6:09am PT by Hilary Lewis
'Fuller House' Renewed for Second Season
Netflix's Fuller House has been renewed for a second season, it was announced on Wednesday.
The revival of the long-running ABC sitcom started streaming on Friday and stars returning castmembers Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber.
In an update to the Full House premise, Cameron Bure's D.J. Tanner-Fuller is a recently widowed mother of three boys who moves back into her family home, along with sister Stephanie (Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Barber), who join her to help raise D.J.'s kids and Kimmy's daughter Ramona (Soni Bringas).
Bringas is just one of the newcomers that play the Fuller House kids. D.J.'s sons are played by Michael Campion (Jackson), Elias Harger (Max) and Dashiell and Fox Messitt, who share the role of baby Tommy.
Although anticipation for the series, revived after nearly 20 years off the air, was high among nostalgic fans of the original hit, part of ABC's "TGIF" lineup, critics largely panned Fuller House.
The renewal news was announced in the tweet below.
Like the original series, Fuller House is executive produced by Jeff Franklin and Robert L. Boyett, with John Stamos joining as an executive producer. Full House creator Franklin served as showrunner for Fuller House's first season.
Stamos is also among the Full House stars who make recurring guest appearances in the series' first season, a list that includes Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin and Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit (who played Jesse and Becky's twins, Nicky and Alex). Noticeably absent among the returning stars are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who rose to fame playing Michelle Tanner.
The first season includes a number of references to Michelle, including Saget's Danny saying in the pilot that she's not there because she's "busy in New York running her fashion empire," after which the full cast looks directly at the camera for several seconds. Indeed, the Olsens have become successful fashion designers in New York.
A second-season pickup was expected for Fuller House but hadn't been officially announced before Wednesday.
Fuller House is just one of several TV series revivals and sequels that have popped up recently, including The X-Files, Heroes, Girl Meets World and Netflix's forthcoming Gilmore Girls revival.