Ben Savage: 'Girl Meets World' isn't just 'Boy Meets World 2.0'
Ben Savage will soon be coming back to TV screens with the new Disney Channel show "Girl Meets World." A follow-up to the beloved "Boy Meets World," the upcoming series will follow the life of Cory and Topanga's daughter Riley Matthews. Just don't expect it to be a direct sequel to "Boy Meets World."
"'Girl Meets World' is for a new generation. It's not so much a continuation of 'Boy Meets World' as it's a brand-new slate for a brand-new generation of kids," Savage tells PopSugar. "It's aimed at 13-year-olds, hopefully giving them something fun to watch and something that they can enjoy with their friends. Some of the best emails and notes and messages and tweets I've gotten are from former 'Boy Meets World' fans who tell me how much they're excited about watching the new show with their own children."
In the new show, Savage will basically play the role Mr. Feeny did in "Boy Meets World." "I'm my daughter's history teacher," he says. "I don't think I could ever live up to the wonderful model that Mr. Feeny set and the wonderful example he set for everybody. But I think what makes Cory interesting and fun to watch is that he's figuring it out along with the rest of everybody. The people growing up who are Cory's age and my age, we're all kind of doing our best and figuring things out and trying to make it work. I think we all strive to be a little more like Feeny."
Savage also opens up about his onscreen wife Danielle Fishel's recent real life marriage to Tim Belusko. Apparently there's not much jealousy between the longtime costars and friends.
"You know, it's not every day that you watch your wife walk down the aisle with another guy," Savage jokes. "But Danielle is a wonderful person, and I couldn't be more happy for her. She planned her heart out for this wedding, and she gave it her all, and it was such a nice wedding. Everyone there had such a great time. I was happy to be there, and happy to support her."
"Girl Meets World" is set to premiere in 2014 on the Disney Channel.