[TV] Ben Savage Gives a Production Start Date For Girl Meets World Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.06.2012
Plus his thoughts about Boy Meets World's success and more...
Ben Savage recently spoke with Rolling Stone about plans for the upcoming Girl Meets World and more. Check out the highlights:
On life since the announcement of the show: "It's been pretty . . . I'm gonna say pretty exciting. Let's leave it at that...[The fan reaction] was very nice. I'll say it was exciting and flattering that people are still so excited about the show after all this time."
On whether he knew the show was so loved: "I mean, I knew it was a highly-regarded show, and I know it holds a special place in people's hearts after all this time. Like I said, it's very flattering. But, you know, the other thing is, it was a big part of my childhood as well. As important as it is to a lot of fans and a lot of people who watched our show, it's just as important to me after all this time. It was an integral part of my life too, obviously...All of it is very flattering. I know a lot of people grew up with that show. The funny thing is, back then – and it sounds like I'm talking about some prehistoric age – it was not long ago we didn't have as much options of cable television and Internet. And we were all kind of in the same place at one point just watching TGIF on Friday nights. And so, to a lot of people, this show means a lot."
On the show's success in appealing to people of all ages: "I guess it was kind of a hybrid of a kids' show and an adult show. We were just having fun on that show. Everyone was just kind of having a blast. The writers were a lot of fun. And the directors were always fun. And the acting was always fun. It was just a fun experience. So hopefully that came across to our viewers. At the same time, we tried to communicate some sort of message that was somewhat wholesome and had some sort of meaning. And I think people appreciate it. I think people can really appreciate a show with a good message, but one that does that with some humor."
On whether a sequel series had ever been discussed before now: "In an official capacity, no. This was really the first time where it had sort of been mentioned in an official way. I mean, people have been discussing it for a long time – some sort of movie-of-the-week or some sort of, I guess, some sort of film about the show. But I think that everyone associated with the show wanted to make sure that if we were to come back, that we weren't going to do it in a way that was going to be a disservice to the show. No one wanted to really cash in, if you will, too early, or no one really wanted to do something that was going to be cheesy. So when we all decided to get together for this, there were a lot of discussions. I mean, this has been going on for months in an unofficial way. But the build-up to this Girl Meets World series, there was a lot of discussions and a lot of conversations to make sure we were all on the same page about what we were doing."
On whether he was hesitant to sign on: "Let me say this: It wasn't that I was resistant . . . I think it was just a matter of making sure all of us were on the same page about what we were going to do in terms of making the show last another seven years, hopefully. There were different options around of following our characters or following this. But it just seems a little poetic that we're coming back 13 years later and it's following our daughter's character. I like that concept, because it's very poetic and it's kind of passing it off to the next generation...Danielle and I had definitely had a lot of discussions of what we wanted to do, and if we were both onboard. Again, just making sure that everything was right and we felt right about it. Listen, the people that are doing the show – Michael Jacobs is the executive producer – they know what we're about, and they know what we're looking for. I guess it's also a matter of trust that we're all on the same page."
On whether Rider Strong or Bill Faniels will be back as Shawn or Mr. Feeny: "We're going to wait and see what happens. Obviously, I don't want to give away too many details. But there's definitely been discussions about some of everyone's favorite characters popping up in the show and making appearances. We'll see what happens."
On when production starts: "We start shooting, I think, February of next year."
On casting for the daughter role: "We're working on that right now. There have been a few names tossed around. We're meeting with girls and auditioning and that whole process. You know, we're slowly trying to find the perfect girl."