In the current age of sequels, reboots, and even hybrid sequel reboots, television has proven to be as much fair game for creative revision as film. Revivals are on the way for classic shows like The X-Files, as well as more recent hits like Heroes; suffice it to say, nothing is off-limits at this stage.
Arguably one of the largest nostalgia bombs set to hit small screens next year is Netflix’s revival series Fuller House (which we predicted two years ago as part of an April Fools’ Day prank – no, we won’t let you forget it). As with any TV remake, the main question circling the project has been: who of the main cast will return? Well, besides the Olsen twins, essentially everyone – and then some.
Not surprisingly, John Stamos – who played Uncle Jesse in the original – has been the most vocal of the returning House residents, taking to social media to announce show updates and defend the reboot’s integrity and purpose – it is not just a “money gig,” but rather a service to the fans. And fans certainly have reason to be excited – if not for the storyline, then for the cast – as Stamos recently confirmed the latest returning member: Bob Saget.
Saget played Danny Tanner, the overprotective, widowed father of three daughters and Stamos’ onscreen brother-in-law in Full House. The two shared a typical sibling relationship, often butting heads and bickering due to their opposed personality traits – Saget portraying a responsible authority figure and Stamos a rebellious ‘bad boy’. Saget’s character also occasionally aspired to be cool like Uncle Jesse, embarrassing his daughters in the process. At the end of the day, though, Danny and Jesse always came together for the good of the family. And it seems Saget and Stamos are doing the same, for the good of the show.
How did you get this information? Kidding! Love you Jesse! https://t.co/dj5VKlCRqR— bob saget (@bobsaget) May 29, 2015
That said, it will be interesting to see how their relationship has evolved when Fuller House debuts. This time around, the show will center on Candace Cameron Bure’s D.J. Tanner-Fuller, now a widow (dang, this family has bad luck with spouses) and mother of two who is expecting a third. When things become too much to handle, she asks for help from her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and her best-friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber). With experience as a single parent, Saget will most likely come to the rescue as well, along with Uncle Jesse…and Lori Loughlin’s Aunt Becky.
While speaking to People, Loughlin confirmed she will return for the “reunion episode” and mentioned her excitement for the spin-off.
Doing that show was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. It was just so much fun.
Following in line with Stamos, Loughlin also defended the show and stressed her hopes that it would please devoted fans of the original.
I think with Jeff Franklin at the helm – he’s the creator of Full House – it’s hard to go wrong because nobody’s more protective of that show than he is. That’s his baby.
Even skeptical viewers have to admit, with so much passion, enthusiasm, and nostalgia behind the project, it’s difficult not to get excited for what’s in store. However, the show’s success will ultimately depend on the quality of the storytelling and whether it explores new relationships and plot points or simply retreads the past. If all goes well, though, this could be the next Girl Meets World.
Fuller House is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2016.