LOS ANGELES — “Have mercy!” Is “Full House” really coming back to TV? According to sources, a revival of the 1990s ratings darling has been proposed, but it’s not reality just yet.
While nothing is set in stone, there’s been talks at Warner Bros. Television about bringing back the sitcom, and some of its original cast, for a revival nearly 20 years after the long-running ABC show had its finale. Cast member John Stamos is reportedly at the head of the idea, along with original series creator Jeff Franklin and executive producer Bob Boyett.
It’s little wonder why Warner Bros. would want to bring back “Full House.” Nick at Nite reports that its primetime repeats of the show average 1.5 million viewers, pulling in fans that are too young to even remember (or weren’t even born during) the show’s original run from 1987 to 1995.
“Full House” was a frontrunner on ABC’s TGIF lineup, and it would only be the most recent show from the Friday night 1990s staple to make a comeback. “Boy Meets World,” which built up a cult following that lasted well past the sitcom’s end in 2000, was recently revived for a spin-off. Original cast members Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel came back for the Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World.” It brought in strong ratings for the channel, which may have spurred conversations for “Full House.”
It wouldn’t be the first time the cast has reunited for TV. Male leads Stamos, Dave Coulier and Bob Saget came together for a yogurt commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, and Stamos and Saget appeared together for a Funny or Die skit.
Stamos recently hinted at the possibility of a revival, appearing on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” and commenting, “We’re sort of working on a twist on a sequel.”
CBS also is attempting to cash in on a favorite comedy of the past. The Eye is reviving sitcom “The Odd Couple,” which originally ran from 1970 to 1975 on ABC, with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon set to star. ABC previously revived the comedy in 1982 with “The New Odd Couple,” though it only lasted one season.
Along with Stamos, Saget and Coulier, “Full House” also starred Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Lori Loughlin, Andrea Barber and Scott Weinger.
TV Guide Magazine first reported the “Full House” news.