It's a very happy holiday for the likes of Candace Cameron Bure, John Stamos, Andrea Barber, Jodie Sweetin and Jeff Franklin. News broke recently that Netflix has ordered a third season of the fun and family friendly Fuller House over at the streaming service. The news made it's way around social media this week, with Juan Pablo Di Pace, who plays Fernando on the series, confirming new episodes will hit the schedule sometime in 2017.
A year ago, if you had told me Fuller House would have been given a third season, I would have believed it was a no brainer. Reports have indicated that the first season of Fuller House is one of, if not the most popular, set of episodes available for binge-watching on Netflix. However, when Season 2 came out, the numbers were reportedly less spectacular, although the drop clearly hasn't been enough of a problem that Netflix is opting to cancel the series. In fact, since the show hit the schedule on December 9, it only took the subscription streaming service a few short weeks to sign on for Season 3 of the comedy.
Minor spoilers if you aren't finished binge-watching. With the big reveal that D.J. had initially picked Steve and not Matt before things shook out the way they did in Season 2, there's plenty that Fuller House should be able to delve into for Season 3---and that's just regarding Deej's love life.
When I spoke with creator Jeff Franklin just before the Fuller House Season 2 premiere, he had mentioned that while there was an overall deal in place with Netflix, the company hadn't picked them up yet. One thing that Fuller House really had going for it in 2016 was that the show was able to produce two sets of episodes in one year. As for whether or not that could happen again, Franklin said this:
We are really anxious to get going again. We are waiting on [Netflix] to pick us up. I don't know if we'll manage to get two seasons into a calendar year again, but I think it's great.
Since the show hasn't started production for Season 3, yet, it will be some time before the next set of episodes hits the schedule. Still, if it happens early-ish, there's always the chance the show could get a Season 4 renewal while we're still on the 2017 calendar year. One of the nice things about Netflix is that the company is not beholden to the network schedule or calendar year and has shown a propensity to do what it wants in terms of releasing original programs.
Netflix has already made some big announcements regarding 2017 and we know when a few shows, including the highly anticipated Iron Fist, will be premiering. If you'd like to take a look at what the subscription streaming service will be premiering in 2017, check out our Netflix premiere schedule for all new and returning dates.