Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen pondering ‘Fuller House’ role, Netflix boss says

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen pondering ‘Fuller House’ role, Netflix boss says.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen haven’t made a final decision about returning for Netflix’s Fuller House — find out the latest intel on a possible reunion. LOS ANGELES — Netflix boss Ted Sarandos is standing by Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous Six, which has been plagued by accusations of cultural insensitivity.Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, speaking to TV critics and writers Tuesday on the opening day of the Television Critics Association summer press tour, said the streaming service is “plugging along” to get a new season made. Prior to TCA, the duo’s involvement in the revival series was shut down with their rep telling Variety they are focused on their current careers, which includes overseeing their fashion labels.

The discord didn’t last long, however, as the actor soon tweeted he worked things out after he had a “sweet talk” with Mary-Kate — though he was unable to convince the twins to sign on. On stage just moments before, Sarandos’ outlook sounded somewhat sunnier, as he stated the Olsens were “teetering on whether or not they’ll be around.” But he later clarified that no deals for them to appear on the upcoming series were in the works.

The streaming giant kicked off the biannual fete in Beverly Hills, in which networks—and more and more, streaming services—unveil their lineups for the coming season to press. They said they were protesting its content, which they found offensive to their culture. “We live in a very complicated time with social media and everything where things take on a life of their own very quickly,” Sarandos told reporters Tuesday. “I think when people see Ridiculous Six it will speak for itself in terms of its treatment of American Indians.” According to the actors who walked off, the film’s treatment of female American Indians was particularly off-putting, with character named things like “Beaver’s Breath” and “No Bra.” “It was a very interesting time in history when there were 120-some folks on that set and one person had a problem and it blew up,” Sarandos added. “It’s unfortunate the way it played out. The Olsens, of course, are the most noticeable absence from the Full House spin-off, which just started production this week in front of a live audience. “Full House is a really unique show in the culture in that it never really went away,” Sarandos added. “After its network run, it’s been very successful in syndication and has been very cross-generational, with the parents watching with their kids. And when a reporter tried to get Sarandos to at least reveal which of the streaming service’s original series is the most-watched, Sarandos’ answer was in keeping with Netflix’s tight-lipped nature. “The reason we don’t like propping them against one another is it’s not the intent to draw the biggest audience from any given show,” Sarandos said, later singling out the cultural chatter surrounding “Orange is the New Black,” “House of Cards” and “Daredevil.” He continued: “The shows are built and designed and we test them based on the audience we believe the show can attract. The fortunate thing is that when it comes out, people will see it was unfair.” “Not to give you a defensive answer here, but I definitely don’t have to defend Adam Sandler,” Sarandos added. “Pixels did $24 million domestic opening; did $25 million international.

Boyett said, “Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of ‘Fuller House,’ I know how much ‘Full House’ has meant to them, and they are still very much considered family. Sarandos spoke of Netflix’s progress in original programming, how it launched House of Cards, its first major series, in early 2013 and now, less than three years later, is nominated for 34 Emmys, including three best series nods. We’re very excited about the idea of co-viewing, which is very rare on television today.” Fuller House stars Candace Cameron-Bure as a widowed and grown up D.J. A third of our subscribers are outside of the U.S., and we did our deal with Adam Sandler because he’s an enormous international global movie star.”

It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors. None of those shows are designed to attract the whole 65-million subscriber base.” “We know Ted is pleased,” she said, adding that it “feels” like more people are watching than they did with “30 Rock.” “But we don’t have any numbers. The cast members “have fallen right back into their roles,” Sarandos dished. “It’s very much in the same spirit, but it’s a modern take on Full House.” The new series follows eldest Tanner daughter D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure), now a widow, and her fellow single-mom BFF Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), as they raise their children together.

I appreciate their support and good wishes toward ‘Fuller House.’” “Fuller House” will welcome back many original cast members including Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Andrea Barber, Jodie Sweetin, Scott Weinger and Candace Cameron Bure, whose character DJ Tanner leads the new storyline, as an all-grown-up widowed mother of two. When asked after the session about a once-planned special featuring embattled comedian Bill Cosby that Netflix abandoned in November, Sarandos said such a program would be inappropriate.

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