After striking out with TV pilots for much of the last decade, John Stamos is thrilled to be starring in Fox's new sitcom, Grandfathered, playing a bachelor who discovers he is both a father and a grandfather.
"This is the show I've been waiting for for 10 years," Stamos told reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour Thursday. (And indeed, his show is the best new broadcast comedy of the fall.)
But he's less enamored of the show's title, which "still catches in my throat," said Stamos. When producers were trying to come up with the title, "They said, 'What do you think of Grandpa? I said, 'What do you think of Fuck You?'"
However, Stamos eventually came around and stopped dropping F-bombs after realizing the portrayal of 50-somethings on television has evolved from when he was growing up. "When I was watching TV as a kid, the 50-year-old was Abe Vigoda," said Stamos, adding that his Grandfathered character is more like George Clooney "before he turned on everything he believed and got married."
Stamos is juggling Grandfathered with Fuller House, Netflix's 13-episode revival of ABC's hit 1990s series. "I acted in the first two episodes of Fuller House, which I shot already, and now I'm going to do Grandfathered," he said. "I'm so excited to be bringing it back, doing it at Netflix."
He's also tickled by Lifetime's upcoming Unauthorized Full House Story, which airs Aug. 22. "I find a sense of humor in all of it," said Stamos, adding that the actor playing him, Justin Gaston, is "a good-looking guy."
And at least one element of the Lifetime movie, hinted at in its trailer, is true: Stamos did indeed try to fire Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, who both played Michelle Tanner on Full House. "It's true: The Olsen twins cried a lot. It was very difficult to get the shots. That is actually 100 percent accurate. I said, 'Get rid of these kids!' And they brought in a couple of unattractive red-headed kids. We tried that for a while, and that didn't work. So I said, 'All right, get the Olsen twins back!'"
Stamos has a much better rapport with the twins who take turns playing his grandkid on Grandfathered. "If the kids start to cry," he said, "I do whisper in their ears, 'I made a couple of twins a lot of money. If you stop crying, you can have a clothing line!'"