It is maybe a little weird to be fixated on the casting of a television show decidedly aimed at teens, tweens, pre-teens, and all their related ilk, but things are a little different when it comes to the Boy Meets World sequel, Girl Meets World. I can’t think of any other TV project that’s had so much built-in good will from the start, not in the least because Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will be reprising their roles as Corey and Topanga as they attempt to raise their daughter—the titular girl—in this mad, mad world. The show continues to move forward, as producers cast 11-year old Rowan Blanchard in the lead role. She’s been in one of the Spy Kids sequels so you know she’s used to scrutiny, but if all goes well, she’ll be an identifying pop culture touchstone of a generation—so, you know, break a leg!
Take it from Boy & Girl Meets World creator Michael Jacobs, though: “As soon as Rowan walked into the room, I was reminded of why Ben Savage was loved as Cory Matthews,” he said. “Rowan is real and accessible and I am hopeful this girl is about to meet a world that will love growing up with her as well.” Which means in 20 years, plenty of 20-somethings in neo-Brooklyn will be enjoying stoned, day-long marathons of GMW on MTV6 just like their predecessors today. Life is a wheel. (Also, here’s a reminder to read Rider Strong’s reflection on his BMW character, Shawn Hunter, with BULLETT. Did you read it? It’s really quite exquisite.)