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In late September, Deadline reported that the actress was heading back to TV as Abigail Stanton roughly two years after Hallmark cut ties with her for her involvement in the college admissions scandal. Many assumed that her character would head back to Hope Valley to join Elizabeth (Erin Krakow), Lucas (Chris McNally) and the rest of the crew on When Calls the Heart (makes sense!), but, in fact, Lori will reprise her role as Abigail on When Hope Calls, set to return for season 2 on a new network, GAC Family.
The show, which debuted in 2019 on Hallmark’s streaming service, is centered on Hope Valley’s neighboring town of Brookfield, so it isn’t too far-fetched that Abigail is taking a trip down the road. She’s simply following Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) and Lee’s (Kavan Smith) lead, who made an appearance during the show’s first season.
Understandably, there has been a lot of confusion about Lori’s next move, leading Hallmark to comment on where their relationship stands today in a statement shared by Showbiz Cheat Sheet: “Hallmark Channel has not cast Lori Loughlin in any current projects, including When Calls the Heart, nor do we have any plans to cast her in the future. She was cast by GAC Family, a wholly separate cable network not affiliated with Hallmark Channel or Crown Media Family Networks.”
That’s right, Hallmark Channel isn’t working with Lori now — or ever (or so they say). This may come as a surprise to many, given that Brian Bird, creator of When Calls the Heart, has been very open about his desire to bring Lori back to Hope Valley. When Lori started her two-month prison sentence last year, he responded to a fan eager for Lori’s return. “Amen, brother. From your lips to God’s ears,” Brian responded.
Even the When Calls the Heart cast has voiced their support for their friend and co-star throughout the years. Erin Krakow often gushes about her “forever friend,” tellingGood Housekeeping in April that she “would be so happy to see her back in Hope Valley sooner than later.” While Erin’s dreams didn’t exactly come true, it’s clear that she’s thrilled to see her friend back on the silver screen. Shortly after it was announced that Lori would be returning to TV, she shared a sweet snap on Instagram.
Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!
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