Alright, alright, keep calm everyone. The world has been losing its minds over the fact that Full House will return for a 13-episode sequel on Netflix in 2016. We know this sounds like all your childhood wishes coming true (right after that Boy Meets World reboot—thank you Disney for Girl Meets World), but this “sequel” might not be quite what everyone is expecting. It is actually a spinoff.
The Full House sequel series is officially on at Netflix, according to series star John Stamos.
The actor announced the show had been picked up for 13 episodes on the premium streaming service during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday night.
“Five minutes ago, they called, they sealed the deal,” Stamos said. “We’ve been working on this for many, many years. The original creator, Jeff Franklin… we were trying to do some sort of spinoff, we wanted to give credit to the legacy. So Netflix came around and said, ‘Let’s do thirteen episodes.'”
Called Fuller House, the revival series will focus on Candace Cameron Bure’s character, D.J. Tanner, who is a recently widowed and pregnant veterinarian. Her younger sister Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), childhood best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), and Gibbler’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona, move in. The three women help D.J. raise her two sons—rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic 7-year-old Max—and soon-to-arrive baby.
Differences from Full House
Notice something about this? It's missing a lot of the main characters.
Discussions with original Full House stars Bob Saget, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dave Coulier, and Lori Loughlin regarding guest appearances in the new show are “ongoing,” according to Netflix. However, Loughlin recently told “Access Hollywood Live” that that she wasn’t sure if she’d return. John Stamos is set to produce the show and reprise his role as a guest star. When Kimmel asked if Saget would appear on the show, Stamos replied, “He better.”
Apparently, Mary-Kate and Ashley didn't even know about the spinoff until after it was announced. The twins, who split the role of little Michelle Tanner, acknowledged Netflix's plans for a Full House spin-off in a new interview with Women's Wear Daily. “We just found out about it today,” Mary-Kate told WWD, “I guess we're going to talk to the creators and see what's happening.”
While the plot for the spinoff is directly based on Full House (significant others do not fair well in the Tanner family), all of the the main characters likely won't be there. Regardless, I'll likely be streaming the spinoff with every other 20-something year old that I know, if only for nostalgia.
Thoughts on this announcement? Think you'll be watching this next year? Let us know in the comments!