Families were definitely tuning into the Disney Channel Friday night as 5.7 million viewers came under the spell of the network’s 8 P.M. original movie Zapped, becoming 2014-to-date’s No. 1 cable TV telecast among kids 2-11 (2.9 million/7.3 rating), kids 6-11 (2.3 million/9.6 rating) and tweens 9-14 (2.1 million/8.7 rating). The movie also delivered nearly 1.3 million Adults 18-49. But the watching didn’t stop there: At 9:45 PM, the premiere of comedy series Girl Meets World drew 5.2 million viewers, ranking as the No. 1 series launch of 2014 among the youth demos in kids 2-11 (2.3 million/5.7 rating), kids 6-11 (1.8 million/7.7 rating) and tweens 9-14 (1.7 million/6.9 rating). Zapped, directed by Peter DeLuise, follows 16 year-old Zoey Stevens (Shake It Up‘s Zendaya), a skilled dancer and straight-A student who is dealing with a new high school, a klutzy dance squad and a new step family. Her life changes when a dog training app on her phone takes control of the boys around her. A twist on the ABC sitcom Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World tells stories from a tween girl’s P.O.V. Series is exec produced by Michael Jacobs and stars Rowan Blanchard as Riley Matthews, the tween daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews (Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel reprising their roles from the original series).
Disney Channel has slotted its new comedy series Girl Meets World and original movie Zapped to bow on Friday, June 27. Zapped, starring actress and recording artist Zendaya (Shake It Up), will air at 8 PM Friday, June 27,as a lead-in to Girl Meets World at 9:45 PM. Girl Meets World, a sequel to TGIF ABC comedy Boy Meets World, has a similar premise to the original series, but, as the title suggests, this is from a girl’s perspective. Rowan Blanchard is introduced as Riley Matthews, the tween daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews, and Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel reprise their roles from the original series which aired on ABC from 1993-2000.
Zapped tells the story of Zoey, a girl whose well-ordered life is up-ended when her mother remarries and she finds herself part of a family composed of rambunctious, chaotic, and most of all, messy boys – and a male dog, to boot.She finds salvation when she unwittingly comes into possession of a smartphone app that magically controls boys. Spencer Boldman (Lab Rats) stars as Jackson, the one guy at school who stands apart from everyone else. Chanelle Peloso, Emilia McCarthy and Adam DiMarco co-star. Peter DeLuise directs. Check out the trailers here:
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 …
The beloved teacher has joined Disney Channel’s pilot for Girl Meets World, a potential reboot/followup to the ABC series Boy Meets World. William Daniels will reprise the signature role as Mr. Feeny, Deadline confirmed. Boy Meets World stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel were already aboard as grownup versions of their characters Cory and Topanga. The followup observes the world from the perspective of their daughter Riley, played by Rowan Blanchard. Project is from Michael Jacobs, co-creator/exec producer of the original show that ran on ABC from 1993 through 2000. (Photo of Daniels with Maitland Ward from the original series via Instagram)
‘Boy Meets World’ Spinoff Will Be In Disney Channel Upfront Presentation Despite Racy Danielle Fishel Magazine Cover
Boy Meets World star Danielle Fishel raised a few eyebrows with her racy spread in Maxim magazine, which has given celebrity blogosphere fodder for the past couple of days. But the timing of the story — just a few days before Disney Channel‘s upfront presentation next Tuesday, also reverberated to the higher-ups at Disney. Fishel and her Boy Meets World co-star Ben Savage topline Disney Channel’s spinoff pilot, now in production, which somewhat surprisingly has sparked a ton of interest from fans — thus Fishel’s Maxim interview. But the racy photos and some information she shared in the interview, including a cocaine reference, which I hear came as a surprise to Disney executive and Boy Meets World creator Michael Jacobs, triggered rampant speculation that unhappy Disney Channel brass, led by topper Gary Marsh, would be yanking the hot project from the upfront presentation where it was to be a major piece. But while the Maxim cover may not have been the best way to re-introduce the family-friendly franchise to a new generation, the spinoff is not being banished from Disney Channel’s upfront presentation, a network spokesperson said. “While the project is a pilot, and hasn’t yet filmed, it will then be put through focus group testing so we won’t know if it will be a series for months to come — however, because we are excited about it, we are taking the unusual step of including …
Whew! Disney Channel has closed deals with Boy Meets World stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel to reprise their roles on the channel’s potential sequel series Girl Meets World, pushing the project closer to a pilot greenlight. Disney Channel had been in talks with the two when word of the project leaked early this month. The news caught fire online, displaying huge interest in the project and giving the two actors and their reps ammunition in their negotiations with Disney. But all ended well and Savage and Fishel are now officially attached, as first reported by TVLine. Girl Meets World hails from Michael Jacobs, co-creator/executive producer of the original series, which ran on ABC for seven seasons. It centers on the preteen daughter of Cory (Savage) and Topanga (Fishel), who married on the original series, and tells the story from her point of view. Search is now underway for an actress to play the daughter. With her on board, the project is expected to get a formal pilot order.