“Grandfathered” star John Stamos knows there’s plenty of jokes about his charismatic good looks, but he admits to having a hard time swallowing the title and premise of a show that sets him as a middle-aged bachelor restauranteur who discovers he not only has a son, but also a granddaughter.
“The first call I got was ‘what do you think of ‘Grandpa’? What do you think of f— you,” Stamos said Thursday during his show’s Television Critics Association panel.
He also commented on the fact that “older” people on television don’t look like they used to. “I remember thinking about watching television when I was a kid and the 50-year-old guy was like Abe Vigoda.” (Exec producer Dan Fogelman joked that Stamos’ approach to star power was the result of the fact that, deep down, he was a neurotic Jew).
Much of the panel was spent comparing Stamos’ role in “Grandfathered” to his previous works — particularly the ABC sitcom “Full House,” which also famously used young twins to play a baby character.
“Do you see a pattern in my work?” Stamos deadpanned. “Clearly, that’s something that’s missing from [my character] Jimmy’s life, and it’s something that I still hope to achieve someday. I feel like I’m the baby whisperer now … I’ve made other twins a lot of money. Stop crying; you’ll get a clothing line.”
Stamos also confirmed that he will appear in the first two episodes of the Netflix sequel “Fuller House” and that he, along with others, will be back for the second season of ABC’s “Galavant,” which was created by Fogelman.
But Stamos isn’t the only actor on the show who has to grapple with age issues. There’s also Paget Brewster, who is in her mid-40s and plays Stamos’ better half of sorts, Sara.
“I play a grandmother on ‘Another Period’ on Comedy Central, and I play one here, so I think I’ve found my specialty,” she said. “I don’t have children, and I don’t intend to, but fictionally, it works for me.”
Creator-exec producer Daniel Chun said he drew inspiration for the show from his own father, as did other writers on the show.
“I think we’re all just a bunch of writers who are obsessed with our dads,” he said.
“Grandfathered” premieres Sept. 29 on Fox.