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The More I See Of Girl Meets World, The Less Excited I Am About It

Girl Meets World Cory and Topanga video 2014

Ever since the the Boy Meets World spin-off was announced, ’90s kids have been high on nostalgia over the idea of revisiting their favorite characters. But the more I see of Girl Meets World, the more I’m realizing just how disappointing this show is bound to be. That includes this new behind-the-scenes look at the show from Access Hollywood.

My first reaction to the video was how little Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) have aged since the show ended. I think there was something in the famous person water in the ’90s that stopped aging. John Stamos obviously drank a lot of the stuff, as evidenced by his Benjamin Button syndrome. I also noticed that something rather strange is happening in Ben’s nose area. It’s not so obvious from straight-on, but once he turns to the side the Portia de Rossi plastic surgery alarms start going off in my head.

Once I got past how those two are looking, I got a glimpse at the show itself, and interviews with the young cast members. And it started to sink in that this will be a kid show. On the Disney Channel. We all know what kind of shows Disney Channel has been putting out these days. Sometimes I accidentally switch to the network for just a split second and my eardrums are accosted with unnecessary shouting. As fun as it is to see the cast members reunite years later, the show itself will likely only satisfy our nostalgia for like five minutes before we can’t stand it anymore.

It doesn’t help that looking at Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter, the titular “girl” and her Shawn-esque best friend, all I can think is that they’ll eventually become former Disney stars. As we’ve seen time and time again, “former Disney star” is a title that often comes with a lot of problems. I could maybe handle all this if it were just for the sake of an hour-long reunion special, but turning it into a whole series is looking like a worse and worse idea, at least in terms of appealing to the twenty-somethings who watched the original. I suppose a new generation might be able to appreciate it, but wouldn’t they be better served just being introduced to Boy Meets World?

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  • Jenni

    Not to get cocky, but I called this months ago! I really think our generation’s going to be so disappointed by this remake. Sometimes nostalgia should just stay nostalgia.

  • Shef

    This show will be great. Michael Jacobs, Ben, Danielle, old writers and crew are back. It’s for a new generation as they stated countless times. I’m 22 and I will watch every episode. This show is already blowing other shows out of the water as the amazing reviews from the live taping we received on our website.

    • Jill O’Rourke

      I’d like it to turn out to be good, I just personally don’t have high hopes.

    • Shef

      Then please wait until the show comes out and watch some episodes. Then again, Boy Meets World took 1-2 seasons before it found itself and got better. It’s not fair to judge until the show actually comes out and you watch several episodes.

    • Dave

      But didn’t you just say the show will be great? Aren’t you doing exactly what you’re saying Jill shouldn’t do? Judging it before the show actually comes out?

  • Madison

    His nose! All I can think of is the child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

    http://stinglikeabeevan.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/chittychitty.jpg (Sorry, I don’t quite have the mastery of the interwebs yet.)

    • Jill O’Rourke

      That is sadly a very accurate comparison.

  • jake

    I just wish it was on ABC family in of Disney for that reason I think it going to suck

  • Super Perfect

    So, wait, the whole reason you aren’t excited is because of the current disney product? I have a lot more faith in the writers (Michael Jacobs, Mark Blutman among others who also worked on BMW) than to just succumb into disney demands. remember, disney came to michael jacobs, not the other way around. If disney wanted to just make the show the way they wanted it to be made, michael jacobs wouldn’t have signed on, and neither would Danielle Fishel or Ben Savage. If you honestly expected it to be emphasis on Boy instead of Girl, then you shouldn’t have set yourself up like that. OF course its going to be based on Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter, otherwise it’d be like Boy Fathers Girl or something like that.