Thursday, January 5, 2017

Girl Meets World officially cancelled

Most of you have heard the news by now, I'm sure, but seemed like we ought to make an actual post to address it. "Girl Meets World" was officially cancelled by Disney yesterday, apparently. Although the writing's been on the wall for months now, and I think Sean and I at least had pretty much been operating under this assumption.

With only three episodes left, Sean and I will obviously be doing a more formal wrap-up post in the coming month. It's a bittersweet moment. I won't pretend that Sean's and my interest in the show hasn't waned this season, and I admit I'm sort of ready to end the day-to-day responsibility of this blog. Still, it's sad that the adventures of the Matthews family has come to what will likely be a final close, and I'm very grateful for you all for sticking with us.

In the meantime, gear up for three more episode reviews, and the remainder of the Top 20 Meets World Characters list. 

Everything that comes to mind here would be better served in the final wrap up, so I don't have anything to add. Christian's on deck for the next two Top 20 posts, so yell at him to write them.

I will say that, although "cancelled" is technically correct, I prefer to just call it ending.

105 comments:

  1. Long time reader, first time commenter.

    While I never was hooked on GMW from the time it first aired, I still found myself watching every week, probably because I felt this urge to finish what I started, no matter how much the show bothered me. Truthfully I was waiting for the “It gets better moment,” but I guess it never came for me lol. Call it fate, but at some point in my frequent ranting about the show's flaws, I stumbled upon this blog and have been reading it ever since. I truly appreciate both of you guys’ commentary on each episode, because not only is it always really funny, but constantly in line with what I think every time I watch. Both of you are very insightful, and are probably the main reason why I still watch. I am kind of sad the show is ending, but the writing was never really good enough or the situations portrayed realistically enough for me to see it live longer than this. I saw in it a lot of potential, but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be. Anyway, thank you guys for writing these posts and sharing your thoughts. It’s made watching GMW more interesting, because I have your humor and insight to look forward to.
    Happy New Year, and can’t wait to see the Next Top 20 posts!

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    1. That's very nice of you to say, thanks!

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    2. You're most welcome!

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  2. The title of this post should read "Girl Meets World Reviewed Ending." That is much sadder and relevant to my interests than some Disney Channel show

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    1. I can't speak for Sean, but my guess is we'll still pop up from time to time for a while. I mean, at the rate we're going, the Top 20 list won't be done by the time the show ends.

      And *I* want us to do a definitive ranking of all the Meets World episodes.

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    2. I agree. The show may not have been that great, but this blog was a wonderful, intelligent place.

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    3. Is there any chance a podcast done by you two could still happen, or was that idea also Girl Meets World based? I'm not sure I'm ready to say goodbye to Cory and Shawn, but I sure as hell know I'm not ready to say goodbye to Christian and Sean.

      What I'm really trying to say here is: The Weekenders Reviewed, make it happen

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    4. "What I'm really trying to say here is: The Weekenders Reviewed, make it happen"

      I will pay Sean and Christian some living expenses if they make that.

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    5. If y'all actually pay my living expenses, I'll review whatever you guys decide.

      I love The Weekenders, and I think Sean might too, but that's a bit too niche to review I think.

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    6. Yeah... if there were money to be made I'd keep this team going as long as we could.

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    7. This is Cryptid.

      While I loved "The Weekenders," and think Christian and Sean would do an excellent job, I don't see how it's possible to have a Reviewed! blog for it. The episodes would be hard to find unless you were to torrent them. Which I do not recommend.

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    8. http://www.toonova.net/the-weekenders

      they're here! AHEM!

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    9. Alright, well... Harry Potter Movies Reviewed, make it happen! You guys arguing over which house each character would be showed me potential.

      Damn it, I'm not ready to let you guys go.

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    10. Maybe if we bug Zach Braff enough, he'd pay for Sean to do Scrubs Reviewed.

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    11. HAHAHAHA, Ted that is actually a legit idea. I think if ANYTHING were gonna happen, it would be that. And you're definitely on the right track Mike.

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    12. literally will friedleJanuary 6, 2017 at 9:19 PM

      You two could set up a Patreon and just continue reviewing things.

      i mean it would never be as good as bmw reviewed but it's really not fair to compare that to anything as it's truly the pinnacle of reviewing media

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    13. I would read the hell out of Scrubs Reviewed.

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    14. no icarly reviewed

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    15. Fresh Prince Reviewed. I'll do guest appearances, make sure I comment frequently, I'll even start it off with some prototype reviews, but make it happen.

      You know what? Forget it, I'll keep the million dollar idea in my pocket for now.

