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In fall 1993, a coming-of-age comedy called “Boy Meets World” premiered on ABC’s “Tgif” Friday night lineup; 21 years later, its sequel series, “Girl Meets World,” is debuting on the Disney Channel with many of the original cast members reprising their roles for a new generation.
Few could have anticipated the enduring popularity of the family sitcom — which starred Ben Savage as Cornelius “Cory” Matthews and Danielle Fishel as his first love and eventual wife, Topanga Lawrence — but ABC’s Tgif block was responsible for a number of iconic comedies during its initial run between 1989 and 2000, many of which still live on in syndication today. And, as with all networks, the roster was also responsible for some spectacular trainwrecks, with concepts so surreal, you’d think a kid pitched them while on a sugar high.
Before we meet Cory and Topanga’s precocious daughter, Riley (Rowan Blanchard), take a trip down »
- Laura Prudom
A version of this story first appeared in the April 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When John Tesh walked away from Entertainment Tonight in 1996, he disappeared from the national TV stage. But Tesh never quit working. He has performed 30 or more concerts a year and since 2003 has hosted (with his wife, actress Connie Sellecca, and stepson, Gib Gerard) a syndicated radio show on about 800 stations billed as Intelligence for Your Life. Now, Tesh, 61, is returning to TV with a daily syndicated talk show, also called Intelligence for Your Life, and a business plan
- Alex Ben Block
The story centers on two orphans raised by a CIA operative to be assassins, only to become targets themselves. David Morrell’s novel was published in 1984, with the NBC mini following five years later and starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Strauss and Connie Sellecca (pictured above).
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- Dave McNary
3 items from 2014