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21 Facts About Full House

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Since making its debut on September 22, 1987, Full House has never really been off the air. If anything, the show’s cancellation in 1995 seemed to improve its ratings, considering how well the series's 192 episodes have performed in syndication and on cable. So it was hardly surprising when it was announced last year that Full House would be joining the recent trend of TV shows being brought back to life.

Netflix's Full House spin-off, Fuller House, began streaming today. The series stars Candace Cameron Bure, who reprises her role as D.J. Tanner, now a recent widow and mother of three who recruits her sister, Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and best friend, Kimmy (Andrea Barber), to help her out during her time of need. Before you binge-watch, read up on some surprising facts about the original series.

1. AN EPISODE OF THE ORIGINAL SERIES WAS TITLED "FULLER HOUSE."

It was the 20th episode of season four, in which the recently wed Jesse couldn’t emotionally handle moving out of the Tanners’ home. Meanwhile, Stephanie struggled with fractions.

2. THE ORIGINAL PREMISE WAS CALLED HOUSE OF COMICS.

Jeff Franklin, a former writer for Laverne & Shirley, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and Bosom Buddies (where Bob Saget was the warm-up comic) initially conceived of a show about three stand-up comedians living in the same house. ABC told him they were looking for their own version of the very popular family-oriented shows of the time, like Family Ties, so he made some changes. Franklin admitted that he never thought ABC would like his idea, and that the scenario he dreamed up of a widower inviting his best friend and his brother-in-law to live with him and help raise his children is a scenario that exists “nowhere in the real world.”

3. BOB SAGET DID NOT PLAY DANNY TANNER IN THE ORIGINAL PILOT.

Saget was Franklin’s first choice, but he was employed on CBS’ The Morning Program. Paul Reiser was also on the list, but he opted to star in My Two Dads, the other new sitcom involving a plethora of fathers, instead. John Posey portrayed Danny in the original pilot seen by the network, but after Saget was fired from his job (The Morning Program would end up lasting all of nine months anyway), Franklin re-shot the pilot for broadcast with Saget.

4. SAGET AND DAVE COULIER HAD KNOWN EACH OTHER SINCE 1979.

Aspiring stand-up Dave Coulier met established comic Bob Saget in 1979. Six months later, Coulier took Saget up on his offer to give him a call if he was ever in Los Angeles. "The irony of all of this is that when I didn't have an apartment, I slept on Bob's couch," Coulier told The Huffington Post.

5. COULIER STOLE "CUT. IT. OUT." FROM HIS FRIEND.

Mark Cendrowski is a television director who has been behind the camera for virtually every episode of The Big Bang Theory. In their brief time as a comedy duo, Cendrowski played a “Mark Suave” character who would tell a woman in the audience, “You’re in love with me, now cut. It. Out.” "So I told him, 'I’m going to steal that. I’m going to use that someday,'" Coulier admitted to BuzzFeed. "And he said, 'Ah, you can’t steal that.' So I starred on a show on Nickelodeon called Out of Control and it became my hook on the show. And when Full House started, I just brought it over and it stuck."

6. UNCLE JESSE WAS ORIGINALLY GOING TO BE UNCLE ADAM.

But John Stamos told Franklin he was much more comfortable as a “Jesse.” Franklin had no problem with that, because Jesse was the name of Elvis Presley’s twin brother.

7. MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY OLSEN WERE HIRED BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T CRY AT THEIR AUDITION.

Because child labor laws severely limit the hours a very young child can work in a day, twins were needed to play the role of Michelle, the youngest Tanner. Out of the 10 sets of twins who auditioned, Mary-Kate and Ashley were the only ones who both behaved.

8. COMET WAS ALSO AIR BUD.

Comet the dog was actually named Buddy. Buddy was a golden retriever who could shoot a basketball, stop soccer balls and hockey pucks, and catch baseballs. Those basketball skills landed him the starring role in Air Bud and Air Bud 2. Sadly, he died from synovial cell sarcoma in 1998.

9. ONLY ONE EPISODE WAS ACTUALLY SHOT IN SAN FRANCISCO.

That was the season eight premiere, “Comet’s Excellent Adventure.” Aside from the three episodes shot on location in Hawaii and Walt Disney World, every installment was taped on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles.

10. THE HOUSE FROM THE OPENING CREDITS WAS SOLD IN 2014 FOR $3.1 MILLION.

It’s the largest and oldest of the seven San Francisco houses known as the "Painted Ladies." The owner was asking for $4 million for the five-bedroom home, which was built in 1892.

