The Lifetime movie promises to give a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most popular sitcoms of the '90s
While Full House spin-off Fuller House won’t debut until next year on Netflix, we have Lifetime’s The Unauthorized Full House Story to tide us over with juicy behind-the-scenes details about the beloved 1990s sitcom.
We already know the TV movie will cover John Stamos‘ frustrations with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, plus the twins’ serious salary negotiations, but we’re still anxious to find out if the TV movie will depict a few more intriguing moments in Full House history.
How did the original Danny Tanner handle being fired?
One of Full House’s most dramatic moments happened before the show even hit the air. The 1987 pilot was actually first filmed with another actor named John Posey in the role of Danny Tanner. When Bob Saget, who had been the producers’ first choice, suddenly became available, the show gave Posey a pink slip and reshot the first episode. Posey, who is Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey‘s dad, claims his young former cast mates were "shattered" when they learned he would no longer be a part of their TV family. We hope Lifetime gives us the inside scoop on the cast’s reactions to the shakeup.
Where were Kimmy Gibbler’s parents?
Kimmy Gibbler‘s (Andrea Barber) home life was one of the show’s big mysteries. Was she living next door to the Tanners by herself? Was she just living in the Tanners’ backyard? If so, shouldn’t Danny have been a bit nicer to her? Kimmy did hint about the eccentricities of her home life, and the Gibbler household would have been entertaining to see on screen. Hopefully Unauthorized will provide some answers about D.J.’s (Candace Cameron Bure) hilariously annoying best friend.
How long did it take to do Stamos’ hair every day?
Full House‘s resident dreamboat had all the ladies tuning in to see his chiseled arms and lush mane. So how long was Stamos in the makeup and hair chair before filming? And how much effort did the team have to put into managing his incredible mullet? We’d love to know more about producer input on Uncle Jesse’s image, and if Stamos brought a pretty boy attitude along with the look.
Did everyone know that the Olsen twins were destined to build an empire?Everyone loved Michelle Tanner and her quotable catchphrases (“You got it, dude!”), but did the cast and crew have any idea that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen would soon enough become some of the richest and most powerful teens in the world? And how did parents and handlers guide the superstars? The sisters were only 9 months old when they began filming Full House; by the time they were 6, they’d established their own production company, Dualstar. Do we want to see the beginnings of the Olsens’ explosive success in The Unauthorized Full House Story? “Duh!”
Did Stamos and Lori Loughlin’s romance materialize off screen?
Stamos and his TV wife Loughlin have both admitted they had "undeniable chemistry" when they played Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky on Full House – and fans agree. But according to Loughlin, the pair’s “timing was just really off” when it came to forming a real-world relationship. The actress was married when Full House began, and by the time of her divorce, Stamos was already dating Rebecca Romijn, with whom he began a 10-year relationship. But longtime shippers are still hoping the TV movie will have a behind-the-scenes romance revelation.
What were the cast members’ other surprising off-camera antics?
In his 2014 memoir Dirty Daddy, Saget fessed up to one particular day on set when he, Stamos and Dave Coulier tried to get high from the nitrous oxide in cans of whipped cream that had been used as props. The actor also details Coulier’s habit of loudly passing gas on the set, calling Stamos and the actor who played Joey Gladstone his “siblings in silliness.” We already know from clips that Unauthorized will touch on dirty jokes told by the infamously foul-mouthed Saget that went over his young cast mates’ heads. We’re hoping to see more of the trio’s naughty behavior – on set and off.
The Unauthorized Full House Story premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.