NEW YORK — When Ben Savage starred on ABC’s “Boy Meets World” for seven seasons in the ’90s, we saw his character Cory Matthews go from awkward sixth-grader to a college student married to his high-school sweetheart Topanga (Danielle Fishel.)
Fast-forward to present day and Disney Channel is airing a reboot, “Girl Meets World,” about Cory and Topanga’s daughter Riley, played by Rowan Blanchard, with Savage and Fishel reprising their roles. Its second season premieres at 8:30 p.m. today.
So, if “Girl” has a long run like its predecessor, will this Disney version address adult themes like “Boy Mets World” did?
“At the end of the day, we want to be the show that tells real life,” said 13-year-old Blanchard in a recent interview.
“If that time ever were to happen, I think we would be the show that would do it. I don’t want to make any promises but (creator, showrunner) Michael (Jacobs) is very, very passionate about writing real life.”
“We want to cover episode topics that kids deal with,” added Savage, “I will say that we’re covering topics about relationships and religion and family life and love and marriage and divorce and parenting so we’re really covering a wide array of issues that kids deal with.”
The second season rolls out more characters from “Boy Meets World,” such as Cory’s best friend Shawn (played by Rider Strong) and their beloved teacher Mr. Feeny, played by William Daniels, along with Will Friedle, who played Cory’s older brother Eric.
Savage said season one was meant to establish the show, but they’re now more comfortable mixing in past characters.
“I think it’s a wonderful thing that we’re able to kind of reintroduce these characters to a new audience while slowly letting our long-time viewers know what they’ve been up to. I think our audience appreciates that.”