“Boy Meets World” Spinoff Adds Cast Members, Sense of Deja Vu

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The cast of characters for Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World, the planned spin-off to the beloved ABC sitcom Boy Meets World, keeps expanding.

You already knew that Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage, the stars of Boy Meets World, had returned to their old roles of Topanga and Cory. Only this time, they’re married with children. One of those children is Riley, the girl of Girl Meets World. She’ll be played by 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard, who wasn’t even born when Boy Meets World was on the air.

Oh, but that’s not the only casting news. has been covering the developments with a Watergate-like zeal. Pennsylvania native Sabrina Carpenter, age 13, will play Riley’s best friend, Maya. And reports that three more characters have been added. 

What’s funny is how these characters are clearly inspired by Boy Meets World. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another spin-off in 20 years that covers the exploits of Riley’s kid in outer space suburbia. “Boy Meets Universe” practically writes itself.

These descriptions come from

– Elliott Matthews, 13. Cory and Topanga’s son. This guy will start the series as a “thinking man’s jock.” He’s described as “good looking, well built, funny and insightful in his observations. Good hearted except for his dedication toward using Riley as his wrestling practice dummy. His parents worry that he has inherited the ‘Eric Matthews Algernon’ gene and will lose intelligence as time goes by.”

Clear inspiration: Eric Matthews

– Tristan Friar, 12-13. An Austin, Texas transplant who’s a “cowboy in the city.” His description: “He seems actually possessed of ethics, common sense, and a value system making him immediately alien to everybody else except Riley, who believes it’s the value system that attracts her to want to be his friend even though he’s too good looking for her to look at.”

Clear inspiration: Topanga, as a kid, who was crunchy and granola and cute as a button.

– Shamus Farkle, 12-13: This is the show’s resident genius. “Future world ruler. Riley’s rebellious best friend Maya is his nemesis, Riley gets between them to save his life. Farkle is wildly attached and protective of both girls and loves equally that Riley doesn’t make him miserable and Maya does.”

Clear inspiration: Minkus, Corey’s brainy nemesis, but without the amorous leanings. Jeez, guys, you’re not even trying. Shamus? Why don’t you just name the character Pinkus or Linkus?

These three roles have not been cast yet. Production on the pilot is set for next month. If it passes muster, the show will run on Disney Channel’s 2013-14 schedule.

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