Steve Baldikoski and Bryan Behar have been named the new showrunners for Netflix’s Fuller House.
The rebooted sitcom has been a popular hit for the streaming giant, tapping into American nostalgia for the original show. With a fourth season in the pipeline, though, pre-production came to a halt this year, with allegations against showrunner Jeff Franklin over inappropriate behaviour.
Netflix promptly removed him from the post, and has now appointed Baldikoski and Behar as his replacement for Season 4. The pair have served as co-executive producers from the series’ launch in 2016, and have also previously served as co-executive producers on The New Adventures of Old Christine, 8 Simple Rules, Kirstie and Save Me, and as consulting producers on the series Last Man Standing, Jennifer Falls and others.
Season 4 of Fuller House will go into production later this year.
Netflix fires Fuller House showrunner Jeff Franklin after allegations of inappropriate behaviour
1st March 2018
Netflix has removed Jeff Franklin as showrunrer of Fuller House, after reported allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
The rebooted series has been a popular hit for the streaming giant, tapping into American nostalgia for the original sitcom. While the show has already been renewed for a fourth season, though, it will no go ahead with its showrunner in place, following allegations against Franklin of inappropriate behaviour.
Variety, which broke the news, reports that Franklin has been accused of being “verbally abusive to staffers and making inappropriate statements in the writers’ room”, including “sexually charged comments about his personal relationships and sex life”. He has not been accused of directly harrassing of engaging in physical misconduct with any staffers, notes Variety, but a source reportedly told the trade publication that producers Warner Bros. TV received “an anonymous letter more than two years ago with detailed allegations about Franklin’s behavior with Fuller House writers and other staffers”.
“It’s not clear if Warner Bros. investigated the situation at that time,” says Variety. “More recently, it’s understood that the studio did initiate a probe after receiving numerous complaints about Franklin’s behavior.”
The source also told Variety that staffers had complained about Franklin bringing women he dated to the set and allegedly sometimes giving them small acting roles in the series.
“We are not renewing Jeff Franklin’s production deal and he will no longer be working on Fuller House,” Warner Bros. TV said in a statement.
Deadline, which reports that Warner Bros. has also cut its ties with Franklin, received confirmation from Netflix that Season 4 of Fuller House will go ahead.
“Fuller House will return for a fourth season, as planned,” the streaming giant said in a statement “We hope to go into production in the next few months.”