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    16. Yeah I'm totally down to read a Fresh Prince Reviewed. I remember suggesting it to Sean in one of the early Boy Meets World Reviewed posts before this blog was around. Still think it's the logical next step after Boy Meets World

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    17. The thing for me is whether or not I can add to the existing discussion. I felt like a lot of people didn't know what the fuck they were talking about when it came to Boy Meets World, and I had a lot to say, so I had to get that out. Fresh Prince and Scrubs, it's like, everyone already knows why they're great. Would a review blog change anyone's mind about those two? I doubt it.

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    18. That does bring up a really good point actually. Before reading your blog I did feel kinda alone when it came to the greatness of BMW, at least for reasons other than 90s nostalgia. These blogs have really helped encourage intelligent and mature analysis of these shows and helped me and many others figure out why Boy Meets World worked so well.

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    19. This is Cryptid.

      That's a fair point Sean, finding ways to actually add to the discussion is quite important. As it happens, before your original blog, the closest thing to an ongoing discussion on BMW was on the Internet Movie Database. And most threads for shows not actively producing new episodes tended to be pretty quiet.

      The key to success on these types of blogs, I think, is finding something that flies under the radar, that can mean different things for different people. And I mean shows or movies that really fly under the radar, not shows like "Freaks and Geeks" or "Firefly" that, however deserving of the acclaim, cannot be considered "overlooked" anymore.

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    20. Yeah. I don't think anything is flying under the radar on Fresh Prince or Scrubs.

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    21. Firefly was -never- overlooked, by anyone except the network.

      And very few '90s shows will be overlooked; because all those people who were teenagers in the 90s, are now the people who write the shows; which is why we have such a lot of reboots; sequels, spiritual successors.

      It's also why, much as I'd want to keep talking with the people here, it's not likely to happen. Not beyond those last few blogs outside of the reviews that have been mentioned.

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    22. heck no icarly reviewed

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    23. "The thing for me is whether or not I can add to the existing discussion. I felt like a lot of people didn't know what the fuck they were talking about when it came to Boy Meets World, and I had a lot to say, so I had to get that out. Fresh Prince and Scrubs, it's like, everyone already knows why they're great. Would a review blog change anyone's mind about those two? I doubt it."

      I'm in a similar spot. I started Girl Meets World Reviewed as a reaction to not seeing any good reviews of the show anywhere else. They were all either cloyingly positive on fan sites or were looked at too objectively like on places like Entertainment Weekly, where they obviously didn't have the fandom to appreciate it. There weren't any voices like mine - people who could call the show on its shit but also loved the franchise and the characters to a degree where I wouldn't be too jaded to appreciate it.

      But I'm not sure if there's another show that exists like that. There's plenty of shows I like as much or more than BMW, but they're either so good or mainstream that they receive plenty of well-thought out reviews and my voices isn't needed, or they're so obscure and/or old that I don't think a market exists for reviews.

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    24. If I could get Sean on board with reviewing the late '90s CGI cartoon "Beast Wars", though, I'd happily do a review site with him on that.

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    25. crash and bernstein best friends whenever reviewed

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    26. I'd read the hell out o a Beast Wars reviewed blog; but that was actually, from memory, incredibly popular as a spin-off of Transformers.

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    27. no crash and bernstein best friends whenever reviewed

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  3. Have they said exactly how this happened? Like did t get canned but they gave them enough time to make a decent finale or what?

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    1. Michael Jacobs announced that he got the call yesterday that the show will be cancelled.

      They finished filming Season 3 about two or three months ago but while I'm sure some will find the finale good, I doubt it will be completely satisfying.

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    2. The season 3 finale was filmed in July. At that point they were aware that it might not be renewed, but didn't know for sure.

      Considering the finale is a curtain call for the entire cast (including BMW alums) they were pretty sure.

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  4. I've loved what you've been doing here so I'll be sad to see you guys go :(

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  5. 2 new tweets today - some goodbye presents for the show:

    Girl Meets Writers ‏@GMWWriters · 7 hours ago

    GMW nominated this morning Outstanding Children's Programming by Producer's Guild of America.
    It's like rai-ai-ain on your wedding day...


    The nomination for that includes the following:

    The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:
    · Girl Meets World (Season 2, Season 3)
    · Octonauts (Season 4)
    · School of Rock (Season 1)
    · Sesame Street (Season 46)
    · SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 9)

    and

    Girl Meets Writers ‏@GMWWriters · 1h1 hour ago

    GMW just nominated this second for the 2017 Humanitas Prize for The Forgiveness Project by Matt Nelson.
    It's like rai-ai-ain...


