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Will Rider Strong star in 'Boy Meets World' reboot?

Actor who played bad-boy best friend not onboard -- yet

By Corey Levitan Nov 29, 2012 10:43AM

Now that Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel have agreed to reprise their "Boy Meets World" characters in a new Disney Channel reboot, the question is whether Rider Strong is along for the ride. "Girl Meets World" will join Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence 12 years after we left them, focusing primarily on their 13-year-old daughter, Riley.


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Strong -- who played Shawn Hunter, Cory's trailer-park-troublemaker best friend -- released a statement to the press saying: "At this point, I have no official involvement." However, it added that "there might be a chance to see some of the BMW cast in a guest spot."

This either means that producers can't see Strong back in a regular role, or that they can but don't want to meet his salary demands. Either way, negotiations for a cameo are apparently ongoing. (That's what the "at this point" usually means.)

According to the Huffington Post, Riley will have already have her own edgy best friend. And Cory may be too respectable for one. (He'll morph into the Mr. Feeny role, serving as a history teacher.)


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Fans both of the original series and of logic will notice inconsistencies. (For instance, how can Riley be 13 if Topanga wasn't even pregnant with her when the series ended 12 years ago? In addition, in a flash-forward from the seventh and final "Boy Meets World" season, Cory and Topanga had a baby girl, named Beverly Glen, in 2006.) However, can there really be that many fans both of the original series and of logic?

According to Entertainment Weekly, neither Will Friedle (who played Eric Matthews) nor William Daniels (Mr. Feeny) would comment about whether they are involved in the reboot.

Would you like to see Strong reprise his Shawn role on the new series?

"Girl Meets World" is expected to premiere in 2013 on the Disney Channel.

Nov 30, 2012 10:55AM
I would like to see this show on anything but the disney channel.  Disney channel shows have become awful.  Don't ruin my childhood please. 
Nov 30, 2012 9:25AM
The flash forward wasn't in the series finale; it was an earlier episode.  The episode focused on what would happen to the group if they let Rachel cut her ties with them after a prank war gone wrong.  They flashed forward into the future, and we saw that none of the gang had spoken for years. Eric became a weirdo who called himself "Plays with Squirrels," Cory and Topanga had Beverly Glen, etc.  However, at the end of the episode it went back to "normal" time, and the gang resolved the prank war.  They stayed friends, thus changing their future. 
Nov 30, 2012 9:17AM

Most of them haven't had steady acting work for awhile so you'd think they'd jump at the money. The one exception was William Daniels but considering Grey's Anatomy just killed off his character(big surprise Shonda) I'm guessing he's available now.

Nov 30, 2012 9:02AM
It was a dumb show back then and I doubt it will be any better now.  Just another case of has-been actors trying to revive their careers.
Nov 30, 2012 8:58AM
And if Eric (Will Friedle) comes back for a guest spot will he be "Plays With Squirrels"? :)  Another inconsistency...
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