Season two of Fuller House might have premiered last Friday to slightly less fanfare than the recent Gilmore Girls revival, but unlike our favorite mother/daughter duo, the Tanners, Fullers, and Gibblers are definitely here to stay. Twenty-six episodes into the revival now, Fuller House dropped enough OMG moments by the end of season two to pretty much rival that of the last four words on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. But beware, if you have not seen all 13 episodes yet and don’t want to be spoiled, then STOP READING NOW.
After a recent trip to the original Full House home in San Francisco (click here to see that), creator and executive producer Jeff Franklin corresponded with us from Tokyo (where fans treat the cast as if Jesse and the Rippers were back on a reunion tour) to fill us in on the decisions behind those major moments! But, once again, we’re warning you now…read at your own risk!
Glamour: Before we get to this season of Fuller House, next September will mark the 30th anniversary of Full House. Did that factor into your plans for buying the original house in San Francisco?
Jeff Franklin: My decision to buy the Full House house was primarily sentimental. The cast and I will want to do something very special to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Full House first airing in ABC in 1987. Not sure what yet, but I know there will be a lots of laughs, a group hug, and material not suited for television. [Laughs]
Glamour: OK, let’s talk this season of Fuller House. We met Kimmy’s never-before-mentioned brother, Jimmy. But what happened to Garth? Also, how long was this pairing in the works?
Jeff: I still hope to see Garth on the show in the future. The more Gibblers, the merrier. I always look for ways to put Stephanie and Kimmy into conflict, and this seemed to promise all kinds of complications. Stephanie and Jimmy are a weird, offbeat, adorable couple, and I look forward to exploring their growth as a couple for many seasons.
Glamour: Becky and Jesse adopted a baby…have mercy! At what point did you decide to make this a reality? And was it always your plan to add diversity to the cast by having them adopt a person of color?
Jeff: I decided at the beginning of season two to go with the adoption storyline. And I am consciously seeking to make the Fuller House universe more diverse. Plus, we found an adorable baby we all fell in love with. I would love to see that baby again [hopefully if there’s a season three]. She was as cute, happy, and beautiful as babies get!
Glamour: I loved that the baby was named after Danny and Jesse’s late sister, Pam. Was that your idea?
Jeff: Yes, I wanted Jesse to honor his sister and remind our audience that this family is bonded not only by love, but by tragic losses.
Glamour: Season two features so many awesome guest stars. Aside from Mary-Kate and Ashley, who would you love to see in season three?
Jeff: I don’t want to spoil any surprises, but I do have a wish list. I’ll give you one: Steve Urkel!
Glamour: Which guest star was hardest for you to get this season? I know the actress that plays Kathy Santoni has not acted since the series and was a little nervous about returning.
Jeff: [Actually], the hardest actor to get was Jason Marsden (Nelson), who ended up passing on the role. Everyone else was happy to come back.
Glamour: In the Thanksgiving episode, John Stamos broke the fourth wall again to address Michelle and invite MK or Ashley to come visit. Have you had any contact at all with them since FH premiered? Or will this be a running joke each season?
Jeff: We have spoken, though not lately. But I will be reaching out again to Mary-Kate and Ashley with fingers crossed.
Glamour: In the season finale, Matt and D.J. are together and Steve is engaged to C.J., but D.J. reveals she was originally going to pick Steve. Cliffhanger!
Jeff: It’s a complicated, bittersweet ending. It signals [that] the story of this triangle—now a foursome—may not be over yet!
Glamour: OK, so tell me this: What are your hopes for season three? What stories do you want to tell?
Jeff: I want season three to take place in the summer. Full House always ran from September to May, so this will be a first in our world. And I want to do a jukebox musical episode. Never enough singing and dancing!
Fuller House season two is currently streaming on Netflix. Check out what happened when we visited the cast on set and had them play Full House OR Fuller House?