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Disney Channel introduces ‘Girl Meets World’ on Friday

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Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) is all grown up in “Girl Meets World,” a spin-off of “Boy Meets World,” which premieres at 9:45 p.m. Friday on Disney Channel. As a parent and teacher, he’ll have plenty of chances to embarrass his teenage daughter (Rowan Blanchard, right), including in front of her crush (Peyton Meyer, left).
RON TOM | Disney Channel
Rowan Blanchard (right) is Riley Matthews, the daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews, in “Girl Meets World,” a spin-off of “Boy Meets World.” Sabrina Carpenter plays her best friend, Maya.
RON TOM | Disney Channel
Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage reprise their roles as Topanga and Cory in “Girl Meets World,” a spin-off of “Boy Meets World” that finds them raising two children in New York City.

Just as Charleston’s week was jam-packed last week with FestivALL activities, so was TV land with 20 show premieres. This week, things greatly slow down on the small screen, if not as much in Charleston. Only three new scripted shows make their debuts, along with five reality shows.

While I’m technically well outside the targeted age range, I am still excited for first scripted show: Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World,” premiering at 9:45 p.m. Friday.

Growing up in the ’90s, I was a big fan of “Boy Meets World,” from which “Girl” descends. Both in originals and reruns, I spent hours watching Cory (Ben Savage), Topanga (Danielle Fishel), Shawn (Rider Strong), Eric (Will Friedle), Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) and the rest of the gang in their adventures.

In “Girl,” Cory and Topanga are married with two kids — the titular girl, Riley (Rowan Blanchard), and her younger brother, Auggie (August Maturo). Topanga is now a lawyer, and Cory is a history teacher at Riley’s middle school. They’re kept on their toes by Riley and her rebellious best bud Maya (Sabrina Carpenter), who could probably hold her own against Shawn in his younger days.

There will be many familiar faces for “Boy” fans throughout the course of the season, including Mr. Feeny in the pilot, Shawn in a holiday episode and both of Cory’s parents. (It’s almost certain that Eric will appear at some point, but nothing has been confirmed.) Stuart Minkus (Lee Norris) will also show up, as his know-it-all son is one of Riley’s classmates, and Cory’s high school bully, Harvey “Harley” Kiner (Danny McNulty), is the school’s janitor.

The show premieres after the made-for-Disney movie “Zapped” (starring “Shake It Up’s” Zendaya and “Lab Rats’” Spencer Boldman), but then it takes two weeks off before resurfacing in its regular 8:30 p.m. Friday timeslot starting July 11.

Next up is CBS’ “Reckless” at 9 p.m. Sunday. It’s set in Charleston, S.C., where I vacationed growing up, but my love of the city isn’t enough to interest me in this legal drama/romance about a Yankee litigator and Southern city attorney who fall for one another even as they clash over a police sex scandal that divides the city. It stars Cam Gigandet (“Twilight”), Anna Wood (“Chronicle”), Shawn Hatosy (“Southland”) and Adam Rodriguez (“CSI: Miami”).

Finally, PBS begins airing the British sitcom “Vicious” at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, following the season premieres of “Last Tango in Halifax” at 8 p.m. and “Endeavour” at 9 p.m. It stars Sirs Derek Jacobi (also in “Halifax”) and Ian McKellen as a gay couple together for nearly 50 years, who have a love/hate relationship with each other.

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Reality series premieres: “Buying Naked,” 10 p.m. Saturday, TLC (a realtor helps nudist home buyers); “Biker Battleground Phoenix,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, History (custom motorcycle builders); “Man Finds Food,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Travel (Adam Richman explores cities’ hidden food treasures); “American Grilled,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, Travel (cooking challenge visiting a new city each week); “Dark Temptations,” 10 p.m. Wednesday, ID (dangerous obsessions and fetishes).

Season premieres: “NY Med,” 10 p.m. Thursday, ABC; “Beyond Scared Straight,” 10 p.m. Thursday, A&E; “The Legend of Korra,” 7 p.m. Friday, Nickelodeon; “Haunted Hathaways,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Nickelodeon; “Street Outlaws: Full Throttle,” 8 p.m. Monday, Discovery (two hours); “Under the Dome,” 10 p.m. Monday, CBS; “History Detectives,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, PBS; “Buddy’s Bakery Rescue,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, TLC; “Drunk History,” 10 p.m., and “Nathan for You,” 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central.

Timeslot premieres: “Big Brother,” 9 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS.

Returning: “Drugs, Inc.,” 9 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic (back-to-back episodes).

Season finales: “The Challenge,” 10 p.m. Thursday, MTV; “Continuum,” 10 p.m. Friday, Syfy; “Heroes of Cosplay,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy; “La La’s Full Court Life,” 10 p.m., and “Marrying the Game,” 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, VH1.

Specials: “Great Performances at The Met: La Boheme,” 9 p.m. Friday, PBS; “BET Awards,” 8 p.m. Sunday, BET (hosted by Chris Tucker, with performances by Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, Mariah Carey and more); “Wahlburgers” summer special,” 10 p.m. Sunday, A&E; “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Animal Rights...or Wrongs?” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nickelodeon (kids debate the topic of animal testing).

Of note: group challenges begin on “Last Comic Standing,” 10 p.m. Thursday, NBC; Fox broadcasts the lone unaired episode of “Rake,” 9 p.m. Friday; the Top 20 perform on “So You Think You Can Dance,” 8 p.m. Wednesday, Fox.

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