During the taping of the episode “Pod Meets World”, Lee Norris noted that he starred as Chucky Lee Torkelson in the 1991 TV series The Torkelsons, which was developed by Boy Meets World co-creator Michael Jacobs. This discussion takes place around the 7:00 pm episode of the podcast. After The Torkelsons were canceled following a second season retooling that included a title change to Almost Home, Jacobs contacted Norris, who was 12 at the time, to see if he would be interested in playing Minkus. .
“I think I even answered the phone at my house and it was Michael and he said, ‘How would you like to come to LA and play this wonderful role?’ And I thought this is an actor’s dream, I don’t have to audition,” Norris stated. He went on to say that he only had two days to prepare for the show’s first table reading. The One Tree Hill actor shared that he found the experience stressful as he knew that Jacobs would replace him if he wasn’t happy with his performance.Will Friedle added that Ben Savage and William Daniels also didn’t audition before being cast on the show, so, apparently, those who were behind the scenes had a clear idea of who they wanted to see in these parts.