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Wow, people are really into this Boy Meets World spin-off. Ever since news broke that the Disney Channel was planning to revive ABC's spunky '90s franchise, reconfiguring into a comedy from a tween girl's perspective, confetti-tossing TV writers have come out of the woodwork.
On Monday, the network announced that the series, renamed Girl Meets World, is officially a go and set to premiere in 2014. The quick recap: The Boy, Cory (Ben Savage), is all grown up and married to his true love, Topanga (Danielle Fishel). The couple is raising a 14-year-old boy, Elliot (Teo Halm), and a 13-year-old girl, Riley (Rowan Blanchard) in New York City. Cory is Riley's history teacher (awkward!), and Topanga runs a pudding joint where tweens hang out. But at the center of Girl Meets World is Riley and her best friend Maya (Sabrina Carpenter), whose friendship will mirror the one Cory had with Shawn (Rider Strong).
And yes, the official announcement has set in motion yet another wave of unbridled media joy. "Guys: we did it. Disney Channel...has given GMW a series order!" gushed Vulture. "Celebratory pudding for everyone!" (Perhaps they think it was their enthusiasm that turned on the green light?) "
Why all the hoopla? It's about math, really. Today's 20-and-30-something entertainment writers were the teens and tweens of the '90s. BMW was a corny but still pretty decent "TGIF" show you watched on Friday nights, in those days before you got your driver's license (or could afford a car). So when a press release about a reboot crosses your computer screen, you recognize those names (and really, how could you forget a name like Topanga?) and feel a twinge of nostalgia. In some cases (hello, over-excited critic at Glamour!), it's more than a twinge.
So obviously, there are high expectations for this reboot. One reader commented on the E! story about the revival: "Disney Channel -- this is your chance to be loved again. Don't ruin it. No, seriously."
Truth is, the show will probably be done well. And by done well, we mean exactly like the first one. Creator Michael Jacobs is at the reins again, after all. So if you liked watching eager beaver Cory try to keep his pal Shawn out of trouble, then you'll probably enjoy watching Riley do the same for her friend Maya.
Is it weird to see Cory and Topanga in the parent roles? Sure. But TV writers in your 20s and 30s, this show isn't really meant for you. You can still watch if you want. Just try not to lose your cool, okay?
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.