11. THE WRITERS OF "EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK" ALSO WROTE THE THEMES FOR PERFECT STRANGERS, FAMILY MATTERS, AND STEP BY STEP.

Jesse Frederick was the performer, and Bennett Salvay was the writing partner. (Jeff Franklin also received a writing credit for the Full House theme.)

12. D.J. STOOD FOR DONNA JO.

The eldest Tanner child’s full name was Donna Jo Margaret Tanner.

13. CANDACE CAMERON’S FIRST KISS WAS ON THE SHOW.

The young actress was embarrassed because she was 13 and inexperienced. She had to ask Lori Loughlin, who played Becky, if she should keep her eyes open or closed.

14. D.J.’S BOYFRIEND STEVE WAS THE VOICE OF ALADDIN.

Scott Weinger’s big Disney gig was referenced in their two-part Disney World episode “The House Meets the Mouse.”

15. LITTLE RICHARD ACCIDENTALLY SLAPPED JODIE SWEETIN.

In “Too Little Richard Too Late,” the singer inadvertently finished a piano flourish with a smack to Stephanie Tanner’s face. "He felt so bad," Sweetin told The Huffington Post. "But I'm on a fairly short list of people who can say they've been slapped by Little Richard."

16. TWO ADDITIONAL SEASONS ALMOST RAN ON THE WB.

Because the budget was getting bigger and bigger, and family shows were suddenly not as cool, ABC cancelled the top 25-rated show after eight seasons. The brand new WB Network wanted an established major network show to poach, but some of the actors weren’t interested in that arrangement. (The WB ended up becoming Sister, Sister’s new home instead.)

17. FRIENDS FILMED IN FULL HOUSE’S SOUND STAGE AFTER ITS CANCELLATION.

When John Stamos guest starred on Friends’ 2003 episode “The One With the Donor,” he claimed that Dave Coulier’s underwear was still on the roof of his old dressing room.

18. GAIL EDWARDS RETIRED FROM ACTING SOON AFTER PLAYING VICKY LARSON.

Vicky and Danny broke off their engagement in the season seven episode “The Perfect Couple,” and Edwards never returned to the show. At about the same time, her recurring role on Blossom also concluded. The next year, she made one final TV appearance on Touched By an Angel before leaving show business altogether at the age of 41, moving to the Southwest.

19. ALEX KATSOPOLIS GREW UP TO BECOME A FOLEY ARTIST.

Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit has made sound effects for Game of Thrones and Furious 7. His twin brother, Blake, is a firefighter.

20. THERE HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTS AT TELEVISION AND MOVIE REMAKES BEFORE.

In 2008, Stamos pitched a “semi-remake” of Full House that went nowhere. In 2009, he said he was working on a movie idea, and had James Franco in mind as Uncle Jesse, Steve Carell as Danny, and Tracy Morgan as Joey.

21. JESSE AND THE RIPPERS REUNITED IN 2013.

Stamos, in character with his old band, performed their popular (in Japan) Beach Boys cover “Forever,” Elvis Presley’s “Little Sister,” The Beatles' “Hippy Hippy Shake,” and “Everywhere You Look” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Saget and Loughlin made cameos.

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10 Things We Know About The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2
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Though Hulu has been producing original content for more than five years now, 2017 turned out to be a banner year for the streaming network with the debut of The Handmaid’s Tale on April 26, 2017. The dystopian drama, based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 book, imagines a future in which a theocratic regime known as Gilead has taken over the United States and enslaved fertile women so that the group’s most powerful couples can procreate.

If it all sounds rather bleak, that’s because it is—but it’s also one of the most impressive new series to arrive in years (as evidenced by the slew of awards it has won, including eight Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards). Fortunately, fans left wanting more don’t have that much longer to wait, as season two will premiere on Hulu in April. In the meantime, here’s everything we know about The Handmaid’s Tale’s second season.

1. IT WILL PREMIERE WITH TWO EPISODES.

When The Handmaid’s Tale returns on April 25, 2018, Hulu will release the first two of its 13 new episodes on premiere night, then drop another new episode every Wednesday.

2. MARGARET ATWOOD WILL CONTINUE TO HELP SHAPE THE NARRATIVE.

Fans of Atwood’s novel who didn’t like that season one went beyond the original source material are in for some more disappointment in season two, as the narrative will again go beyond the scope of what Atwood covered. But creator/showrunner Bruce Miller doesn’t necessarily agree with the criticism they received in season one.

