TV: "Girl Meets World," The TGIF Reboot

Girl Meets World TV Show

she can’t believe it’s Friday.

From fashion, with flirty floral patterns making a comeback, to film, like The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘s perfectly era-specific soundtrack, the Nineties are experiencing a mega pop culture renaissance.

Television is no exception, and while old favorites such as superhero sweethearts the Powerpuff Girls have rumors swirling about their resurgence, one certainty has had former Friday night sitcom fans psyched for its return. TGIF (or whatever day it will be on):  ABC’s charming coming-of-age comedy Boy Meets World is getting a reboot.

Initially, the idea of reworking the successful series was lacking support from key players, like Michael Jacobs.  The BMW creator, who is executive producing the new show explained, “There’s a natural reticence to want to try and attempt something that you’ve been really lucky enough to do once.” But he quickly realized the potential in exploring the “new generation of kids, that live in a much more difficult world.”

However, Jacobs was insistent that revisiting the characters couldn’t turn into a one-note sequel of the sitcom, which he felt would play too much like a reunion for the series.  “A reunion show that’s one and done,” he said. Instead, he called on the former show’s beloved couple and main characters, Cory and Topanga, to serve as supporting characters for a new lead, their daughter Riley. Jacobs believes the formula is irresistible: “… to actually take the children of Cory and Topanga and watch on two levels [as they] grow up and as Cory and Topanga keep growing up, I can’t resist that. I can’t resist that and I’m very hopeful the audience won’t resist it either.” Girl Meets World, the spinoff series appears aptly titled.

After seeing them grow up together, it will definitely be a trip to watch the awkward ol’ gang navigate the ups and downs of parenthood in the Facebook era. Is the Boy Meets World reboot a risky endeavor or surefire hit? Will you tune in? Casandra Armour

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