Lifetime's second foray into a behind-the-scenes movie franchise about old TV shows is perfunctory and flavorless

By Tom Gliatto
Updated August 22, 2015 12:35 PM
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The Unauthorized Full House Story, Lifetime’s second foray into a behind-the-scenes movie franchise about old TV shows, is perfunctory and flavorless. It could be a project dumped on a director and crew imprisoned in a penal colony.

PRISONER: I was hoping maybe, if we had the resources here, to do a reboot of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. Might that please the Commandant?
GUARD IN CHARGE OF WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT: You will film the production that the Commandant has greenlighted and no other! The Commandant suggests that you begin immediately to cast the central role of “Bob Saget.”

The Unauthorized Full House Story proceeds through the history of the ABC series (1987 95) without much ado and without any scandal. You learn that the show was initially conceived as House of Comics and that those adorable Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, still needed potty breaks at that point in their legendary careers. It also includes this line of dialogue: “Bob Saget is Danny Tanner!”

Lifetime will follow up Full House with potentially more promising movies about the Aaron Spelling classics Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place. The part of “Tori Spelling,” at the least, is one that any good young actress would kill for. On the other hand, it might be harder for any good young actor to do much with “Andrew Shue.”

Meanwhile, Netflix has commissioned a Full House sequel/reboot, Fuller House, and John Stamos stars in Fox’s new sitcom Grandfathered in September.

So there’s that.

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The Unauthorized Full House Story

premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.