We all remember Full House, the family sitcom that aired from 1987-’95. Over the show’s eight-season span we watched as widower Danny Tanner looked for love while raising his three young daughters, we saw motorcycle-riding ladies man, Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) hang up the leather jacket and become a father and husband, Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier) rise from performing stand-up at local comedy clubs to the Vegas stage and we followed the Tanner sisters D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Michelle (Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen) as they grew up into kind, level-headed young ladies. However, when Stamos appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last April, he revealed exciting news for Full House fans: since the show’s cancelation 20 years ago, audiences will finally be reunited with the family we all know and love in the new 13-episode Full House sequel Fuller House, which will premiere only on Netflix on Feb. 26, 2016.
Produced by Jeff Franklin Productions and Miller-Boyett Productions, executive-produced by John Stamos, Thomas L. Miller, and distributed by Warner Horizon Television, Fuller House will feature the original Full House cast members, who will each portray their Full House characters:
- John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis
- Bob Saget as Danny Tanner
- Candace Cameron Bure as D.J. Tanner (part of main cast)
- Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie (part of main cast)
- Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone
- Lori Loughlin as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis
- Scott Weinger as Steve Hale, D.J.’s ex-boyfriend
- Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit as Nicky Katsopolis
- Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit as Alex Katsopolis
- Andrea Barber as D.J.’s longtime best friend Kimmy Gibbler (part of main cast)
New cast members will include Eva LaRue as Danny’s wife Teri, Juan Pablo Di Pace as Kimmy’s ex-husband Fernando, Soni Nicole Bringas as Kimmy’s 13-year-old daughter Ramona (part of main cast), Michael Campion (part of main cast) as D.J.’s 13-year-old son Jackson, Elias Harger (part of main cast) as D.J.’s 7-year-old son Max and Dashiell Messitt and Fox Messitt (part of main cast) as D.J.’s infant son Tommy.
Mary-kate and Ashley Olsen however, will not be returning as youngest Tanner sister, Michelle. When fans questioned the reason for the Olsen twins’ surprising absence from Fuller House, Stamos set the record straight; “They’re fully welcome anytime…I love them and there was a lot of miscommunication in the press and stuff” Stamos told Matt Lauer. He was reffering to the Olsens saying that they learned about the show from seeing Stamos talking about the show on Jimmy Kimmel and certain comments he made on Twitter after the fact. Stamos added, “I talked to [the Olsens], I understood why they didn’t want to come back. They just have big lives, they haven’t acted in a while, but I love them dearly and they’re always welcome on our show.”
“I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family,” executive producer Robert L. Boyett said in a May 2015 statement about Mary-Kate and Ashley’s absence from the reunion. “It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors. I appreciate their support and good wishes towards Fuller House.”
Fuller House will center around D.J. Tanner-Fuller the way Full House focused on her father Danny. In fact, D.J.’s life will pretty much mirror that of Danny’s on Full House, which began with the story of the newly-widowed father raise his three daughters. Fuller House will begin with newly-widowed D.J. as she raises her three sons. The fact that D.J.’s married last name is “Fuller” is also interesting…
While specific details about the show and its’ episodes haven’t yet been revealed, one thing we can bet on is that the show will likely be different enough than Full House for it establish itself as its own show with its own unique storyline, but similar enough to Full House where audiences can feel happy to have that sense of nostalgia about the show they loved and miss.
The first episode of Fuller House will premiere on Netflix on Feb 26, 2016.