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Before Fuller House and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life followed up on their previously introduced characters and narratives, Disney Channel had already delivered a surprising TV revival with Girl Meets World. The wholesome sitcom's ratings are noticeably lower than its first two seasons, but viewership is pretty consistent, even in its inconsistencies. Without any word about a potential Season 4, fans remain worried about an impending cancellation, and that appeared to have been confirmed by the show's co-star and episode director Rider Strong, at least until it wasn't. Here's what he said recently that got people antsy.
We finished the third season of Girl Meets World. My brother and I were directing a lot of episodes and I acted in a couple. And the show ended.
Those comments were made on the podcast Literary Disco, which is co-hosted by Rider Strong, better known to most as original Boy Meets World character Shawn Hunter. He and his brother Shiloh have indeed been behind the camera for a bunch of Girl Meets World episodes, but does that make them the end-all experts on how long the family comedy will be on the air? As it happens, no, not at all.
The Girl Meets World writing staff, who use a shared Twitter account to keep in touch with the widespread fanbase, was apparently taken aback by all the attention Rider Strong's claim got. Earlier today, they gave an update that sadly didn't reveal a secret season renewal, but it did debunk the belief that Disney had indeed already put in a cancellation order.
That's great to hear, since the writers are presumably far more in the know on the show's future. (Which isn't to say that Rider Strong knows nothing, but it's probably less than the main creative team.) At least we know now that Disney hasn't actually made a decision public yet.
For a quick laugh, check out how the writers took a playful jab at Rider Strong and his onscreen persona in a later tweet.
It'd be great if someone could put a tweet or a podcast out explaining exactly what's taking Disney's execs so long to make a decision here. I know a lot of pieces are in play, but this isn't Game of Thrones or anything. It was thought that the giant Boy Meets World reunion earlier this season was a way to get everyone together before the show was cancelled, but then no cancellations came. Everyone should be aware by now what the show is capable of doing, ratings-wise, and the longer this wait lasts, the less likely it seems like more episodes will be ordered up. But crazier things have happened.
With its future still up in the air, Girl Meets World will return to finish out its Season 3 run on Disney Channel starting on Saturday, January 6, 2017. To see what else is coming to the small screen in the new year, check out our midseason premiere schedule.