MTV News interviewed both Michael Jacobs and Ben at the ATX Festival yesterday. We quoted part of the article where Michael talked about Matt returning to the show.
“Jack and Eric come to the girls’ middle school semi-formal through a very believable circumstance, and that’s where Jack Hunter meets Riley Matthews,” Michael Jacobs told MTV News on Friday at the ATX Television Festival. “He doesn’t know that she’s Cory’s daughter, but his realization that this can happen in life, that Cory and Topanga can have a creature such as this, changes him. It’s a lovely episode.”
He also stated this on the Boy Meets World cast members returning:
“We decided in the writers’ room that the theme of the first season was going to be friendship. Let’s first establish the friendship between Riley and Maya, let’s get to know them and their choices for who their friends are. And if the audience can embrace that, and then the choices, we can open up this world,” Jacobs said. “Riley and Maya, who the audience has now embraced, are the audience surrogates to meet what happened to the characters on ’Boy Meets World.’ Their reactions to them, and what their lives are like, are doubly interesting for the audience because they already like the girls and now they’re seeing not only their own reactions to the old core cast, but the girls’ reactions as well.”
That being said, Jacobs promised that he’s “only just begun” telling this story. “I will bring in the bulk of the ’Boy Meets World’ cast,” he said, “but then I will incorporate that cast into the lives of these girls.”
Ben said this on Matt’s return:
Ben Savage (Cory Matthews) added a little more color to Jack’s current state, telling MTV News that Jack is now “a powerful business man.”
“He’s back in a different carnation than we last saw him,” Savage said. “I love having everyone back on set, including Matt. It’s kind of like having all of my old brothers back on set. It’s a really meaningful thing for me.”