(TRIBUNE WIRE)– It’s happening, TGIF fans! Actor John Stamos announced that a deal has been signed to make that rumored “Full House” sequel series — which will be called “Fuller House” — a reality during an appearance on Monday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,”
It will begin with a one-hour reunion special before becoming a series about DJ Tanner (Candace Cameron-Bure), her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and her best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber).
Stamos will serve as producer on the new show and reprise his role as Uncle Jesse on a guest-starring basis.
Following Stamos’ announcement, Netflix released additional details, saying discussions with other original “Full House” cast members Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Bob Saget to appear are ongoing.
Lori Loughlin told Zap2it earlier this month that while she had casually discussed the project with Stamos and would certainly be up for returning if others were she had not been reached out to.
“I have not received any official phone call — nothing — and that is the truth,” Loughlin said. “My agents, my managers, none of my representation has gotten a phone call. Nobody.”
And it should be noted that while both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen portrayed the youngest Tanner, Michelle, on “Full House,” they’re both adults now. With child labor laws no longer standing in the way, “Fuller House” would technically only need one of them to reprise Michelle.
Stamos has a back-up plan should the sisters prove indisposed. “If we can’t get the Olsen twins, we’re gonna dress you up,” he told Kimmel.
Netflix also provided a detailed “Fuller House” plot synopsis:
“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, 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.”
Given that D.J.’s married name is “Fuller,” one can surmise her high school boyfriend Steve Hale (Scott Weinger) isn’t the husband that died. Perhaps he’ll re-enter her life at some point, once she’s ready to date again.
Netflix is aiming for a 2016 release for the series. By that time it’ll be 29 years since “Full House” premiered in 1987.