    I'm guessing those will be awarded after the end of the show.


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    1. The fact that School of Rock got nominated puts the legitimacy of that award in serious jeopardy.

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  6. Apparently a Netflix representative has said they're interested in picking the show up. I personally would rather have it end now but there's a possibility of a Netflix season 4

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    1. Regarding netflix, I would point out that Fuller House is still terrible.

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    2. Unless the creative direction changes on Netflix, which I alluded to in my own blog post, it should just stay dead. Netflix revitalized Degrassi but only because the writers and producers aimed for less restrictions. If Michael Jacobs tells Netflix he wants to keep the show as is, we'll just have to live with it.

      Which is why I never see it going on Freeform and the idea should have died a long time ago.

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    3. literally will friedleJanuary 6, 2017 at 9:20 PM

      Fuller House is awful, but Full House was always a stupid show.

      For what it's worth, the new season of Degrassi is pretty decent, especially in comparison to the first two Netflix seasons.

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  7. Hello, Meets World Reviewed Community, Felix here.🖖

    I got into Boy Meets World fairly recently, so I just found this blog (and the Boy Meets World one) pretty recently. And I have to say, Sean and Christian, you did an awesome job. 👏 Your reviews are smart, funny, and on point. And all the commenters are a really welcoming community, which is why you're the first community I post on.

    But enough about me. Girl Meets World is cancelled and I'm not really surprised (though I am surprised it got cancelled in favor of Bizardvaark. Like, what the fuck, Disney Channel?😡). The writing wasn't on point most of the time, and as such the plots, character developments, humor and life lessons fell flat. However, I 'm upset it's over, because now Boy Meets World is over. Forever. It's not getting another spinoff, and I'm not ready to say goodbye to Cory, Shawn, Feeny, Eric, Topanga, and the rest. Unfortunately, it's happening. 😭

    I'm sure my love for Boy Meets World will never die nor decrease. I hope this blog won't die just cause the show did, cause Boy Meets World is great enough to keep us posting for years to come. Besides, we're all friends here, and we know what happens when you lose one friend. Let's keep believing. Dreaming. Trying. Doing good. Blogging. 😃

    Long post, I know. Lots to say. 😏

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    1. I couldn't have say it better myself.👏👏👏

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  8. I can honestly say that this doesn't come a shock to me in the slightest. The numbers were down, the season wasn't great, and there didn't feel like there was ever going to be real improvement on the show. I'm saddened for the actors/actresses on the show, as this is them losing their jobs for right now. That's always tough.

    I could be interested in following this if it goes to Netflix, but I'd have to have some assurances that things would be different over there.

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    1. Regarding netflix, I would point out that Fuller House is still terrible.

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    2. This is Cryptid.

      While it is true that "Fuller House" is...lackluster, and while I haven't seen a single episode, from what I hear, it actually does do a very good job in living up to the predecessor in terms of style and theme: it actually feels like a sequel.

      Contrasting GMW, much of the time it does not feel like a sequel to BMW in the first place.

      Hindsight's twenty-twenty of course, but I think I'd rather have had GMW on Netflix to begin with.

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    3. Yeah, Fuller House is a train wreck and if anything, it's only gotten worse in season two but I leave it alone for the most part. It's pretty much exactly what Full House would be like if it was made in modern times. That's not really a good thing, because the original show has that cheesy 80s charm that can't be replicated, but the reboot doesn't aim for anything besides that. This is really for the fans, and judging by the ratings, it looks like it's working.

      Unlike GMW, which tried to strive for something and ended up failing when it got too caught up in its own hype.

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    4. Ok, so I got some clarification on the Netflix stuff.

      Netflix is reportedly interested in the series, but the thing is and should have been very obvious that Disney owns GMW lock, stock and barrel. One industry expert said that it's very unlikely Disney would release their property to an entity that's technically a competitor. Not saying it couldn't happen, but very, very unlikely.

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    5. That's odd, since Disney has been putting their Marvel stuff on netflix.

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    6. Well, that's slightly different. Netflix has only started to do original movies very recently, and I doubt Disney would view them as a competitor. Also, letting Netflix air their movies only makes sense.

      The other caveat I forgot to mention is that there is a lot of smoke around the potential for Disney to out and out buy Netflix to bring them into the family. That would essentially completely kill any hope for the show.

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    7. There might be a chance of Netflix wanting to pick up the show if fan demand is enough, and if that's the case, Disney should just let go of the property. They CHOSE to cancel it. It's not like the writers had a meeting with the execs and Michael Jacobs said that the show has run its course. It's not like the cast was getting tired of it and wanted to move on to other things. Disney waited months and months to make a decision, making the writers' Twitter account look a little delusional and keeping die-hard fans on pins and needles. It was them that no longer wanted the show, and if they really want to make sure it has a second life, then they should do the right thing and release the property.

