Have mercy! The internet nostalgia machine marches on and this time Full House is directly in its path. Weeks after threatening to revive the beloved family comedy, Netflix has officially comfirmed that a reboot of the show is in the works. John Stamos, Uncle Jesse himself, visited Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to confirm the project and deliver some tantalizing new details about what is sure the be the apex predator of 90’s TV nostalgia programming.
The new show, Fuller House, will launch with a one-hour reunion show featuring members of the original cast before launching into a spin-off featuring DJ Tanner and her three children along with her sister Stephanie and next-door neighbor Kimmy Gibbler. Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber are all expected to return to reprise the roles they made famous on the original version of the show, as will Stamos, who will produce the show in addition to making guest appearances as the Tanner girls’ uncle Jesse Katsopolis.
Netflix has also confirmed that they are currently in negotiations with Bob Sagett (Danny Tanner) Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone) and Lori Loughlin (Becky Katsopolis) to feature in guest appearances. Given the clout and cash that Netflix has to throw around these days, it seems likely that Danny, Uncle Joey, and Aunt Becky will all be stopping by Fuller House. Of course the real question on most fans minds is, will we see a guest appearance from Michelle, the youngest Tanner sister, played by the Olsen twins Mary-Kate and Ashley.
According to Netflix, negotiations are also underway with the Olsens, who famously retired from acting after turning 18. Over the years the twins, who are rumored to be worth millions due to savvy investment of their child star incomes, have remained distant from both fan nostalgia about the show and from social gatherings of the other former cast members. Though their participation in the spin-off is unlikely, if anything can pull them away from their current career as millionaire baglady swamp witches, it’s the combined magic of Netflix money and John Stamos’ charm.
With or without the Olsen twins, the reunion and spin-off are a go. No word yet on when the show will start filming, but given the recent round of interviews to whip up fan excitement, a start date probably isn’t far off. The spin-off is planned for an initial run of 13 episodes, but knowing Netflix, they’ll take Fuller House as far as the fans will let them.
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