Mr. Squirrels is coming. On December 3 TVLine confirmed that actor Will Friedle will be appearing on the upcoming second season of “Girl Meets World,” which will air in 2015. The series is a spin-off of “Boy Meets World,” where Friedle played Eric Matthews, the older and idiotic brother of the series star Cory Matthews. Friedle will also be joined by actor William Daniels, who played the next door neighbor and beloved teacher Mr. Feeny for all seven seasons.
When the new series was originally confirmed last year, many of the original actors expressed a desire to return for the show, including Ben Savage (Cory) and Danielle Fishel (Topanga). However, Friedle revealed that he had no interest in appearing on the show, but would be attending every taping of the show in support. Friedle, who rarely appears in on screen roles anymore, has found success in voice acting and many of the projects have also aired on Disney Channel.
The role of Eric Matthews on the original show was for comic relief and it will be no different on the new series. Friedle is expected to reprise his role in an episode called “Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels,” which will be a part of season two. Fans of the original show will remember a flash forward episode when the group was in college, and reunited after having a big falling out years earlier. Eric showed with a grey robe, long beard, the name Plays with Squirrels and was married to a moose.
According to E! Online on December 3, William Daniels will also be making an appearance in at least two episodes of the new season as Mr. Feeny. Fans may recall that Feeny appeared briefly at the end of the pilot episode of “Girl Meets World,” as a hologram that Cory sees in the subway station. Producers on the series have revealed that Mr. Feeny will have an important role in season two along with Friedle, and some other cast members will be along for the ride.
Savage recently tweeted a photo from the set, in which Cory, Shawn, Topanga, Mr. Feeny, and Alan Matthews are standing at the set of what looks like Mr. Feeny’s old house. The writers revealed that the group will go to “retrieve something from the past” as a way to tie in the original show as well. Rider Strong will also be appearing more in season two as Shawn Hunter, Cory’s best friend, although his season one debut will be the holiday episode airing on December 5.
The original series ran for seven seasons and followed Cory and his family as he survived middle school, high school and college in Philadelphia. The new series follows Cory and Topanga’s daughter Riley, as she navigates middle school in New York City with her best friend Maya. The second season was green lit by Disney Channel after the first season has consistently strong ratings. At least one more cast member from the original show will be appearing on the second season of the spin-off as well.