Monday, April 22, 2024

Casting Call for Lifetime “Full House” Tell-All Movie Has Nice Anti-Semitic Overtone


Bob Saget should get a kick out of this. I was sent a casting call for Lifetime’s tell-all backstage movie about the TV show “Full House.” Saget’s character, Danny Tanner, is described as “a tall, Caucasian, sarcastic, quick witted, and lanky affable actor in his early 30s, with a prominent nose and a New York type personality.”

The last part is worded oh so carefully– “a prominent nose and New York type personality” is code for Jewish. With a capital J.

Lifetime has become a moat for really bad “told to” movies about celebrities and old TV shows. In the last year they tramped all over Whitney Houston and made a sleazy business out of “Saved by the Bell.” It’s unclear who watches this stuff– bored pets?– but maybe it the stuff sells overseas.

This episode is written by Ron McGee, who also authored “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Movie.” I doubt he wrote the description of Saget’s character, but someone associated with this did. The Olsen twins should be worried.

John Stamos’s Uncle Jessie is described as “Early-mid 20s, Caucasian, really good looking
dark, sexy male with a great head of hair…A little surprised to discover that some of his younger cast mates outshine him, he nonetheless relishes his status as one of Hollywood’s Most Eligible Bachelors. He even meets the woman of his dreams…” At least there’s no mention of Greek yogurt.

No word on who will play the Olsen twins, or any of the others including Dave Coulier.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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