Have mercy! The Tanner clan might be returning to primetime. Full House’s Candace Cameron Bure (a.k.a. eldest daughter D.J.) recently told OK! Magazine that her on-screen uncle, the perfectly coiffed John Stamos, is working on a “semi-remake” of the ’90s sitcom. “I know it would involve me and Jodie Sweetin [who played middle daughter Stephanie]. We would revive our characters, but today, as young women.”
Sounds a bit like the ill-fated ’80s sitcom Brady Brides, no? And just as viewers couldn’t have cared less about the lives of Marcia and Jan post-bell bottoms and broken noses, I have a feeling few will be invested in the fate of the eldest two Tanner tykes either. In both cases, the strength of the original series lied in its ensemble casts. While some characters may have stood out (Marcia on BB and little Michelle on FH), at the end of the day, we watched because we cared about the entire family (no word yet on whether FH’s other cast members have been asked to reprise roles), and D.J. and Stephanie were hardly compelling enough characters to warrant any type of spin-off or extra focus.
I also have a hard time imagining today’s 20- and 30-something fans of the original (myself included) tuning into a sunshiny, feel-good remake when most of our TV consumption is made up of more titillating fare like Gossip Girl, Lost, or even the 90210 redux (starring Stamos’ Full House wife Lori Loughlin). Perhaps if D.J. became an alcoholic and Stephanie a struggling actress battling an eating disorder, I might tune in.
Maybe I’m just being too cynical. What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you thrilled about the possibility of a Full House remake? Are there characters you’d rather see in the series besides D.J. and Stephanie (like the Olsen twins’ Michelle and Stamos’ Uncle Jesse rockin’ as Sonny and Cher in the clip below)? And how old do you feel knowing the actors who played Jesse’s twins (Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit) are 18?!?