While criticized by many for its arguably too simple comedic plotlines and its reliance on overly sentimental resolutions to those plotlines, there’s no doubt that Full House remains one of the most well-remembered sitcoms of the 1990s. Extremely popular at the time of its original run, Full House has only grown its fanbase in the decades since its final episode, via endless reruns on cable and easy availability of the complete run of the series on DVD and digital platforms.
In the current era of TV reboots and revivals, this naturally led to a sequel series entitled Fuller House, which premiered its 13-episode debut season this past February on Netflix. Despite poor reviews from critics, the forces of nostalgia and fandom easily won the day, with Fuller House quickly getting picked up for season 2 by the streaming giant. Nearly the entire original principal cast is once again set to return as either regulars or recurring players, with D.J.’s ex-boyfriend Steve (Scott Weinger) being newly bumped up to series regular status. As before, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not slated to participate in the role of Michelle.
Up until now, most had assumed that Fuller House season 2 would arrive on Netflix in early 2017, echoing the February 2016 launch of season 1. However, as revealed by series star Candace Cameron-Bure on today’s episode of The View, that will not be the case. Instead, Fuller House season 2 will be available to stream in its entirety on Friday, December 9, 2016. As is usual for Netflix, the new season will once again consist of 13 episodes. You can check out the official poster for Fuller House season 2, below:
The first episode of Fuller House season 2 will reportedly be titled ‘Welcome Back’, but actual plot details are still unknown. With Steve being upped to series regular, one assumes he’ll likely continue his romantic pursuit of D.J., continuing the fallout of D.J.’s decision to opt out of picking either one of her competing suitors in the season 1 finale. The premiere episode will also likely contain an appearance by either all or some combination of Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, and Lori Loughlin, as reuniting the entire cast would definitely get season 2 off on the right nostalgic foot.
Some announced guest stars for season 2 include Hal Sparks (Queer as Folk) as Nelson, another of D.J.’s teenage exes, and four members of the popular late ’80s/early ’90s boy band New Kids on the Block. Sparks is taking over the Nelson role from original portrayer Jason Marsden, who reportedly declined to return, but has no issue with the recasting. NKOTB will be represented by every member except Donnie Wahlberg, who is presumably too busy with his CBS cop show Blue Bloods. Whatever one wishes to say about the makers of Fuller House, it can’t be argued that they aren’t aware just how much the show’s success rides on nostalgia for a bygone era.
Fuller House season 2 premieres December 9, 2016 on Netflix.
Source: The View [via EW]