UPDATE Jan. 4: It’s official now — “Girl Meets World” will end with its third-season finale on Jan. 20.
“It is with incredible pride in our work and complete sadness that things end, that I report to this wonderful audience that our show is over,” begins a series of tweets from series creator Michael Jacobs. “I just officially got the call and would like to thank this audience for its incredible love and loyalty.”
The original post from Dec. 29 is below.
The future is not looking especially bright for “Girl Meets World” on Disney Channel.
There has been speculation that the show’s current third season would be its final one for several months now, based on the odd report here and there that cast members were saying goodbye to the show. One of the show’s adult actors, Rider Strong, lent further weight to the idea in a podcast last week.
Strong, who reprised his “Boy Meets World” role as Shawn Hunter on “Girl Meets World” and also directed a number of episodes, said this on his podcast, Literary Disco: “We finished shooting the third season of ‘Girl Meets World’ … and the show ended.”
Disney isn’t commenting on the show’s future. However, a tweet from the show’s writers’ room — and presumably authored by series creator Michael Jacobs — after this story and others were posted reads, “As much as I love Shawn Hunter, having created his character and everything, you have to remember that he was wrong a lot.”
There are three episodes remaining in Season 3. The first of those, an hourlong episode called “World Meets Girl,” is set to air Jan. 6. The season, or perhaps series, finale is scheduled for Jan. 20 and is titled “Girl Meets Goodbye.” Most of the cast of “Boy Meets World,” including Strong, William Daniels, Will Friedle, Lee Norris, Betsy Randle and William Russ, will make appearances in the finale.
“Girl Meets World” premiered to strong ratings in the summer of 2014, drawing 5.2 million viewers for its debut episode. Though it didn’t stay at those heights, the show has continued to be a solid performer for much of its run. The six episodes that have aired this fall (starting Sept. 16) have averaged about 1.5 million viewers.
“Girl Meets World” joins these shows that have been shown the door in 2016-17.