Ben Savage = Cory Matthews

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At just 11 years old, Ben Savage landed the role of Cory Matthews, the titular character on Boy Meets World that would define his career. After seven years of oversized flannel shirts, an epic romance with Danielle Fishel’s Topanga (or Corpanga, as Tumblr now knows them), and endless words of wisdom from next-door-neighbor-turned-perpetual-teacher Mr. Feeny (William Daniels), the ABC primetime series came to an end and Savage and the rest of the cast and crew said goodbye to the Philadelphia family that felt like their own.

That is, until a year ago, when it was announced that Disney Channel would continue the story of Cory and Topanga — now married with children — the eldest of which, Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard), will be the new focus of spinoff series Girl Meets World. For some, it would be a strange feeling to revisit a character he or she left behind more than a decade ago. But for Savage, it was like coming home. “It’s the same exact executive producer, it’s the same writers, it’s the same cast, and it even comes down to — in typical Cory fashion, which is also typical Ben fashion — the same script supervisor that we had since the beginning of Boy Meets World. We even have some of the exact same crew,” the now 33-year-old actor told BuzzFeed. “I did everything I could to make sure we had some of the same people. To turn around and see people who have known you and supported you for years, it’s a great thing.”

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Savage won the part of Cory 20 years ago after meeting with co-creator and executive producer Michael Jacobs. “I had met with Michael when I think I was 11. I just remember going to meet with him at his offices at Disney in Burbank,” he recalled of the life-changing encounter. “I remember us talking and hitting it off and one thing kind of led to another and twenty-some odd years later, here we are.”

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Here, of course, is Girl Meets World, where Savage now plays grown-up Cory, a New York City middle-school history teacher (cue the Feeny homage aww’s) for Riley and her best friend Maya’s (Sabrina Carpenter) 7th grade class. He and Topanga, who owns an afterschool hangout that specializes in pudding, also have a younger son named Louis (August Maturo). Though using the same script supervisor should help with any consistency issues between Boy Meets World and its spinoff, it bears mentioning that in Season 1 of the original series, 11-year-old Cory had a different idea as to what he and Topanga would name their hypothetical offspring (see right). “Unfortunately, they’re not Chewbacca and Plankton,” Savage said, laughing. “However, I’m sure we’ll address that at some point.”

Savage said he, Fishel, and Jacobs, who is serving as the executive producer of Girl Meets World as well, talked a lot before agreeing to sign on for the Disney Channel series. “We just wanted to make sure that we were doing this properly and that we were doing it for the right reasons and that we weren’t going to hurt the legacy of the show,” Savage said. “I think once we kind of checked off all the things on our checklist, the choice was easy, but there was a lot to talk about and there were weeks of discussions. But it all came together.”

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Is There A True Possibility That We Could See Shawn On Girl Meets World? Yes!

Is there a possibility that Rider Strong signs on for Girl Meets World? According to BuzzFeed’s article, we shouldn’t rule it out. (Let’s not celebrate just yet. Do it Rider strong, Do it!)

Rider said he and his former Boy Meets World co-stars were relatively blindsided when news broke about the spin-off before any deals were finalized.

“The internet just exploded with the news. And that sort of brought us all together because we all started instantly calling each other, being like, ‘What’s going on?’ ‘What do you know?’ So that was when the four of us started having dinners — Ben, Danielle, Will, and I — and we decided to all keep in touch. It was really the Girl Meets World thing that brought us back together,” Rider said, explaining they’ve gotten together for “epic” dinner parties.

Even though he’s excited for the new show, Rider admitted he’s nervous it won’t live up to the original ABC show’s standards.

“Not to make it too highfalutin, but there’s this sense that we did something kind of magical and that feels obviously very personal and precious. I’m confident now, after having had many conversations with Michael and the writing staff and Ben and Danielle… What I saw when I visited the set made me feel like the respect for the original show was going to be maintained and that the tone was going to be very similar.”

On whether he’ll reprise his role as Shawn Hunter

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Explaining there is “nothing official yet,” Rider said he’s had a few hypothetical conversations with Michael Jacobs (who created Boy Meets World and is writing Girl Meets World) about what Shawn Hunter would be doing.

