Sorry, Riley fans. Girl Meets World has met another disappointing blow below the belt as Netflix declines the opportunity to pick up the family sitcom following its cancelation on The Disney Channel. The team behind the sequel to Boy Meets World was looking for a new home. But it won't be on the world's most popular streaming service, which actually has a big deal with Disney in place already.
Netflix was one of few avenues the Girl Meets World team was traveling down in the hopes of securing more future episodes. The Wrap reports that this bit of hope was shut down. Netflix has officially declined to pick the show up for a fourth season.
Girl Meets World was canceled on January 4. This immediately set off a firestorm of controversy amongst the series' many fans. A backlash formed, and campaigns to save the show sprouted up almost immediately upon announcement of the cancellation. The show continues the story of Boy Meets World, with Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel) all grown up, raising their teenage daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard) as she interacts with her close group of friends. The show will continue to seek out another platform, but it's unlikely that it will go on at this point.
Fans have mounted campaigns for both Netflix and Hulu to pick up Girl Meets World. Showrunner Michael Jacobs says he never agreed with the cancelation decision at Disney. And he says that there is a lot more story to tell when it comes to Riley and her family. He explains.
"We are certainly having discussions, there are some interested platforms. 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."
At this time, HULU has not responded to requests to pick up the show. There are a number of other options being sought out, but it's unclear if any interest is being shown. All that is confirmed is that Netflix will definitely not arrive as a knight in shining armor to be the show's savior.
At this time, Disney Channel refuses to comment on the show's ultimate fate. As far as the cable network is concerned, Girl Meets World has ended with its third and final season, with the last episodes airing this month. The Girl Meets World Series Finale will air this Friday at 6pm on The Disney Channel.