John Stamos revealed on Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live! that Netflix has officially ordered 13 episodes of the Full House revival series, which will kick off with a one-hour special reuniting the Tanner family. "Literally five minutes ago they called and they sealed the deal," Stamos said on the ABC late-night program.
Debuting in 2016, the new incarnation of Full House -- titled Fuller House -- will center on the recently-widowed D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), now a veterinarian and expecting her third child. To help care for her two young sons, 12-year-old J.D. and 7-year-old Max, her younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and their former neighbor/single Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) move in to her San Francisco home to help.
"As big fans of the original Full House, we are thrilled to be able to introduce Fuller House's new narrative to existing fans worldwide, who grew up on the original, as well as a new generation of global viewers that have grown up with the Tanners in syndication," said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content for Netflix.
"The continued support of Full House fans of all ages for the last 28 years has been astounding. It is an honor and a thrill to catch up with these beloved characters and explore their lives today. The love you saw on the show was real. The cast has remained a loving family off screen all these years. We are as excited as our fans to finally bring Full House back to life," said creator Jeff Franklin, executive producers Robert L. Boyett and Thomas L. Miller in a joint statement.
Discussions with other original members of the Full House cast, such as Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen and Dave Coulier, are ongoing. Stamos will reprise his role as Uncle Jesse and will also serve as a producer.
"We've said no to every sort of reunion," he said at the time. "Lately there's one that we sort of are gravitating towards. It's not a complete reunion, but a twist. If we can get it done right ... then we will do it."
The San Francisco-set Full House, which centered on a widowed father (Saget) who enlists his best friend Joey Gladstone (Coulier) and his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (Stamos) to help raise his three daughters after the death of his wife, lasted eight seasons from 1987 to 1995. It was a hit for ABC, much like fellow "TGIF" comedy Boy Meets World, which has since been revived via Disney Channel's Girl Meets World.