      Nickelodeon cancelled Degrassi and even passed on the idea of Next Class but at least they handed it off to Netflix knowing it could survive. And for what it's worth, the show feels fresher now than it's been in a while so it worked out for everyone.

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    8. Yeah they should, and demand is probably high enough. But Disney is one of those companies that are highly protective of their property, so I agree that the chance they'll let it go is remote. The only way I see it, is if it's actually related to them buying Netflix - as in, they'll let them do it -if- they buy it. That may even be why they waited so long to announce it - as I think they knew long ago they weren't going to renew it.

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  9. This is kind of a bummer.

    To be frank, GMW was a very frustrating show to watch, because it had nuggets of brilliance peppered in here and there but more often fell short of its potential. It never quite hit a consistent level of quality which gave it kind of a "box of chocolates" feel. Would this week be a Yearbook or a Halloween of Horror??

    Hm, maybe Russian Roulette would be a better metaphor.

    Even so, the show definitely delivered some good times amidst the frustration. S2 kinda fell off a cliff in the latter half, but it also brought us some shows that I think lived up to the "Meets World" caliber, such as Pluto, Yearbook, New Teacher and Texas 1. In addition, I think it handled most of the recurring characters and their lives fairly well; Cory teaching, Topanga as a lawyer, Shawn and Angela finding happiness separate from each other, and Jack's surprisingly good storyline. Even Eric's bold senator plot turned out better than I feared. And Riley and Maya are both strong newer characters who can hang with the original cast.

    I haven't seen any of S3 yet (waiting for Netflix) but I've enjoyed this blog quite a bit, so I'm still planning on reading through each of the newer reviews as I watch the final season. Thanks for the write-ups!

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  10. I'm just saying for your benefit, Nick and Disney Reviewed got the exclusive story five hours before you guys did. Maybe the writers are just sharper over there. ;)

    But in all honesty, I'm really going to miss this blog. Not only are you both fantastic bloggers, the community of people that came here every day to discuss their opinions and come up with ideas was also fun. It's like Full House Reviewed where everyone came together in their hatred of the show.

    Hopefully, one day, you guys have another project lined up and I can have a community of my own. By the way, are you guys interested in doing a big crossover post? You two, me, and Unknown discussing the Meets World universe together?

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    1. Hey I specifically outlined we'd let Girl Meets World Reviewed break the news first :p

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    2. It was the exclusive story! Besides, I saw it as more of an implication.

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  11. While, yes, I imagine GMWR will still be active when the series final airs a presumptive two weeks later up here, I’ll make a couple of comments just in case.

    I enjoyed the episode reviews and other content on this blog immensely and appreciate the work you put into it. Thanks. I will miss this place. If your futures involve more writing, I will happily read it if I’m made aware.

    Skittish just watching children's programming centred on young girls, I made a couple of rules for myself about posting comments, neither, regrettably, dictating brevity. One was to make clear my antiquity. The other was not to try and interact with anyone who hadn’t engaged me first. So, I spent much of my time talking to Cryptid. I will miss that too.

    Whatever the quality of GMW, and however far I am outside the show’s arc of fire, it still spoke to me, if in limited and specific ways. As a direct consequence of watching, I reached out to and recently reconnected with a couple of people from my past. It made a positive impact on my life, and I owe it a debt of gratitude.

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    1. This is Cryptid.

      If nothing else, Milestones, GMW gave me your friendship. I owe it that much, and I am grateful.

      Your "antiquity" as you put it actually brought in some rather unique perspective to the various episodes we've discussed.

      I am delighted to hear that you've reconnected with some of the people you once knew.

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    2. Thanks, Cryptid. I'm certain you know I feel the same way.

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    3. literally will friedleJanuary 6, 2017 at 9:21 PM

      We need to write a buddy-cop movie starring the two of you.

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    4. So is literally will friedle literally Will Friedle?

      I loved you as Ron Stoppable.

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    5. To be honest, I'll miss the blog more than the show. Well, not even just the blog - the regular commenters. You make friends, as it were, which go beyond just watching the show. Will miss talking to them.

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  12. The fact that GMW was cancelled a few days before World Meets Girl made the hour long special pretty sad. Though I will admit it would be such an awkward episode to place in between seasons. It was actually fitting as an ending. I can't wait for the last 2 episodes.

