Even if Jay Leno wanted to take back “The Tonight Show” again, with the kind of material Jimmy Fallon has been delivering, no one would want him back. Between the recent Footloose anniversary celebration with Kevin Bacon and an awesome Predator-inspired sketch with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fallon is delivering high quality entertainment. And last night’s show was no different.
For those who may not know, The Disney Channel has a series called “Girl Meets World” on the way this summer, and it’s a sequel to the ABC series “Boy Meets World,” which ended its run 14 years ago. The series has become quite revered by children of the ’90s who grew up with the coming-of-age tale of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) and his complicated romance with girlfriend Topanga (Danielle Fishel), not to mention his adventures and mishaps with his brother Eric (Will Friedle) and his best friend Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong).
The “Tonight Show” writers are apparently hip to the “Boy Meets World” nostalgia, and they delivered a special treat for fans as they had Samuel L. Jackson utilize his perfect delivery to read a slam poem that is worthy of even the most hipster populated coffee house back in the mid ’90s. The only thing missing from this amazing gem is a bongo break somewhere:
And for those interested, “Girl Meets World” will be set in New York City, picking up many years after “Boy Meets World” left off. Cory and Topanga (Savage and Fishel reprise their roles) are now married and raising two children, 7th-grade daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and son Auggie (August Maturo). As the title implies, this series follows their daughter Riley as she grows up and encounters the trials and tribulations of modern adolescence.
Cory and Topanga aren’t the only familiar faces stopping by the series either. Mr. Feeney (Wiliam Daniels) will appear, and there’s a holiday episode coming that will bring back Rider Strong as Shawn and also Betsy Randle and Wiliam Russ as Cory’s parents, now proud grandparents. Where’s Will Friedle? Well, he might not pop up because he struggles with agoraphobia (a fear of open spaces with perceptions that certain environments are unsafe) and has taken to a career in voiceover acting in various animated series. We’re still hoping he can be coaxed out for at least one guest appearance.
“Girl Meets World” premieres this summer on The Disney Channel but has no specific premiere date yet.
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