'Boy Meets World' spinoff finds its 'Girl'
January 29th, 2013
02:57 PM ET

'Boy Meets World' spinoff finds its 'Girl'

The Disney Channel has found the right "Girl" for the job.

Rowan Blanchard, 11, has been cast as Riley Matthews, the daughter of Cory and Topanga, on the "Boy Meets World" spinoff "Girl Meets World."

As previously reported, Blanchard's character will be the star of the show, much in the same way Cory Matthews was the star of the original beloved '90s sitcom.

Producer Michael Jacobs told Entertainment Weekly that Blanchard, who has appeared in "The Back-Up Plan" and "Spy Kids: All The Time in the World 4D," was a clear pick during the nationwide hunt for talent.

"As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews,” he said. “Rowan is real and accessible, and I am hopeful this girl is about to meet a world that will love growing up with her as well.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, a pilot for the spinoff comedy will begin production next month. If it made it to series, it would be part of the Disney Channel's 2013-2014 schedule.

Both Danielle Fishel, who portrayed Topanga on the original series, and Ben Savage, who portrayed Cory, are on board to return. But Rider Strong, who played Cory's best friend, the leather-clad Shawn Hunter, has said that he doesn't have "any official involvement" with the show.

“There might be a chance to see some of the 'BMW' cast in a guest spot, and I think it would be nice to find out where our characters have been all these years,” Strong said in November. “But ‘Girl Meets World’ will be, and I think it should be, it’s own show. It will be about Cory and Topanga, their daughter, and a new set of characters.”


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  1. mickeymouse

    Congrats to Rowan. She was great in Spy Kids. I am an old fan of the show and look forward to its arrival. There can be no doubt that this show will take off, even surpassing the original.Too bad Rider is not onboard. I think Rowan's character would benefit from the occasional wisdom of her "Uncle Shawn". Come on, Rider! Come back!

    April 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gia

    i think she would be good for this role or part because if she was picked by disney channel then she must be good for this tv starring

    February 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dave

    let's just polish an old turd and slap a new label on it.

    February 7, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Heather

    She's a cutie, but she doesn't look to me like she'd be the biological daughter of the actors playing her parents.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • kard

      I don't know ... she looks like she could be the daughter of a "Topanga". Maybe the woman playing that mom part should look more like the ethnicity they are trying to pull in to the show.

      February 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James

    Hooray for bullying!

    February 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bully alert

    She's trying to hide her true bully self by wearing an anti-bullying logo. I've got this kid figured out.

    January 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sadie

    I never watched the show, so I'm passing no judgement. My question is, the girl's name was Topanga? Is there a story behind that name? Just wondering.

    January 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • MLatino

      Her parents were hippies and she started out as the weird girl in Corey's class. Eventually Corey fell in love with the weird girl.

      January 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sadie

      Thanks for the info, MLatino. I just learned another new thing today. Good day to you!

      January 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Izoto

    Lol @ these comments

    January 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. VladT

    I hope it goes with the first few seasons formula. When Corey was exploring the world, it was realistic. Towards the end, it became the same formula of how all the men were stupid (Corey became an idiot, and his brother worse) and were the stereotypical men in a sitcom of doing whatever their wives wanted. It was a great show, then turned into mediocrity the last few seasons.
    If it goes back to its roots, it could be a decent show.
    Just a humble opinion, grew up with the show, so yeah, it was gross towards the end.

    January 30, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Linda

    Wow, can't believe the comments on here about an 11 year old. Makes me wonder how old you all are making such mean spirited comments about a little girl. Doesn't matter, you've just showed your maturity level. I think she is adorable and the show will be a hit.

    January 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisbee

      No way hosay. She looks mean as a snake. I bet she beats up all the kids on the playground.

      January 30, 2013 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bob C.

    And another child goes into the Disney grinder.

    January 29, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. she can

    Kill someone with that chin

    January 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jenn

    I'd be seriously scared of her if she was in my class. Maybe she's nice though.

    January 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hahahaha

    the sign on the left belongs to you ..ha!

    January 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rita

    She does look like she would take your lunch money.

    January 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Elaine

    She looks like a smart alek and a bully. I'm gonna hide. Bullys like to hit me sometimes. They are mean.

    January 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |

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