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  13. I've been lurking for a long time and I must say that both of your opinions have been very valuable as well as the commenters on this blog. This blog has been a place where slightly older fans could talk, critique, and enjoy the show for better or worse. This place has put a lot of episodes into perspective and has been a place I come to after every viewing. Thanks to all of you: Sean and Christian, Milestones, Cryptid, Will, and the many others who bring commentary to the conversation. I'd also like to thank the fellow lurkers who view every review,random blog, and who are here faithfully every new episode. So now that we're ending, I can talk about my real feelings about fandom culture. This will be a bit angsty so here I go.

    GMW has been a show that has brought together parents/children in equal interest. Even if the storylines were a bit thin and saccharin after a while. A show in which dealt with love, longevity, and friendship. Friendship being the main theme yet the fandom completely ignored this theme. For the past few years, people spent most of their time shipping. To a point where we had fans coming to the actresses and overtly disregarding their humanity and not allowing the lines between reality and the business get in the way of the show. The deep ship divide ESPECIALLY after "Meets Bear" went over the air along with the incident at the taping of "Meets Girl", it only makes logical sense that this show ended at its duldrum in order for them not to have to end the story the way they likely WANTED to.

    This is the story of the dark side of fandoms and what can happen when fans want too much control. With all the changes Disney likely asked them to make to satiate the hunger of Rucas, Rilaya, and Riarkle fans created too much confusion around what direction the story should've taken. The original was made at a time where people didn't have a direct link to producers, actors, crew, etc. This made it much more organic because they could just write. This show was sadly stopped before it could truly fly because it wasn't Disney enough. Jacobs couldn't adapt well to the restriction that Disney Channel put on the storylines and the show suffered because of this as well. Leaving plotholes that were generally not filled in any way. They just couldn't form the formula to make it on Disney. The deeper storylines could possibly be appropriate for a Netflix release but I don't think it's really smart. Disney missed a major opportunity by not putting it on Freeform in the first place. Most of not all of the above problems could've been avoided if it was marketed to older people in the first place. Just my opinion though.

    Thank you again

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    1. Btw all ships were equally responsible not only Riley ones.

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    2. To be honest, I've been hearing Michael Jacobs saying he felt 'constricted' by the Disney restrictions, and that he couldn't tell the story he wanted to tell. Wouldn't entirely surprise me if that was part of the reason it got cancelled.

      And ships have always been part of TV. The problem is letting fans of those ships dictate what was happening - I have no problem if you want lucaya, riarkle whatever the heck you want to call your ship; but don't get upset if it doesn't happen, and, most especially, don't attack fans of other ships. This happened too often on this show.

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    3. "This is the story of the dark side of fandoms and what can happen when fans want too much control."

      I'd even go so far as to suggest that that control went to affect other shows on the network as well, since I think those shows were made to fall on the wayside due to satiating the GMW/Boy Meets World fanbase. Yeah, I know those same people could hardly be made to give a damn about those shows but like it or not those shows had a fanbase too, and one show does not a network make. I think that last point is the hardest lesson Disney's had to learn.

      I don't buy the Freeform argument. Almost all of the comedies they have on that network are aimed at the young 20s-crowd, and most of the shows they have for the younger demo are single-cam dramas - and using the term "younger demo" loosely (PLL seems to have a surprisingly massive tween-teen fanbase but it seems like Shadowhunters' main draw are people who find Kat McNamara attractive). IMHO people who say it should be on Freeform are either not familiar with the network at all (likewise Disney Channel) or just drinking something (hey, recreational substances are becoming increasingly legal).

      If Jacobs felt restricted, well, I don't know what to say. He writes/produces at the behest of the network, the Boy Meets World rights are owned by ABC/Disney and if he didn't want to play by their rules he could've taken up a "spiritual successor" on YouTube Red. I don't know what other practical options are there. Not to mention, good creators work well under restrictions.

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    4. I mentioned in the past that I don't think moving the show to Freeform would change anything. This is the show Michael Jacobs wanted to make. He had nothing to gain from creating a successor to Boy Meets World. It was Disney who approached him with the idea and from what I know, I don't think he was even all that interested until he hit on the Girl Meets World concept. I'm pretty sure the network gave him creative control, and it's not like GMW is nearly as bad as people make it out to be. There have been genuinely good episodes since season one.

      If Jacobs felt restricted, which is what you would expect if you're making a BMW successor on Disney Channel in the 2010s, then he could have walked off the project. Maybe even tried shopping it to another network. Anything but throwing up his hands and saying, "Well, I'll just do what I can."

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    5. Well, yes. He should have. I don't think Freeform would work; but if he felt he wasn't telling the story he wanted to, there are other channels that may have worked. But he stayed with Disney; and just got... well, it wasn't actually horrendously bad a lot of the time, but it could have been better.

