|Prepare for spinoff disappointment|
|Written by Emily Warner, Daily Vidette Columnist|
|Tuesday, 27 November 2012 17:24|
Plain and simple, everyone is getting excited about this “Boy Meets World” spinoff, and I am looking forward to saying “I told you so” when people admit how disappointed they are in the show.
The show is in its early stages of development and is going to be called “Girl Meets World.” It will be based around 13-year-old Riley, daughter of Cory and Topanga (Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will return).
This show might do well with the audience of kids who watch Disney Channel on a regular basis, but those who watched “Boy Meets World” when reruns were constantly on Disney Channel or ABC Family are going to be disappointed.
Granted, anyone who watched “Boy Meets World” when it was on is in college or older now, so they probably haven’t seen Disney Channel in a while. A couple years ago, I could actually manage to watch a couple Disney Channel shows like “Hannah Montana,” occasionally “Wizards of Waverly Place” and maybe even “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” (judge me). But those shows are nothing like what used to air on Disney Channel.
“Even Stevens.” Now that was a great Disney Channel show. I wish Shia LaBeouf still did comedy like that. I can just picture Louis Stevens saying, “Oh ya shave it, do ya?!”
What does Disney Channel have now? “Dog with a Blog.” It’s a show about a talking dog … who writes a blog. As a 22-year-old that doesn’t sound interesting to me, as most shows on Disney Channel don’t, including “Girl Meets World.”
The story lines on Disney are mush; they have no substance. While “Boy Meets World” had silly storylines at times, it also touched on issues and taught morals, like when Shawn’s family was too poor to have Christmas presents, or when his mom left his dad and him. Technically that would make him one of the tens of thousands of minors who are considered homeless — that’s a real issue.
And as the show got older, so did the content. That mature content is what those who are excited about it are remembering now. There was Cory being afraid to use the co-ed bathrooms in the dorms or, once Cory and Topanga got married, part of the jokes were about them having sex.
I will say that I am excited to see Ben Savage and what he does with the goofy character of Cory.
But, if this show isn’t going to have cameos from Uncle Eric, aka Will Friedle, then that’s just another reason not to watch. By the end of the show, he was such an integral part, as was Shawn, Mr. Feeny and so much of the cast.
The reason spinoff shows don’t work a lot of the time is because what made it great in the first place is the entire cast, not just one person.
Remember the spinoff of “Friends” called “Joey?” No, you probably don’t because it didn’t last long. Neither did the “Three’s Company” spinoff. It’s the same logic that applies to the “Home Alone” movies that don’t have Macaulay Culkin — they simply suck.
Another reason a lot of 20-somethings are going to be disappointed in the show is simply because they’re too old for it.
I’ve gone back to watch movies that I loved when I was younger, like Mary-Kate and Ashley’s “Holiday in the Sun,” and I still kind of enjoy it just because I know I used to love it. But at the same time, I came to the realization that it is not the greatest.
Luckily, I don’t think that “Girl Meets World” being a terrible show will tarnish what “Boy Meets World” was; there will just be a lot of people in their 20s disappointed when they tune into Disney Channel.
If you want to relive the “Boy Meets World” days, then either watch MTV2 or get up at 6 a.m. to watch the reruns on ABC Family, because you’re not going to get what you’re looking for through the spin-off series.
But hey, be the judge for yourself because, “I do my thing, and you do your thing. You are you and I am I; and if in the end we end up together (watching “Girl Meets World”), it’s beautiful.”
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