7:00am PT by Philiana Ng
'Girl Meets World' Gets Official Premiere Date
Disney Channel's Girl Meets World finally has a launch date.
The anticipated Boy Meets World follow-up will premiere Friday, June 27, at 9:45 p.m. following the launch of original TV movie Zapped! starring Zendaya at 8 p.m., The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
After taking a week off, Girl Meets World will then debut in its regular time slot on Friday, July 11, at 8:30 p.m., with castmembers hosting the evening.
An extended trailer for Girl Meets World also debuted, previewing the school versus home dynamic in the Matthews household. Guest stars and Boy Meets World alumni -- many of them previously announced -- include William Daniels (Mr. Feeny), Rider Strong (Shawn), William Russ (Alan), Betsy Randle (Amy), Lee Norris (Minkus), Danny McNulty (Harley), Cloris Leachman, Jane Lynch, Jackee Harry, Willie Garson, Charlotte Rae and Herbie Hancock.
For viewers who can't wait, a free download of the preview episode will be made available two weeks before its TV launch via iTunes on Friday, June 13, and on the WATCH Disney Channel video player beginning Wednesday, May 21. To prep for the Girl Meets World launch, Disney Channel slotted a four-hour Boy Meets World marathon, appropriately for Father's Day on Sunday, June 15.
An original and remix version of the Girl Meets World theme song "Take on the World," sung by stars Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter, will premiere Tuesday, May 20.
The official premiere announcement comes nearly a year after Disney Channel gave Girl Meets World a formal series order. Over the past few weeks, the cable network had been rolling out teasers and posters. THR recently revealed that Ben Savage would be making his directorial debut.
Girl Meets World follows Riley (Blanchard) and her best friend Maya (Carpenter) as they navigate through John Quincy Adams Middle School in New York City. Their plans for a carefree year will be adjusted under the watch of Riley's parents Cory (Savage), who works as a history teacher at the school, and Topanga (Danielle Fishel). In the premiere episode, the typically studious Riley joins a homework rebellion in an attempt to be more like Maya, which quickly leads to a rift between father and daughter. August Maturo is Cory and Topanga's young son, Auggie; Peyton Meyer plays Riley's crush Lucas Friar; and Corey Fogelmanis is Farkle, a fellow classmate.
Girl Meets World is co-created by Boy Meets World's Michael Jacobs and April Kelly, with Jacobs executive producing. It hails from It's a Laugh Productions and Michael Jacobs Productions.
Zapped! centers on Zoey, a girl whose well-ordered life is up-ended when her mother remarries and she finds herself part of a family composed of rambunctious, chaotic boys -- and a male dog, to boot. She finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places when she unwittingly comes into possession of a smartphone app that magically controls boys.