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    6. Had a written reply but I couldn't post for some reason. Anyways I understand why you say Freeform wouldn't work but I think he needed a platform where he could've extended the plot if he wanted to. I honestly think Disney Channel needs a lift and fast. The network is decaying fast. GMW was a little glimmer of hope whilst it lasted. It's time for both Nick and Disney to refresh and rethink. They need to be refreshed BADLY. Children's TV is a sham compared to what us 90s kids had. It's actually pretty disheartening. I just think the Golden Age of Children's cable television may be over and instead, it must go towards a gender neutral family approach. Gendered television is killing children's television. It's the only genre who feels like gendered television is necessary in the first place.

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  14. I'm OK with this. We get a closure episode with Girl Meets Goodbye instead of an abrupt ending, and we got three extra seasons of Matthews adventures. The series was uneven and at times unbearably bad, but there were some glorious moments and wonderful scenes, and we got Rowan and Sabrina, whose careers I will be following closely in the coming years.

    Thank you so, so much, Sean and Christian, for your entertaining reviews. I looked forward to your reactions after each episode. They made the viewing experience complete.

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  15. I want to thank you, Christian and Sean, and your 'crew', most notably, Cryptid, Milestones, Kit Cosmo and 1960poster, for the entertaining, thought-provoking and overall delightful discussions of this 'world'.....I actually became a bigger fan of this blog than the show, but I do appreciate the show and it's creator/writers for bringing this group of people together.... Thank you again....

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    1. Thanks for the shout out. Part of what made "Girl Meets World" so wonderful was having smart, well thought out, disscusions with intelligent fans on this blog.

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  16. I watched every episode of this show, good or bad, partly out of stubbornness to complete shows I've started, but partly because I couldn't wait to hear Sean's and Christian's thoughts on it, as well as the thoughts from the regular commenters.

    So thank you all for basically doubling the amount of enjoyment I would have otherwise had with this show. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the last two episodes.

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  18. Okay, look at this crap:

    http://www.disneychannel.ca/blog/10-girl-meets-world-episodes-summarizes-school

    http://www.disneychannel.ca/blog/10-emotions-we1ve-all-experienced-when-going-back-school

    This is what Disney Channel thinks the school experience is 😂😂!!

    I don't know abour you guys, but my high school experience was trying to be well liked enough and get good enough grades to get to the next year. According to this, high school is an emotional rollercoaster full of adventures and you have to become a school celebrity or something.

    What do you guys think?

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    1. I know!

      Honestly, the whole Disney Channel website is shit. Full of crappy "Are you more X or Y?" and "Which character is your boyfriend?" (I guess they don't realize they have a heterosexual male audience) and "Guide to dressing" and countless other pointless shit. But hey, I guess that's the stuff their target audience is into.

      But yeah, now that GMW is out of Disney Channel, so am I.

      PS: You know what websites are cool? boymeetsworldreviewed.blogspot.com and girlmeetsworldreviewed.blogspot.com. 😉 Great job on both, and excited to see what you'll do next

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    2. This is Cryptid.

      Well, that's certainly depressing. Though not entirely surprising.
      Back when Season One was airing, I distinctly remember the Disney Channel promoting a "Riley" clothing line and an accompanying "Maya" clothing line. Because that's how you show individuality--expensive, brand-name clothing that is tailored to a television show.

      I know that it's a dead horse, and with the show's cancellation, a moot point, but I really am disappointed with the Disney Channel.

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    3. Oh I can imagine exactly what youre talking about, those quizzes with the most transparent answers of all time.
      What would you rather do on a Friday night?
      a) Paint
      b) Yayyyy!
      c) Go to Texas
      d) be Minkus's son

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    4. you chose D? You're Farkle Minkus!

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    5. As it happens, Sean, most of those quizzes do tend to pull lines directly from the show.

      But wouldn't "D" have to be "Try to take over the world," if it were supposed to be Farkle's answer.

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    6. Yeah; some of those quizzes are also really strange, in that you can only answer -one- like the character you end up with; but because it's the question they put extra emphasis on.. you're them!

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    7. Is there a Girl Meets World quiz? I expect it to be awful like Sean projected, but I'll still take it.

      Sean, we should make a really dope Boy Meets World Character quiz. Like a really interesting one filled with not obvious answers.

