Be still our maudlin hearts: Octogenarian William Daniels will appear on Girl Meets World as Mr. Feeny, the lovingly stern teacher he iconically portrayed on Boy Meets World, for at least an episode. That’s a casting announcement that’s sure to warm anticipation for the sequel sitcom, which has already ridden a wave of goodwill through the initial series announcement and thoughtful ruminations on what will demarcate this show from that show. It used to be that most made-for-Disney Channel shows were something adults would only come across when babysitting or stoned; now, we follow the day-to-day gossip of a program like GMW as we would Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones or Mad Men, even though they’re made for viewers at least half our age.
But why should the sequel sitcom end there? In a Kickstarter world, pop culture of TV seasons past are just a solid round of angel funding away, and it’s clear that nostalgia sells in spite of taste or the perils of finding too much comfort in our childhoods. Why not consider a sequel to Sister, Sister, in which Tia and Tamera Mowry have each birthed their own set of twins? A new Full House, where Mary-Kate and Ashley find themselves struggling to keep the Tanner family together. Home Improvement, to show how Tim Taylor got left behind in a world with no use for a hyper-masculine handyman (maybe he could start off the show by losing his job for a special #commentary on these #recession times?). Why not even give Lindsay Lohan another shot at redemption by having her reprise the Cady Heron role in a Mean Girls update, where she’s the one who has to educate a bunch of high schoolers on how to play nice? Come on, let’s keep going until some enterprising network decides to call itself “Remember When?” There are emotions left to mine.