‘Fuller House’ Officially Picked Up By Netflix; John Stamos To Return As Uncle Jesse
Fuller House, the Full House spinoff/sequel series is officially coming to Netflix and will bring back stars John Stamos, Candace Cameron-Bure, Andrea Barber and Jodie Sweetin.
Fuller House Coming To Netflix
Netflix has ordered a 13-Episode season of Fuller House, set to debut in 2016. Though the show remains in the early stages, Netflix did release an official synopsis, confirming that the spinoff will focus on D.J. Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler:
“In Fuller House, the adventures that began in 1987 on Full House continue, with veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Cameron-Bure) pregnant and recently widowed, living in San Francisco. D.J.’s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Sweetin) and D.J.’s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Barber), along with Kimmy’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona, will all move in to help take care of D.J.’s two boys – the rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic 7-year-old Max – and her soon-to-arrive baby.”
Stamos, who will produce and guest star in the new series, made the news official during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Stamos told Jimmy Kimmel that he had been working on the idea of a continuation to Full House with the show’s creator Jeff Franklin for quite some time. “We’ve been working on this for many, many years,” Stamos dished.
Stamos revealed a few plot details, including that the spinoff would focus on D.J. Tanner (Cameron-Bure) and her BFF Kimmy Gibbler (Barker), but fans of hoping to see Stamos reprise his role as Uncle Jesse will still get their wish. Stamos added that the hope is that Fuller House start with a reunion episode.
“So, it starts sort of as a reunion and then spins off…and you have Candace and Jodie and Andrea Barber, and Candace has three boys and it’s sort of a reversal,” Stamos explained.
Which Full House Cast Members Will Return?
When asked whether Bob Saget would return to play the family patriarch, Danny Tanner, Stamos answered with an optimistic, “He better be.”
As for the Olsen twins, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen who got their start as babies on Full House playing Michelle Tanner, Stamos didn’t give much hope of a possible return, joking, “If we can’t get the Olsen twins, we’re gonna dress you up.”
The Olsens have famously left acting behind and are currently focusing on their fashion empire, but Stamos assured Kimmel that they would be trying to get as many beloved Full House cast members to return for the pilot, saying, “We’re gonna try to get everybody.”
According to the official Netflix press release, producers are currently in talks with the Olsen twins, Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey) and Lori Loughlin (Rebecca). No word yet on whether or not fan favorite Scott Weinger will return as D.J.’s high school boyfriend, Steve.
In an interview on Tuesday morning following the official announcement, Louhlin gave fans a cryptic update on her status concerning the spinoff, saying that half the cast have yet to strike a deal to appear on the show.
“They decided it’d be great to open the show with a one-hour reunion. The only thing is, they only made deals with half the cast, but not the other half,” Loughlin told Access Hollywood Live.
Loughlin clarified that she would love to be a part of it, but is hoping for “fair” contracts for all cast members, adding, “I think we would all like to come back if the powers that be are fair to all of us.”
As for Coulier, he appeared more optimistic about the odds of his return to Full House, sharing a celebratory photo on Instagram. “So happy for my Fuller House girls! I love you all! I hope Mr. Potato Head’s coming back too,” he wrote.
Candace Cameron-Bure And Andrea Barker Celebrate Fuller House
Meanwhile, returning cast members Barker and Cameron-Bure celebrated the revival of their onscreen friendship on social media. “Are you ready to be best friends again?” Barkter tweeted to Cameron-Bure.
— Andrea Barber (@andreabarber) April 21, 2015
— Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) April 21, 2015
Barber also shared a photo showing off her character’s signature wacky style in the form of brightly colored socks, writing, “After almost 20 years…my bright tights are officially coming out of retirement.”
A photo posted by Andrea Barber (@andreabarber) on
— Jodie Sweetin (@JodieTweetin) April 21, 2015
Whoa baby! It’s official — pigs are flying and we’re coming back! And it only took 8 years to make it happen! I’ll try not to screw it up
— jeff franklin (@fullhouseguy) April 21, 2015
“The continued support of Full House fans of all ages from the last 28 years has been astounding. It is an honor and a thrill to catch up with these beloved characters and explore their lives today. The love you saw on the show was real. The cast has remained a loving family off screen all these years. We are as excited as our fans to finally bring Full House back to life,” said executive producers Franlkin, Robert L. Boyett and Thomas L. Miller in a statement.