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Jeff Franklin sat down with MTV to talk about Full/Fuller House. He talks about how he had the show planned for 8 years now but no one was interested, how he thought Jodie would be the breakout star in the original, he comments about the critics of the show, etc.
His thoughts on the critics:
“When Full House came on the air, the reviews were scathing. We got an F in People magazine. All of the critics hated the show. It wasn’t until Season 4 or 5 that we started to see good reviews. The critics started to lighten up on us.”
“The reviews have not been wonderful on Fuller House so far. I don’t want to say we’re review-proof, but I don’t think our fans really care what the critics have to say. I think the critics are taking the show way too seriously. They’re there to have fun writing scathing reviews — they love that. But they seem to be missing the point that this show is about fun. It’s comfort food. It’s revisiting the past. It’s not to be taken that seriously.”
On the direction he took the characters:
“I would run everything by them to make sure that they liked what I was up to,” he said. “They had a lot of input into their look and their wardrobe. In terms of the backstory, those were mainly my ideas, but they had to sign off on everything, and we spent a lot of time talking about their kids and their families and what kind of moms they are with their kids. That was the stuff that informed a lot of the writing.”
However, certain characters were blank slates for Franklin, like Aunt Becky and Uncle Jesse’s twin sons, Alex and Nicky Katsopolis, played by original actors Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit, now 25. When Full House wrapped, Nicky and Alex were merely toddlers, but in Fuller House, they’re full-grown twentysomethings — and Franklin had a lot of fun creating their ~ chill ~ personalities.
“Nobody knew who they were because they didn’t have the Prince Valiant haircuts anymore,” Franklin said. “But they were great. I thought it was so much fun to make them a little weird and dumb. I wouldn’t say they’re losers, but they’re certainly not winners yet. It was unexpected… They definitely have dad’s IQ, not mom’s.”