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    8. Yeah, there's a which GMW character are you quiz. And Sean is right, it's so obvious they might as well ask "Which character are you" "A. Riley" "B. Maya" "C. Lucas" "D. Farkle" Here it is:
      http://www.disneychannel.ca/quiz/which-girl-meets-world-character-are-you

      Other than that, there's the "Which Boy Is Crushing On You Test" I mentioned between Farkle, Josh, Lucas and Zay. Also painfully obvious, and only for people who like boys. Here you go:
      http://www.disneychannel.ca/quiz/which-girl-meets-world-boy-crushing-you

      Then there's a "Should Lucas Be With Riley Or Maya" quiz, because Disney just loves the Great GMW Triangle War Of 2015-2016. Once again, too obvious, especially since there's two options, and Riley and Maya aren't THAT similar. Here's the link:
      http://www.disneychannel.ca/quiz/should-lucas-be-riley-or-maya

      Finally, there's the "GMW Super Fan Trivia Challenge", which I'll admit is less obvious, but still pretty obvious. Here you have it:
      http://www.disneychannel.ca/quiz/girl-meets-world-super-fan-trivia-challenge

      Bottom line is, the quizes are painfully obvious and uninteresting, I don't recommend doing them (I don't know why I gave you the links, that is so cruel of me), and I would LOVE an unobvious BMW character quiz.

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    9. Guess what guys?

      1. I'm Maya.
      2. Josh is crushing on me.
      3. I think Lucas should be with Maya. (This truly is the worst one. It has questions like, "Should Lucas be with a blonde or a brunette?" or "Which word describes who Lucas should be with best 'library' or 'campfire'"?
      4. I got "Girl Meets Super Fan" as my result for the trivia question. I don't know the exact number I got right. But I'm positive I got them all right except for one which I only maybe got right.

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    10. I got the same results as Christian except that I'm apparently on team Rucas. I can't believe they actually have Minkus as one of the choices in the "who are you" quiz, that was supposed to be an outlandish, absurd joke on my part.

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    11. Oh ye gods.
      Well apparently I'm Riley, Zay is crushing on me, I'm team Lucaya (and those questions are the -worst- of all of them), and I'm a Superfan. I know I got one wrong as it highlighted pink instead of blue.

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    12. Sean, how do you manage to be on team Rucas?! I feel like you'd have to go out of your way to get either result!

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    13. Meh. There were a couple of questions there, though it was clear who they were thinking, if you were being totally honest I could see you ending up on Team Riley even if you didn't like that couple. The question about honesty, for example. There were a couple of others I can't remember off the top of my head.

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    14. I am most like Riley, which doesn't surprise me.
      Josh the character with a crush on me, which did surprise me. I got super fan for the trivia quiz.

      According to this quiz, Lucas should be with Maya which I agree with, but mainly because I pictured this series having a longer run.

      In my headcannon, Lucas and Maya become the lead couple that breaks up and gets back together, while Riley is the one dating multiple people over the course of the series. In the end, Riley realizes that the perfect guy for her is Farkle, after Isadora broke up with Farkle because she found someone else. Farkle and Isadora breaking up would in one of the episodes right before the series finale (at least in my version where the series ran until the end of high school, if not through part of college)

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  19. im glad that they were prepared for the slight possibility that it would get canceled so they got as much of the boy meets world cast in the last episode of season 3 i cant wait to see shawn and mr turner in the same episode i hope boy meets world fans get closure between those two characters because of the way it ended in boy meets world.

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    1. So I've already seen "Sweet Sixteen" and based on what I saw and what they wrote it was clear to them that the last 2 episodes, which are a 2-parter, are indeed a series finale.

      The tweet a few weeks ago where Jacobs said that Disney hadn't "cancelled" the show seemes disingenuous after seeing this. It's like Disney told him the show was over, but they wouldn't announce it until the very end in order to not hurt the ratings. Very much like Obi-Wan telling Luke that Darth Vader killed his father. It was accurate "from a certain point of view".

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    2. Sadly, I think this is true. I think that since way back when Peyton revealed he'd taken the Matthews living room sofa they've known. I do understand 'we're not going to call it cancelled whilst we might losing ratings' perspective; but I'd prefer no comment to an outright lie.

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    3. hey 1960, could we skip the "so i've seen the finale and..." comment next week? that's coming from Sean the person, not the blog admin, I just know I'm gonna read your comment without thinking and I'd rather go into the finale with a totally clean slate. Every other time has been fine, but for the finale, even something like "i liked it," I don't want to read that.

      And maybe you weren't even going to, in which case my bad, but I gotta be safe about it.

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    4. I'll second that. It's generally not a big deal, but we probably shouldn't be talking about advanced episodes on posts that aren't that episode's post.

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    5. 1960poster how did you see girl meets sweet sixteen?

