So, that “Full House” reboot is happening. And honestly, our first reaction was one of complete non-surprise — and not just because the news had been all over the Internet for weeks already.
Okay, some of the details were a bit different than we imagined once Netflix officially confirmed the news early Tuesday morning, and announced that 13 episodes will debut in 2016. The three new stars of the show — “Fuller House” — will be Candace Cameron Bure (big sister D.J. Tanner), Jodie Sweetin (middle sister Stephanie Tanner) and Andrea Barber (former neighbor Kimmy Gibbler), who all live together. Turns out D.J. is recently widowed (??), so Stephanie and Kimmy move in to help her take care of her twin boys … a nice homage to the original set up of “Full House.”
Netflix says discussions with other cast members, such as Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, are still “ongoing.” Who wants to start the pool on whether the famously elusive Olsen twins will go anywhere near this thing?
Anyway, the reason we weren’t actually surprised this is happening: For the last few years, the cast has been looking awfully chummy, in the way that people would if they were secretly plotting a comeback of their ’90s ABC sitcom. The evidence:
July 2013: A casual New York City hang-out session with John Stamos (Uncle Jesse, who will produce and guest star on “Fuller House”); Bob Saget (Danny Tanner); and Lori Loughlin (Aunt Becky). Those who follow Loughlin may notice she posts tons of throwback photos from the show, and current-day pictures with her former co-stars.
July 2013: Stamos gets back in character — with a mullet –to perform as part of Uncle Jesse’s old band, “Jesse & the Rippers,” on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.”
November 2013: Loughlin shoots down rumors of a reunion — though very unconvincingly, as she uses this photo to stoke the diehard fan flames:
January 2014: Saget, Stamos and Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey) appear on Fallon’s show to do yet another reunion skit.
March 2014: Barber and Loughlin (and Scott Weinger, a.k.a. D.J.’s boyfriend Steve!) show up to cheer on Cameron-Bure during her stint on “Dancing With the Stars.”
July 2014: Some of the cast attends Coulier’s wedding.
August 2014: TV Guide Magazine reports that the cast in official talks for a reboot, and reporter Michael Schneider notes that Stamos has an ownership stake — so he has some financial motivation for bringing the show back. From the story:
The cast has remained tight-knit and some of the actors have let it slip in the past that they’d like to see “Full House” return…Appearing on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” this past winter, Stamos hinted that a “Full House” revisit was being pondered: “We’re sort of working on a twist on a sequel,” he told host Andy Cohen. “But we don’t know if it’s going to happen yet or not.”
September 2014: Cameron-Bure and Barber do an Us Weekly spread about how they’re still best friends years after the show.
January 2015: Things get serious: Most of the cast gets together to celebrate show creator Jeff Franklin’s birthday. Naturally, they sing the show’s theme song and post it to Instagram.
February 2015: Hmmm … Stamos, Saget and Coulier reunite yet again, this time for a Super Bowl commercial for Greek yogurt. And Saget reprises his role as a neat freak.
March 2015: Stamos goes viral when he makes a trip (unnoticed by passersby) to take a photo in front of the real life “Full House” home in San Francisco.
April 2015: Candace Cameron-Bure doesn’t really deny reunion talk during an interview. “We’ve all kind of done little things here and there, just poking fun and throwing back to ‘Full House’ which has been cool,” she said. “If it’s a good opportunity or a good place to do that, I think we all would do that. I would do that and have fun with it.”
April 2015: TVLine reports that the deal is as good as done. Predictably, Twitter loses its mind.