldn’t do it because it’s going to ruin a lot of their childhood memories. And I totally can understand that,” Savage says. “But we’re … doing everything we can to make sure that this is going to be something special and funny. Hopefully it’ll make new memories for a new generation.”
Savage, like Fishel (who last week weighed in on GMW via her blog), thus far is mum on whom else might be involved in the follow-up. (Rider Strong aka Shawn, for one, recently shared that he thus far as “no official involvement.”)
“I don’t want to give away too many details,” Savage hedged, “but there’s definitely been discussions about some of everyone’s favorite characters popping up in the show and making appearances.”