Canceled Series May Be Brought Back to Life

Jan 13, 2017  •  Post A Comment

A cable series that was canceled a little more than a week ago could spring back to life.

Just hours after the Disney Channel officially canceled “Girl Meets World” last week the show was nominated for a Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Children’s Program. Now media reports are suggesting that Netflix or another streamer will step in to keep the series going.

Disney Channel announced last week that it has scheduled the show’s final episode, “Girl Meets Goodbye,” for Friday, Jan. 20. The sequel to “Boy Meets World” ran for three seasons.

But “Girl Meets World” showrunner Michael Jacobs suggested to TheWrap that there may be more life left in the series. He told the website this week: “We are certainly having discussions — there are some interested platforms.”

His comment followed a strong response by the show’s fans to its cancellation, with many on social media calling for the series to be picked up by Netflix or Hulu.

TheWrap quotes Jacobs saying: “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.”

The report quotes a statement from Disney Channel saying: “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.’”

Deadline.com notes that “Girl Meets World” has been “one of Disney Channel’s best received series, with sharp writing, strong reviews, two consecutive best children’s program Emmy nominations for the first two seasons as well as WGA and PGA nominations.” The Deadline report suggests that it might be a better demographic fit for Netflix.

Jacobs hinted that the show’s fate may be determined soon, telling TheWrap: “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.”

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