'Boy Meets World' star: We want sequel to have 'the same heart and integrity'
"Boy Meets World" fever is sweeping the nation! No, we haven't time-traveled back to the '90s, but a nostalgic mood seems to have taken over the TV world since it was announced that the Disney Channel is rebooting the popular series with "Girl Meets World," which will bring original stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel back as fan-favorite couple Cory and Topanga.
Fishel called into Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Dec. 14 to dish on the highly anticipated reboot and says, "I think everyone is a little nostalgic for that family-friendly innocent fun again!"
When the news broke that Disney would be restarting the franchise with Fishel and Savage reprising their beloved roles, the fan response was, to put it mildly, insanely and wildly positive. "It was really surprising and humbling and amazing," Fishel says of the response. "It got us all very excited. We had a lot of conversations and we all felt very nostalgic."
And Fishel assures us that longtime fans will not be let down by "Girl Meets World," which will pack just as much as heart as its predecessor. "If we're going to try and bring it back, we want to bring it back with the same heart and integrity and innocence that the first one had," she explains. "We're going to make sure we don't let anybody down."
So why does Fishel think "Boy Meets World," which ended in 2000, has had such a lasting impression on so many people? "We always treated the kids that were watching the show like they were smart and they could get what was going on and they understood the messages; we didn't have to beat it over your head," she says, praising creator Michael Jacobs and the rest of the writers for their work. "I think people held onto that."
The new series will follow Cory and Topanga's 13-year-old daughter Riley (the part has yet to be cast), and Fishel says she's super excited to take on the role of a mother. "I'm coming back as a mom, which is really exciting because I've always wanted to be a mom and I'm not one in my real life," Fishel explains. "When I think back about when we started 'Boy Meets World' in '93, so almost 20 years ago, I was 12. The idea that I now get to see another young girl who is about the same age I was 20 years ago starting in her own career is really exciting."
Of course, the project has yet to be picked up to series and is in the "very early stages," but Fishel says, "We should know more by the beginning of next year. That's when we're hoping to go into production."
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