“People talk about how we're beyond the book, but we're not really," Miller told Newsweek. "The book starts, then jumps 200 years with an academic discussion at the end of it, about what's happened in those intervening 200 years. We're not going beyond the novel. We're just covering territory [Atwood] covered quickly, a bit more slowly.”

Even more importantly, Miller's got Atwood on his side. The author serves as a consulting producer on the show, and the title isn’t an honorary one. For Miller, Atwood’s input is essential to shaping the show, particularly as it veers off into new territories. And they were already thinking about season two while shooting season one. “Margaret and I had started to talk about the shape of season two halfway through the first [season],” he told Entertainment Weekly.

In fact, Miller said that when he first began working on the show, he sketched out a full 10 seasons worth of storylines. “That’s what you have to do when you’re taking on a project like this,” he said.

3. MOTHERHOOD WILL BE A CENTRAL THEME.

As with season one, motherhood is a key theme in the series. And June/Offred’s pregnancy will be one of the main plotlines. “So much of [Season 2] is about motherhood,” Elisabeth Moss said during the Television Critics Association press tour. “Bruce and I always talked about the impending birth of this child that’s growing inside her as a bit of a ticking time bomb, and the complications of that are really wonderful to explore. It’s a wonderful thing to have a baby, but she’s having it potentially in this world that she may not want to bring it into. And then, you know, if she does have the baby, the baby gets taken away from her and she can’t be its mother. So, obviously, it’s very complicated and makes for good drama. But, it’s a very big part of this season, and it gets bigger and bigger as the show goes on.”

4. THE RESISTANCE IS COMING.

Just because June is pregnant, don’t expect her to sit on the sidelines as the resistance to Gilead continues. “There is more than one way to resist," Moss said. “There is resistance within [June], and that is a big part of this season.”

5. WE’LL GET TO SEE THE COLONIES.

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Miller, understandably, isn’t eager to share too many details about the new season. “I’m not being cagey!” he swore to Entertainment Weekly. “I just want the viewers to experience it for themselves!” What he did confirm is that the new season will bring us to the colonies—reportedly in episode two—and show what life is like for those who have been sent there.

It will also delve further into what life is like for the refugees who managed to escape Gilead, like Luke and Moira.

6. MARISA TOMEI WILL APPEAR IN AN EPISODE.

Though she won’t be a regular cast member, Miller recently announced that Oscar winner Marisa Tomei will make a guest appearance in the new season’s second episode. Yes, the one that will show us the Colonies. In fact, that’s where we’ll meet her; Tomei is playing the wife of a Commander.

7. WE’LL LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF GILEAD.

As a group shrouded in secrecy, we still don’t know much about how and where Gilead began. That will change a bit in season two. When discussing some of the questions viewers will have answered, executive producer Warren Littlefield promised that, "How did Gilead come about? How did this happen?” would be two of them. “We get to follow the historical creation of this world,” he said.

8. THERE WILL BE AT LEAST ONE HANDMAID FUNERAL.

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While Miller wouldn’t talk about who the handmaids are mourning in a teaser shot from season two that shows a handmaid’s funeral, he was excited to talk about creating the look for the scene. “Everything from the design of their costumes to the way they look is so chilling,” Miller told Entertainment Weekly. “These scenes that are so beautiful, while set in such a terrible place, provide the kind of contrast that makes me happy.”

9. ELISABETH MOSS SAYS THE TONE WILL BE DARKER.

Like season one, Miller says that The Handmaid’s Tale's second season will again balance its darker, dystopian themes with glimpses of hopefulness. “I think the first season had very difficult things, and very hopeful things, and I think this season is exactly the same way,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “There come some surprising moments of real hope and victory, and strength, that come from surprising places.”

Moss, however, has a different opinion. “It's a dark season,” she told reporters at TCA. “I would say arguably it's darker than Season 1—if that's possible.”

10. IT WILL ALSO BE BLOODIER.

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When pressed about how the teaser images for the new season seemed to feature a lot of blood, Miller conceded: “Oh gosh, yeah. There may be a little more blood this season.”

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6 Surprising Facts About Nintendo's Animal Crossing

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Animal Crossing is one of the most unusual series of games Nintendo has ever produced. Casting you as a newcomer in a woodland town populated by garrulous and sometimes eccentric creatures, Animal Crossing is about conversation, friendship, and collecting things rather than competition or shooting enemies. It’s a formula that has grown over successive generations, with the 3DS version now one of the most popular games available for that system—which is all the more impressive, given the game’s obscure origins almost 15 years ago. Here are a few things you might not have known about the video game.

