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Girl Meets World / May 12th, 2015


GIRL MEETS WORLD - Disney Channel's "Girl Meets World" stars Ben Savage as Cory Matthews. (Disney Channel/Bob D'Amico)

GIRL MEETS WORLD – Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World” stars Ben Savage as Cory Matthews. (Disney Channel/Bob D’Amico)

Vulture.com had the pleasure of interviewing Ben. He talked about growing up through the 7 seasons of Boy Meets World, how it’s amazing to be doing this all over again with Girl Meets World, and what is to come with the show’s second season. One of the things you learn from this interview is that Ben is very protective of Boy Meets World’s legacy, and he wants to make sure Girl Meets World is done right. Below we have included some quotes from the interview. We couldn’t copy all of it due to the copyright law but if you would like to read the rest you can do so by going here.


What’s it like so many years later to talk to full-grown adults like me who are obsessed with what you did as a kid?
It’s flattering. It’s exciting. What really means a lot to me is when people come up to me — and it happens a lot — and say, “I grew up on Boy Meets World, and it means so much to me, and I like that I’m now able to watch Girl Meets World with my kid because it’s like passing the torch between generations.” That’s what we set out to do. We were aiming to teach the lessons of Boy Meets World in an updated context to a younger audience.

Even when we’ve written about it, people have just appreciated that it was being talked about seriously.
They’re very protective of the show. That was one of the things that we got a blowback from initially. It was like, “Oh, it’s on Disney Channel, it’s gonna be ruined!” We’re halfway through our second season — if [only] the fans knew how hard the writers work not only to replicate Boy Meets World but also to tell these new stories in a different context.

I’m so protective of the Boy Meets World legacy. I’m a creature of habit, and superstitious. I even listen to the same music every day that I listened to then (Third Eye Blind, Counting Crows, Tori Amos). So, the two people that I said I wanted back on the show were the original studio teacher who taught Boy Meets World — he taught all seven years of Boy Meets World; he’s now the studio teacher for the girls on the show — and then our script supervisor, Kathy Giangregorio, who was our script supervisor all seven years of Boy Meets World. I was like, “I want to look out and see Kathy, just like we did on Boy Meets World. It’s the most calming presence in the world.” And then it’s all of our old writers, it’s all of our old producers. It’s this incredibly surreal, nostalgic feeling.

The first episode of season two doesn’t just talk about death, which shows have talked about in the past, but mortality and our relative insignificance in the universe. No one does that!
Yeah! We just did a show, “Girl Meets Belief,” which wrapped on Tuesday, about the existence of God and what that determines in terms of how you make your decisions in life, and whether that’s important. Cory delivers this whole speech about a prism and how you think nothing’s there, but if you hold up a prism, you can see the colors of the rainbow. It tells us that God is there. It just shows up in different ways. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. When you look through that wall, you don’t know what’s behind there, but there are people behind there. I’m telling you, it’s deep stuff. It’s deep stuff for me, and I’m 34 years old.

Was there a moment in season one where it was like, yeah, this works?
Yeah, it took a while, and I’ll be the first to admit it. There were a lot of high expectations, and there’s no way that the pilot of a brand-new show could live up to the hype of seven seasons plus 15 years [of] buildup. So our first season was a transitional season. Second season, we’re bringing back a lot of old characters from Boy Meets World, and it’s kind of a nod to the Boy Meets World audience, like, “It’s okay to come back and join us.” And we’re tying up a lot of loose ends that people had lingering questions about for years. We just had Mr. Turner on. He was in a car accident his last episode of Boy Meets World, and we never explained what happened. We took 17 years, but we found him.

So, you have Girl Meets World. Do you think this is your Before Sunrise, that eventually this will have its seven-year run and in another 15 years after that, you’ll be playing the grandfather in Cyborg Meets World?
I don’t know. I get nervous if I start to think like that because I’m just in the moment. We’ll take this ride for as long as it goes, and we’ll see what comes next. I definitely want to continue directing, I want to continue producing. I really do like working in the vehicle of kids television, because there was a phase of sitcom TV which was just snark. And I hate snark. It doesn’t inspire people. I want to make TV that makes people laugh. Networks were trying to be edgy, and it wasn’t good. It didn’t work. People — networks and everyone — have to just accept themselves for who they are, and then they can be great.

Source: Vulture.com

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