John Stamos is returning full-time to TV with Fox’s “Grandfathered,” in which the “Full House” alum plays a somewhat parodied version of himself, as a 50-something ladies’ man. The big difference? His character finds out he’s a father — and a grandfather.
Creator Danny Chun says that “Grandfathered” was the result of wanting to come up with a comedy vehicle for Stamos.
“It came from me wanting to create a show for John Stamos. John and I were kind of interested in working together,” Chun told Variety. “I’m a recent parent so the theme of being in over your head with parenting was funny to me, and then with John, I thought of the funny twist.”
“He’s just at such an interesting moment. It’s really just a perfect moment in his career for a role like this. I think he’s just really positioned for something amazing,” Chun says, praising his star, who rose to fame on the ’80s and ’90s family comedy (for which he’ll appear in the Netflix sequel series “Fuller House,” out next year), followed up by a starring role in “ER” and then his short-lived ABC series “Jake In Progress,” sprinkled with many recurring gigs.
“He’s an amazing actor and great to work with. He’s every writer’s dream collaborate as a star, in terms of his talent and temperament,” Chun adds. “But besides that, in the TV landscape now, there’s just so much noise and it’s so hard to cut through the noise — John is one of those people that can do that because everyone loves him and knows him. He’s a TV star in a way that very few people are. The connection that people feel with him, that’s exactly what a TV star needs to be.”
One of the hottest pilots of the past cycle, “Grandfathered” was an early favorite among Fox execs who also have high hopes for the sitcom, pairing it with Rob Lowe’s new comedy “The Grinder,” and the Ryan Murphy-created “Scream Queens,” resulting in a risky all-new lineup on Tuesday nights.
“Fox just feels like a great place to do comedy right now,” Chun, who got his start on “The Simpsons” at the network, says. “I think some of the funniest comedies and sitcoms are at Fox.”
Aside from the laughs, Chun believes that his first-ever self-headlining series will strike an emotional chord with viewers. “It also has the potential for great heart. My goal is for people to really connect to the characters and be moved by the stories and fall in love with the show for that reason, as well. I want it to be a story that people need to see every week, as opposed to just a sitcom that they just kind of watch while they’re cooking. I think especially with Stamos and the cast we have, I think people are going to really respond to those actors and characters.”
Despite the lovey-dovey praise for Stamos, Chun does admit that the ladies’ man persona isn’t too far from reality. Referencing recent press events, in which fans were around, the writer/producer says, with a laugh, “There was a group of women that just sighed. He’s a really special person.”