Full House Rewind, a newly-launched 90s sitcom rewatch podcast with the show’s star David Alan Coulier, will no longer be releasing episodes during the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Independent podcast network PodCo launched Full House Rewind in both video and audio format. The companion podcast features Coulier reliving nostalgic moments from the show, sharing behind-the-scenes exclusives, and interviewing former colleagues who worked on the show including creator Jeff Franklin and fellow series actors like John Stamos and Marla Sokoloff.
Despite previously telling Variety that the show had been given clearance from the strike, the podcast released an update today stating that it will now be pausing episodes until the SAG-AFTRA strike is resolved, despite many episodes being pre-recorded and ready for release. It also teased that the next episode will feature a guest whose “name begins with a J and [has] great hair” - presumed to be Stamos, who has already been confirmed as an upcoming guest.
“Full House Rewind is unique in that we’re both a podcast and a TV show all rolled into one,” said Coulier in the episode update. “We started recording our episodes before the SAG-AFTRA strike and according to their most recent announcement, members who are part of a rewatch podcast are required to either stop recording, pivot their shows to new subject matter, or shoot without guests.
“Full House is considered strike work so we’re going to press pause on Full House Rewind until the strike has been resolved, we just think this is the right thing to do. We will, however, for your entertainment, continue to post some fun and hopefully funny stuff on our social media channels. Mostly, we want to thank you for all the love you’ve been sending our way and the second the strike is finished, we’ll be back with more funny Full House Rewind episodes and some unbelievable guests.”
The previous reason that PodCo said the podcast had been given clearance was because the company is not part of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), and the episodes with Stamos and Sokoloff were recorded in mid-June, prior to the strike.
The SAG-AFTRA Strike started 13 July at midnight after the union failed to reach an agreement with the AMPTP - the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The union joined the WGA - The Writers Guild of America - at the picket line which has been striking since 2 May with similar demands from TV and film companies, including higher pay and better working conditions, as well as better protection and guardrails against the advancement of AI.
Other companion and rewatch podcasts such as The Always Sunny Podcast have been put on hold amidst the SAG strike while others like Office Ladieshave put up a disclaimer to say that episodes have been recorded prior to the strike. SAG-AFTRA spokeswoman Pamela Greenwalt told The New York Times on 21 July that actors under contract to produce rewatch podcasts, despite them being considered promotional, will not be considered in breach of the strike rules.
PodCo is co-founded by writer and producer Brendan Rooney and former Disney star Christy Carlson-Romano. The network produces a number of nostalgic TV rewatch podcasts such as Wizards of Waverly Podwith Jennifer Stone and David DeLuis, Ned's Declassified Podcast Survival Guide! with Devon Werkheiser, Lindsey Shaw, and Daniel Curtis Lee, andEven More Stevens with Romano, Nick Spano, and Steven Anthony Lawrence.