“Michael’s whole rule with Shawn was always that Shawn has to be miserable and that nothing can be good in Shawn’s life. So, we talked about a couple different versions and I’m not sure which way it’s going to end up happening and none of them are very happy,” Rider said. “It’s part of the dynamic of the show that Cory and Topanga are very happy and that they form, especially with their new family, this very healthy cornerstone and Shawn has to be there for the counterpoint of what life would be like if Cory and Topanga didn’t have each other, if they didn’t have their families.”

If Shawn does come back, this awesome handshake should be the the very first thing we see from the greatest friendship ever.

Who is secretly hoping that Riley’s best friend Maya is Shawn’s Daughter?
Not just us…right?

 

 

How Rider Strong Learned To Love Shawn Hunter

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It’s been 20 years since Rider Strong first put on Shawn Hunter’s over sized leather jacket and ran his fingers through his thick brown hair on Boy Meets World. Soon after the T.G.I.F. staple premiered in 1993, Strong was plastered on many a preteen wall, courtesy of the centerfolds in the now defunct Teen BeatBop, and 16 magazines. After all, with a name like that, he was destined for teen super heartthrobdom… and Twitter mockery.

The 33-year-old actor, director, and self-proclaimed self-proclaimed “sometimes writer,” who recently got married, has made a hobby of responding to all the ridiculous Strong-centric jokes hurled at him on Twitter. “When I first joined Twitter, I started doing a self-Twitter search and the amount of people making fun of my name, it was ridiculous! I just started compiling a bunch of them and then at some point, I decided to make fun of somebody making fun of my name or to comment or respond, and it just exploded. Everybody was like, ‘That’s hysterical,’” Strong told BuzzFeed in a phone interview. He started gathering and responding to tweets every few weeks. “What’s weird to me is that actually, people are pretty nice. I mean, obviously, they make fun of my name, but, I mean, it’s a ridiculous name. It deserves to be made fun of … It’s hard because I never want to be too snarky, you know? I just don’t want to fall into that internet meme thing that starts happening. And I’ve been lucky that the balance has worked out. I can tease people for making fun of my name, because they kind of started it first. I’m just very aware of how stupid my name is,” he said with a laugh. “But I don’t get many mean tweets though. People are so nice to me online so I’m hoping that that continues.”

The online noise surrounding Boy Meets World has recently reached heights that would surpass the volume of Eric (Will Friedle) screeching for Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) — and that’s largely thanks to the upcoming Disney Channel spinoff Girl Meets World, created by the man behind the original series, Michael Jacobs. The series, which will debut in 2014, will center on the now grown-up Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), and Riley (Rowan Blanchard), their 12-year-old daughter who’s just slightly older than Cory, Topanga, and Shawn were when Boy Meets World started in 1994.

“Will and I had no idea that that was happening,” Strong said of the spinoff. “And even Ben and Danielle, it got released to the press before they had made the deal. So they weren’t even sure that it was definitely happening and then it got released and then, of course, the internet just exploded with the news. And that sort of brought us all together because we all started instantly calling each other, being like, ‘What’s going on?’ ‘What do you know?’ So that was when the four of us started having dinners — Ben, Danielle, Will, and I — and we decided to all keep in touch. It was really the Girl Meets World thing that brought us back together.”

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But baggy jeans and floppy ‘do aside, the actor has plenty of fond on-set memories. “‘And Then There Was Shawn,’ which we called the Scream episode when we were shooting it, we all had the best times of our lives,” Strong recalled of the now-iconic Season 5 Halloween installment. “I can say that was probably one of the greatest filming experiences I’ve ever had as an actor because we just couldn’t stop laughing. And it was so absurd and there was this freedom in that absurdity. I think the reason why that episode worked was because, of course, it turns out to all be a dream sequence, but the emotional underpinning is still very Boy Meets World — what’s going on is actually kind of dramatic and the fact that my character can’t deal with this breakup. But, on the surface, we were making South Park references; Jennifer Love Hewitt is there for no reason; it makes no sense! And we just had a blast. There was this freedom to be idiots.”