News Briefs: Disney Channel Has Officially Ordered Girl Meets World to Series

By Tim Surette

Jun 17, 2013

ATTENTION @INDIANAMOM NEWS

... Disney Channel has officially picked up Girl Meets World, the updated sequel of the '90s series Boy Meets World. Aimed at kids and families, Girl Meets World is set in New York City and follows the middleschool adventures of Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard), the 'tween daughter of original Boy Meets World characters Cory and Topanga. Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will reprise their roles to play Riley's parents; Cory is now a teacher at his daughter's school, and Topanga is the proprietor of a cool teen hangout that peddles pudding. Look for it in 2014. [Disney Channel via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Surprise! Community creator Dan Harmon did not like the fourth season of Community, also known as "the season Dan Harmon was fired from." At his anything-goes podcast-show Harmontown, Harmon confirmed that he watched the season for the first time and compared it to seeing pictures of his girlfriend getting orally intimate with other men. This was after he said he wouldn't "be a jerk" about his feelings on Season 4, be they good or bad. Harmon also said that he's put a call into Bill Murray to get him to play Jeff's dad, even though James Brolin played Papa Winger in Season 4. Harmon's comments are definitely worth a read. [Splitsider]

... Charlie Sheen is causing problems on the set of his show! Well, I guess that's not exactly news, but we may as well go over the specifics. Apparently the Sheenster is upset with his Anger Management costar Selma Blair and unofficially fired her—with "unofficially" meaning that Sheen blew up after Blair complained about him, and said he wouldn't work with her if she showed up for work today. [TMZ]

... True Blood debuted its sixth season last night (check out Lily's review!), and it sounds like it lost some fans between seasons. The premiere drew 4.5 million viewers, down 13 percent from the Season 5 opener. The episode was up against the NBA Finals, but are the same people who enjoy seeing Tim Duncan's fundamental bank shot the same people who like ogling Joe Mangienello's bare tookus? I don't think so. [TV By the Numbers]

... The Daytime Emmy Awards happened on Sunday (you'll have to trust me on that one). NBC's Days Of Our Lives took home the title of Best Drama, and The Ellen Degeneres Show won for Outstanding Talk Show. Lead acting nods went to The Young and the Restless's Doug Davidson and The Bold and the Beautiful's Heather Tom, and George Lucas accepted an award for Star Wars: The Clone Wars in the category of Outstanding Special Class Animated Program. But the real story behind the show were the live-TV flubs during the HLN broadcast. Aisha Tyler was handed the wrong envelope when announcing a winner, mics picked up backstage chatter, the audio kept cutting in and out, and Corbin Bernsen said a bad word. Fortunately, no one was watching. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... The Americans' Annet Mahendru has spied herself an off-season gig on another show. Mahendru, who plays cute-as-a-button Nina on the FX series, will drop by USA's White Collar in Season 5. She'll play a Russian figure skater who runs into trouble with the Motherland. Look for her in the sixth episode of White Collar's fifth season, which debuts this fall. [TV Line]

... Final Destination's Miles Fisher and relative newcomer Mike Castle have been cast in Comedy Central's pilot Bad Advice From My Brother. Fisher will play the older of two brothers who tries to steer his younger sibling (Castle) down the right path. With hilarious results! Reggie Watts (Comedy Bang Bang) also stars; he'll play the brothers' neighbor. [Deadline Hollywood]

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  • bleumystique Jun 21, 2013

    I'm so pleased with the GMW news! When I think of nostalgia, BMW comes to mind. That remains one of my all time favorite shows from my youth. I still watch it. I can watch every episode and have this weird thing where it feels like I'm watching it for the first time all over again, and yet I'm still reciting lines verbatim because it's so familiar. That is one of the last of those timeless shows, to me. Honestly, by 2000 the quality of timeless family entertainment vanquished. I hope Disney channel doesn't screw this up, and they make a show that's fresh, but still has the quality of the original. Personally a reunion movie or something (like Veronica mars) would have been ideal before a sequel, but this works for me too. BMW was and still is my show. Soooo much nostalgia.

  • mrjimmyjames Jun 19, 2013

    Reggie Watts better not leave Comedy Bang Bang.

  • mrjimmyjames Jun 19, 2013

    I love the idea of changin the setting to NYC for GMW. Philadelphia was never that great.

  • yarie9 Jun 19, 2013

    I'm sooo excited for GMW. That will be my new guilty pleasure

  • J_Pip Jun 18, 2013

    When it comes to adolescent crushes... Topanga is second only to Kelly Kapowski. But seeing them in my later years, Topanga now holds my interest.

  • IndianaMom Jun 18, 2013

    Ha! I missed the headline on the GMW story until now. :D

  • JT_Kirk Jun 18, 2013

    I am not surprised. I did not like the fourth season of Community, and it wasn't even my show ripped from my helming. I'll be honest, I read his comments and he's not being a jerk, he's being honest. Ok, the "family raped on a beach" part might be a bit jerky. But he's right about season 4 feeling like it was ripped from wrong ideas created at Comic-Con, a reaction to the wrong elements from outsiders who didn't get the series.

    Oh Charlie Sheen, you are embarrassing yourself on this one. Are you just going to get rid of the whole world except for hookers and drug dealers?

    George Lucas pointed out that he won an award from the NCAA for his movie, Red Tails, a fantasized version of the Tuskegee Airmen, how is that not among your list of flubs? He pointed out an award from the National Collegiate Athletics Association instead of the NAACP - the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

  • txgirl75 Jun 18, 2013

    I wish girl meets world would be on ABC and get picked up in September. I bet it will be good I will watch.

  • ChrisPeplinsk Jun 18, 2013

    This looks good.

  • shocker713 Jun 18, 2013

    Annnnnnnd...cue the double entendres about eating Topanga's pudding.

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