'Boy Meets World' Disney spinoff: Great idea or the best idea?

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That scream you heard over the weekend was the collective sound of all 16-to-34-year-olds realizing that their favorite ‘90s dramedy, Boy Meets World, is in talks for a spinoff on the Disney channel.

Michael Jacobs, the original creator, signed a pilot deal, EW has confirmed. Girl Meets World would center around a teen girl, and Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel may return as her parents, as was initially reported by TVLine. Fishel even sent out this cryptic/encouraging tweet over the weekend, “Just want you guys to know that @BenSavage and I have talked and we’ve decided…Thanksgiving is going to be delicious this year!”

If they return to reprise their roles, this is a great idea. The junior high episodes of Boy Meets World are nearly 20 years old (!), so while the show has held up remarkably well, it’s high time the plots were revisited. The program was so fantastic because not only was it hilarious (Underpants!) but it also dealt with serious stuff, like death and abandonment. I’m curious to see how Disney – which did not air the show originally, despite showing it in reruns for years – will cover the more difficult topics, or if themes will be cleaned-up a bit for the mouse. I hope not. I remember the melancholy of some the episodes — especially Shawn’s issues — being particularly realistic and it gave the show its unique voice.

Many fans will wonder why a spinoff isn’t just the original gang, ten years later. While I would theoretically love a reunion show about late-twenties-aged Cory, Shawn, Eric, Topanga and all the rest figuring out love and life — Hey! That sounds like all other shows on TV! — the opportunity Disney has here to revamp what was a beloved classic for millennials may be a more sustainable way to go. After a few episodes of checking in with everyone in their new adult lives, I’m just going to be wishing we were all back at John Adams High, dressing up as girls or cutting our hair in the bathroom sink. Switching to a girl’s perspective provides a nice change to middle school issues, and this way, we’ll all get to see Cory as an awkward dad, something he’s been prepping for since he was about 13.

Rebooting the show so there is a new kid, but Cory and Topanga are still around as parents, would leave the door open for cameos by our favorite friends — I think we all need to know how Mr. Plays With Squirrels wound up — but would also allow the show to become its own program, as much as possible. In fact, I’m cautiously optimistic that this whole reboot might be pretty fun. The junior high and high school episodes were the best of the show; it might be exciting to explore that all again, with a 2012 twist.

As long as Mr. Feeny is their daughter’s teacher. Some things you don’t mess with.

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