Actress Lori Loughlin is set to return to television for the first time since entering prison for her role in the college admissions scandal in 2019.
Loughlin, best known for her role on the ’90s sitcom “Full House”, will renew her role as Abigail Stanton in the second season of “When Hope Calls”, which originally aired on the Hallmark Channel but will now be broadcast on GAC Family. Channel. The news comes more than two years after Hallmark Channel’s parent company announced it had halted all production development with Loughlin.
She is expected to be the guest of a two-part holiday premiere, titled “When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas,” on Dec. 18, the GAC family said in a press release.
Federal officials revealed in 2019 that Loughlin was involved in what they dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” a scandal involving wealthy parents who paid repairmen to enroll their children in elite universities.
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, admitted paying Rick Singer and the Key Worldwide Foundation $ 500,000 to falsely name his daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, 20, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 21, as rookies to the team. crew from the University of Southern California.
Neither girl was a rower. The couple went so far as to put the students on rowers for their admission application.
Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison, fined $ 150,000 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service upon her release. Her husband was sentenced to five months in prison, fined $ 250,000 and 250 hours of community service.
“When Hope Calls” is a spin-off of the popular period drama of the channel “When Calls the Heart”. Production was abruptly halted for “When Calls the Heart” following the revelation of Loughlin’s involvement in the admissions scandal.
She was written off from “When the Heart Is Called” after six seasons leaving her character to care for a sick family member. It’s unclear if she will also return in the series, which was renewed for a ninth season in May.