August 06, 2014 9:00am PT by Philiana Ng
Disney Channel Renews 'Girl Meets World' for Season 2
Girl Meets World is getting another season.
Disney Channel has renewed the Boy Meets World update for a sophomore run after just five episodes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Production on the second season starts in November in downtown Los Angeles.
Since its late June debut, Girl Meets World — which returns original stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel as Cory and Topanga, respectively — has ranked as the top series among kids and tweens demographics. The half-hour comedy premiered to a strong 5.2 million viewers on June 27.
Girl Meets World, in the middle of a 20-episode freshman order, is a modern-day story centered on Cory and Topanga's tween daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and her best friend, Maya (Sabrina Carpenter), as they navigate the ups and downs of junior high. August Maturo, Peyton Meyer and Corey Fogelmanis also star.
Several characters from Boy Meets World appear throughout the season, such as Mr. Feeney (William Daniels), Minkus in the Aug. 15 episode (Lee Norris), Shawn (Rider Strong), Harley (Danny McNulty), Cory's younger brother Joshua (Uriah Shelton) and Cory's parents (William Russ and Betsy Randle).
"The series swiftly became a favorite of kids and their parents, many of whom grew up with Boy Meets World," said Adam Bonnett, executive vp original programming at Disney Channels Worldwide. "We're looking forward to watching Riley Matthews and Maya Hart make the world their own, as Cory and Topanga teach them life lessons along the way."
In a chat with THR earlier this year, Savage posited that the 14-year gap between the end of Boy Meets World and the start of Girl Meets World was the perfect amount of time.
"It was good timing in everyone's lives. A lot of kids who grew up with Boy Meets World are parents now," he said at the time. "Some of the most meaningful, special emails or messages or tweets that I've gotten have been from people saying, 'I grew up with Boy Meets World and I can't wait to watch this show with my own kids.' It feels great to hear that."
For Disney Channel's part, the pickup establishes Girl Meets World as a cornerstone in the network's live-action scripted portfolio, which includes the upcoming K.C. Undercover, Liv & Maddie, I Didn't Do It, Jessie, Austin & Ally and Dog With a Blog.
Michael Jacobs, who also executive produces, and April Kelly (Boy Meets World) co-created Girl Meets World. It is produced by It's a Laugh Productions.
Girl Meets World airs at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays on Disney Channel.