Nellie Andreeva

Disney Channel has picked up comedy pilot Girl Meets World to series. The project, a sequel to the TGIF ABC comedy Boy Meets World, has been on a fast track to the Disney Channel schedule since November when word of the idea leaked, catching fire online and sparking huge interest from fans. Girl Meets World, co-starring the original series’ Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, was created by Boy Meets World creators Michael Jacobs and April Kelly and is executive produced by Jacobs. It has a premise similar to the ABC series, which centered on Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) and his best friend Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong) as they navigate sixth grade with the help of their longtime teacher George Feeny (William Daniels) as well as on Cory’s relationship with his family. As its title suggests, Girl Meets World switches the point of view from male to female. It centers on Cory and Topanga’s daughter Riley Mathews (Rowan Blanchard), a curious and bright 7th grader, and her her quick-witted best friend Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) embark on an unforgettable middle school experience. In this case, Riley’s dad is their new History teacher and her mom owns a trendy afterschool hangout that specializes in pudding. Mr. Feeny also is back as Daniels reprised his role in the pilot, directed by John Whitesell. “Girl Meets World is a new show for a new generation that will be rooted in the same kind of honest, comedic storytelling about coming of age and the importance of family and friendship that made Boy Meets World so popular,” Jacobs said. Production on the multi-camera series will begin this summer in Los Angeles for a 2014 premiere on Disney Channel.

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