Hearts broke everywhere when it was announced that Disney Channel decided to not renew Girl Meets World for a fourth season. If you're a part of the GMW fandom, then you now how loyal and passionate the fans are and it looks like this commitment to the beloved series is already paying off. Michael Jacobs, the creator of GMW and it's predecessor, Boy Meets World, just revealed there is hope the show will go on and could be picked up by another network. CUE THE SCREAMS.
In a new interview with TVLine, Michael spoke about how the fans' intense reaction to the unexpected cancellation of the series has gotten plenty of attention and is the sole reason why there is hope that show could live on in a new home.
"There are talks underway, but we’re at the very very beginning stages. And I can tell you it’s because of the audience’s reaction to the cancellation that there is interest in other places," Michael said. "For anyone in show business, if you ask them why they’re doing something and they say they’re doing it for themselves, they won’t sustain long. Those that answer 'We’re doing it for the audience' and mean it, they sustain. Networks want to do something to gather an audience. The fact that there is an audience who’s been so loyal says a lot."
This is MAJOR and proves just how powerful of a force the GMW fandom really is. Michael additionally spoke to The Wrap and spoke about how he felt the show shouldn't have been canceled so soon.
"I don’t think Girl should have been canceled. We signed to do four seasons. I thought we would be able to tell stories through four seasons. That’s the way we set it up. It was going to be a remarkable final year. But I understand, things end," he said.
Disney Channel also provided a statement to the publication, stating that the network is beyond happy with all the episodes they filmed and aired of the series.
"The decision to not option a fourth season of Girl Meets World was made after careful consideration of many factors. While all good stories have an ending, we’re proud to have presented a generation of kids and families with 70+ episodes and especially the heartfelt finale with so many fan-favorite characters from Boy Meets World," the statement from the network said.
Rider Strong, who played Shawn Hunter, recently spoke on a podcast about how he felt GMW couldn't ever really get as intense and dramatic with its storylines like they did on BMW, since Disney Channel generally appeals to a younger audience. Perhaps if the series does get a second life on another network, it could go in a whole new direction than what fans are used to seeing, but we have a feeling they would be OK with anything if the show comes back. And it's something that is totally possible too. Just look at Fuller House, the sequel series to the classic sitcom Full House, which airs on Netflix and recently got renewed for a third season. Michael went on to say that even though these conversations to continue the show are very early, it won't be drawn out forever and soon fans will know what exactly will happen.
"I don’t think this thing can go on three or four months without a decision. I think it will be sooner rather than later," Michael said. And as for if the cast would be up for returning? Well, he has high hopes.
"I believe everyone will be on board. But I have to say, there are practicalities to this. When something is canceled, that basically releases everyone to make their own decisions. But I think the experience of this particular show was such a good experience for this cast and this crew that — I can’t speak for everyone — but I think the inclination would be to stay together if we could," Michael added.
Michael is obvious staying hopeful but if the show doesn't get picked up, he doesn't want fans to worry. He will make sure the know exactly what he had in mind next for these beloved characters.
"If the show does not go forward, I have this little thing on Twitter I’ve had fun with… You would probably, at some point, hear what at least I had in mind, in some summation or wrap up, if it doesn’t go forward. But I can tell you, what we were doing and what we were building towards, was really good. It’s also knowing that, that makes the show ending early — it’s too bad," he said.
Time to turn those Twitter notifications on is what we're gathering from that update. Until there is an official decision, there are always re-runs of older episodes to keep everyone going.
Click through the gallery to see pics of the cats hanging out together and then tell us in the comments section below what do you think about GMW possibly coming back!