Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are not appearing in the first season of “Fuller House,” but that doesn’t mean they won’t ever star. Executive producer Jeff Franklin revealed that they could appear as Michelle Tanner in the "Full House" spinoff if Netflix picks up the sitcom for another season.
“I’m hopeful,” Franklin told the Hollywood Reporter when asked about the possibility of Michelle in Season 2.
He also stated that he knew the Olsens would never sign on as permanent cast members. Still, it was his intention to see one of them on screen at some point. “My hope is that we would see Michelle from time to time as we see the other characters,” he said.
Of course, that’s only if the series gets a second season. Franklin said he didn’t send an advanced copy of the series to Mary-Kate and Ashley, but they aren’t the only ones without screeners. The producer wants as many people as possible to watch the Netflix series to increase their chances of renewal. “Everybody's going to see them for the first time completely finished on Netflix because that way we have one more person watching Netflix,” Franklin added.
Watch a trailer for “Fuller House” Season 1 below:
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been very clear about the fact that they won’t be involved with the first season of the revival series. While they were on all eight seasons of the original from 1987-1995, they haven’t been acting recently. They’ve focused on their careers as fashion designers, which includes upscale lines like The Row, Elizabeth and James and the J.C. Penney line Olsenboye.
Executive producer Bob Boyett explained the timing wasn’t right for the fashion designers to step back in front of the camera. “Ashley said, ‘I have not been in front of a camera since I was 17, and I don't feel comfortable acting,’” Boyett told People in January. "Mary-Kate said, ‘It would have to be me because Ash doesn't want to do it. But the timing is so bad for us.’”
Meanwhile, nearly everyone else from the original cast has reprised their roles. Former series regulars like Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin won’t be in every episode, though. The new comedy will focus on DJ (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy (Andrea Barber). However, the Tanner family doesn’t ignore Michelle. Us Weekly reported in December that the family will mention her in passing and explain that she is in New York working as a fashion designer.
“Fuller House” Season 1 premieres Friday on Netflix.