This was moments before the experiment in creating static electricity went horribly awry.
by Luke Goldstein
Rumors percolated around the edges of Hollywood sites for months about the possible resurgence of one of the most beloved TV shows in the 90′s, Boy Meets World. Running from 1993-2000 this lovable sitcom followed lead character Cory Matthews through his adolescent years, dealing with big brothers, best friends, passionate mentors and of course, his first and only true love. These are universal themes and most sitcoms of the time tried to hit them, but Boy Meets World did it with sincerity, honesty and harmless humor without shying away from some of the more hard-hitting topics of growing up.
Yet, with something so loved and cherished in our junior high memories, do we really want to see it dug back up and dusted off? Is there still an audience for this? Will they gain new fans or just disappoint the old ones? Valid questions for sure, but we have a nice peek into the thoughts of some of the people involved in the resurrection and reincarnation currently billed as Girl Meets World.
A Tumblr is now live supposedly from Danielle Fishel, aka Topanga (it isn’t completely verified as her yet, but seems legit) where she responds to the hopes, fears and all the amazing support she has seen from the fans of the original series. She makes a very well thought out statement on fears about the quality of the new project:
GMW is a new show. It isn’t BMW brought back to life but in current day. It will have familiar faces, familiar themes, and familiar messages. It will also have new faces, new themes, and new messages. BMW never spoke down to the audience and we are going to do our best to never do that with GMW. But please keep in mind that this there will be episode 1, of season 1, of a brand new show. We started at the same place with BMW but we evolved and we evolved quickly. For those of you who knew and loved BMW, please allow this show to evolve as well. Stick with us. Give us a chance.
To some that could sound desperate, but I think it shows an honest and open view into what the TV landscape has become. So many shows get cancelled within minutes of their pilot not drawing in huge numbers. Viewers constantly shift to the next new thing without letting something develop, learn and adapt to find its strengths. Surely not every cancelled show was diamond in the rough like Boy Meets World, but who’s to say what we have missed out on.
If they can bring back those same people who will treat this program with the same respect and honor they did with the original, this could be something worth sticking around for.
As to the premise, for those who haven’t heard, I believe this story will follow Cory and Topanga and their teenage daughter (she’ll be the “Girl” meeting the world).
What do you think? Should this be brought back? Are you already convinced it will fail?