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    6. I have Disney Channel On Demand. It's a pay channel. With some cable providers Disney uses this instead of having a standard agreement with the provider.

      I can't use the Disney app or the Watch Disney website even though I'm a Disney Channel customer, but with this channel I get most all new Disney Channel content between 5-7 days early and without it, I have no access to On-Demand for new Disney episodes.

      It varies from provider to provider. I currently live where Time Warner Cable is and they have it, previously I was with Comcast and they don't. It seems pretty much like the luck of the draw as to where you live.

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  20. So I've lurked on the blog for the whole of season three and never felt like I could contribute much. But now that GMW has been cancelled I just want to say that reading this blog (and the comments) has been more fun than this season. So thank you Sean and Christian, I have appreciated your efforts.

    I watched BMW and that nostalgia led to me watching this show. I am glad for some of the Eric/Shawn moments even if I found the nonsense triangle more boring than my six hour accounting case study and I am still really mad that Alan Matthews' appearance was so inconsequential. It's a footnote at the end of BMW that could have been more.

    I'm not sad the show is ending as it never really delivered on its potential. Honestly I don't think a Disney show ever could. So long GMW, at least your random fan blog kept me engaged!

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  22. A few random, rambling thoughts/belated replies/questions while waiting for the chance to watch what appears to be a promotional featurette at the same time you down there watch the series finale.

    Didn’t the Disney Channel approach MJ, and wasn’t theirs the only offer on the table? Or were there other suitors? Did he have the leverage to insist on a more mature venue?

    I have no understanding of any of the factors, and certainly no inside information, about GMW’s cancellation or about any hope for rescue. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Disney Channel were desirous of getting at least one popular young cast member out of GMW and in a vehicle more consistently idiomatic of the network.

    I have always taken it as a given that Disney has held the show back. Sure, for example, Hollywood made great movies during the Production Code era, and could use subtext and suggestion to at least hint at forbidden content. But the Disney yoke might be far more restrictive, and governs not just what can’t be shown but what must be shown. In criticizing the episodes, it’s perfectly fine to wish that, say, Riley was under recurring threat of physical violence at middle school, or that the Farkle episode was a documentary-style excursion through neurological testing, or that the vague references to atrocities in Great Lady of New York were replaced by content that would feel like a field trip to Babi Yar. But, as an expectation or demand, that has always seemed unrealistic.

    Not that the show is blameless, or anything like that. One of the things that became clear working through BMW was that these guys are fully capable of making a bad TV episode without Disney’s help.

    A couple of people have mentioned me and other frequent commenters in their praise of GMWR. While I will certainly accept, and appreciate, the complement, and am happy if I have occasionally added a bit of reading value, I’m trusting it’s blindingly obvious to everyone that Christian and Sean deserve 100% of the accolades for Christian and Sean’s wonderful blog.

    Rowan & Sabrina. In becoming a fan of GMW, and with the Riley-Maya axis being the reason I was fan, I was nevertheless determined not to become a fan of two actual teenage girls. But that is kind of what of happened anyway. They both may or may not be on a rocketship to eternal validation, but they will probably both go on to have careers worthy of following.

    I won’t be taking any test.

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    1. Milestones, Disney went to Jacobs and asked him if he'd like to reboot BMW on their network. He told them no because he had a story to tell, and he felt he told it and was satisfied with the results.

      After talking with this partner though he went back to Disney and told them he would be willing to do a BMW sequel with C&T as the parents and featuring their child. Disney ate that shit up and green-lit the series.

      So in answer to your question, their was never any other place for this show to start, because Jacobs wasn't looking to create it until the Mouse House came to him. And once they said yes he had no reason to think about looking elsewhere for the new show, which in my opinion was too bad.

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    2. I would highly doubt they'd cancel a show purely to get a cast member out and into a new vehicle - if for no other reason, in that it could easily backfire. In particular with Rowan and Sabrina, as being regulars they've built up strong friendships with most of the other cast; and also, they may not trust Disney, especially with how the cancellation was handled. (I never mind a show being cancelled precisely; but the way this one was handled stunk.)

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  23. Just read an online article regarding the cancellation. You can find the entire thing here: https://www.yahoo.com/tv/girl-meets-world-why-disney-062327710.html

    The most interesting thing I saw was this: Among Disney Channel’s target demographic, Girl Meets World was the network’s #5 series in Kids 6-11 and #3 in Tweens 9-14 for 2016. Since Disney Channel is ad-supported, not getting enough traction in the target demos the network sells is a problem.

    So even though GMW was the #1 show on the network in total viewers, it seems that the largest part of those viewers was people like us, who are obviously not Disney's target demographic.

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