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News from the set of Fuller House has been streaming in ever since Netflix announced the 13-episode Full House revival earlier this year. From the nostalgia-fueled reunion to hope for D.J. and Steve after all these years, fans have plenty to look forward to come 2016. 

Looking for the most recent dish? You got it, dudeEW has you covered with this quick study guide for fans eager for the return of D.J., Stephanie, and the rest of the gang. We’ll be updating this post as news continues to pop up. 

What’s it about?

Set in San Francisco, Fuller House focuses on D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) and her efforts to raise a family after the death of her husband Tommy. Initial plans called for D.J. to be pregnant at the start of the series, but the show will now pick up after the birth of her new baby, who joins D.J.’s two rambunctious boys, Jackson (Michael Campion) and Max (Elias Harger). D.J.’s aspiring musician sister, Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), and best friend Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) — along with Kimmy’s spunky daughter, Ramona (Soni Bringas) — move in to help out with the kids, making for an even fuller house. As a mother of three, D.J. even has some parenting advice to offer BFF Kimmy in an earlier teaser from the series.

Who’s in the House?

The bulk of the series will focus on D.J., Stephanie, Kimmy, and their children, but most of the original cast will be featured in the premiere (a.k.a the reunion episode), while several others will also pop up in later episodes.

Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone), Lori Loughlin (Rebecca Katsopolis), and Scott Weinger (Steve Hale) have returned for the reunion episode, titled, “Our Very First Show, Again” — documenting just about every script and giant cup of coffee at the table read. Saget’s new onscreen wife, Eva LaRue, announced her addition to the cast via Twitter in July. 

Uncle Jesse a.k.a. John Stamos (Jesse Katsopolis) not only guest-stars in the revival, but acts as a producer as well — bringing back those signature sideburns for round two. (Have mercy!) 

One pair of fair-haired twins are back to round out the cast: Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit (Nicky and Alex Katsopolis). 

Wait. So, are the Olsen twins involved?

No. Though Netflix was holding out hope, Laughlin confirmed to the Huffington Post that the Olsen sisters will be absent this — a fact that made Stamos feel “heartbroken.” But, Michelle Tanner will still have a presence on the series; in the first full trailer for the revival, Michelle is said to be in New York, where Mary-Kate and Ashley have headquartered their fashion and lifestyle empire in real life.

What can fans expect from the plot?

Several episodes have already been taped, and Cameron Bure told The Huffington Post that studio audiences have been “going crazy” for the revival. So, what’s in store for fans this time around?

Cameron Bure spilled a few details in a recent interview with MTVAccording to the actress, the show will be “current” and “modern,” and it won’t shy away from addressing the important topics facing kids and parents today. And for all of you wondering whether there’s a future for D.J. and Steve after all these years — you might be in luck. 

“I think it’s fulfilling every young girls’ dream of meeting up with their ex-boyfriend who they loved but it wasn’t the right time or they were too young,” Cameron-Bure told MTV. “I feel like I’m doing this for America. And I think fans will be happy with it.”

But what exactly does that mean for D.J. and Steve?

Cameron Bure told EW that Scott Wagner, the actor behind Steve, was most certainly back on set and that, as a widow, DJ is looking for love. “Steve makes a few appearances on the show,” Cameron Bure confirmed. “I’m sure they talk about old love, and listen, D.J. is widowed and it’s been a while since her husband passed away. She’s thinking about dating.”

What ever happened to predictability?

<pFull House theme song “Everywhere You Look” — originally performed by Jesse Frederick — has been redone by Carly Rae Jepsen and songwriter/producer Butch Walker, and you can hear the audio in the extended trailer for the series. Bure, Sweetin, and Barber teased the trailer during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in early February, but the full trailer is below. </p

What are the critics saying?

A.V. Club claims the series “borders on the obscene” and The Wrap adds that Fuller House‘s tone creates “awkward and unpleasant balance” between the warmness fans remember and its attempt to bring its comedic stylings into the 21st century. The Associated Press believes anyone who wants a “sugar fix,” along with wholehearted lovers of the Tanners, will enjoy its second go-around, but newcomers won’t likely take to Fuller House. As for us, EW critic Jeff Jensen admits the premiere plays heavily on nostalgia, but the remainder of the 13-episode order improves slightly over its saccharine start. Read his full review here.

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All episodes of Fuller House will be released on Netflix Feb. 26.

See the official teaser for the reboot here:

And if that isn’t enough, you can go behind the scenes in Neftlix’s featurette about the making of the series:

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