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Jeff Franklin talked with Variety.com about how Fuller House almost didn’t happen. He said he’s been trying to make a re-boot for 7 years now and the networks just weren’t interested in it. He said Netflix finally stepped up and talked about how he’s actually happy that it’s on Netflix. We’ve quoted some of the article below.
Jeff on how Fuller House almost didn’t happen:
“I started back in 2007 with this idea and I’ve been trying to get it set up, off and on — it took six or seven years for me to get this going,” Franklin admits, telling Variety that he sat in numerous unsuccessful pitch meetings for a “Full House” reboot.
“I knew that this kind of excitement was going to be there, but nobody else seemed to get it,” he continues. “I was pitching to networks that ‘Full House’ reruns were beating every night — we were airing 40 times a week and getting millions and millions of viewers. For some reason, a whole bunch of networks didn’t understand the hunger that was out there for this show. It was baffling me. Netflix finally stepped up, and that’s why it’s happening now. It could have happened seven years or eight years ago, but it didn’t.”
Jeff on what kind of viewers the show is targeted at:
“I worked really hard to design this show to appeal to ‘Full House’ viewers. Those are the people who are going to be the most excited. That’s our main audience,” he says. “I think people that don’t know the show will enjoy it too, but really this is a show for the fans — this is ‘Full House’ 2.0.”
As for landing at Netflix, Franklin has the everything-happens-for-a-reason mindset.
“Somehow Netflix makes it more exciting. I love that it’s on Netflix now because I don’t think there would be the same kind of excitement if it were just going on some cable channel every week,” he says. “Initially, I had sort of mixed feelings about it. I come from a different time where we’re used to putting on one show per week and seeing ratings and hyping what’s going on in the show this week. This is completely different, but it’s exactly what the audience is used to today. The only thing I’m going to miss is knowing exactly how many people are watching this thing — cause Netflix isn’t going to tell me.”