1. ITS INSPIRATION CAME FROM AN UNLIKELY PLACE.

By the late 1990s, Katsuya Eguchi had already worked on some of Nintendo’s greatest games. He’d designed the levels for the classic Super Mario Bros 3. He was the director of Star Fox (or Star Wing, as it was known in the UK), and the designer behind the adorable Yoshi’s Story. But Animal Crossing was inspired by Eguchi’s experiences from his earlier days, when he was a 21-year-old graduate who’d taken the decisive step of moving from Chiba Prefecture, Japan, where he’d grown up and studied, to Nintendo’s headquarters in Kyoto.

Eguchi wanted to recreate the feeling of being alone in a new town, away from friends and family. “I wondered for a long time if there would be a way to recreate that feeling, and that was the impetus behind Animal Crossing,” Eguchi told Edge magazine in 2008. Receiving letters from your mother, getting a job (from the game’s resident raccoon capitalist, Tom Nook), and gradually filling your empty house with furniture and collectibles all sprang from Eguchi’s memories of first moving to Kyoto.

2. IT WAS ORIGINALLY DEVELOPED FOR THE N64.

Although Animal Crossing would eventually become best known as a GameCube title—to the point where many assume that this is where the series began—the game actually appeared first on the N64. First developed for the ill-fated 64DD add-on, Animal Crossing (or Doubutsu no Mori, which translates to Animal Forest) was ultimately released as a standard cartridge. But by the time Animal Crossing emerged in Japan in 2001, the N64 was already nearing the end of its lifespan, and was never localized for a worldwide release.

3. TRANSLATING THE GAME FOR AN INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE WAS A DIFFICULT TASK.

The GameCube version of Animal Crossing was released in Japan in December 2001, about eight months after the N64 edition. Thanks to the added capacity of the console’s discs, they could include characters like Tortimer or Blathers that weren’t in the N64 iteration, and Animal Crossing soon became a hit with Japanese critics and players alike.

Porting Animal Crossing for an international audience would prove to be a considerable task, however, with the game’s reams of dialogue and cultural references all requiring careful translation. But the effort that writers Nate Bihldorff and Rich Amtower put into the English-language version would soon pay off; Nintendo’s bosses in Japan were so impressed with the additional festivals and sheer personality present in the western version of Animal Crossing that they decided to have that version of the game translated back into Japanese. This new version of the game, called Doubutsu no Mori e+, was released in 2003.

4. K.K. SLIDER IS BASED ON ON THE GAME'S COMPOSER.

One of Animal Crossing’s most recognizable and popular characters is K.K. Slider, the laidback canine musician. He’s said to be based, both in looks and name, on Kazumi Totaka, the prolific composer and voice actor who co-wrote Animal Crossing’s music. In the Japanese version of Animal Crossing, K.K. Slider is called Totakeke—a play on the real musician’s name. K.K. Slider’s almost as prolific as Totaka, too: Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the Nintendo 3DS contains a total of 91 tracks performed by the character.

5. ONE CHARACTER HAS BEEN KNOWN TO MAKE PLAYERS CRY.

A more controversial character than K.K. Slider, Mr. Resetti is an angry mole created to remind players to save the game before switching off their console. And the more often players forget to save their game, the angrier Mr. Resetti gets. Mr. Resetti’s anger apparently disturbed some younger players, though, as Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s project leader Aya Kyogoku revealed in an interview with Nintendo's former president, the late Satoru Iwata.

“We really weren't sure about Mr. Resetti, as he really divides people," Kyogoku said. “Some people love him, of course, but there are others who don't like being shouted at in his rough accent.”

“It seems like younger female players, in particular, are scared,” Iwata agreed. “I've heard that some of them have even cried.”

To avoid the tears, Mr. Resetti plays a less prominent role in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and only appears if the player first builds a Reset Surveillance Centre. Divisive though he is, Mr. Resetti’s been designed and written with as much care as any of the other characters in Animal Crossing; his first name’s Sonny, he has a brother called Don and a cousin called Vinnie, and he prefers his coffee black with no sugar.

6. THE SERIES IS STILL EVOLVING.

Since its first appearance in 2001, the quirky and disarming Animal Crossing has grown to encompass toys, a movie, and no fewer than four main games (or five if you count the version released for the N64 as a separate entry). All told, the Animal Crossing games have sold more than 30 million copies, and the series is still growing. In late 2017, the mobile title Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was released for iOS and Android. It's a big step for the franchise, as Nintendo is famously selective about which of its series get a mobile makeover. A game once inspired by the loneliness of moving to a new town has now become one of Nintendo’s most successful and beloved franchises.

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