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June 20, 2019

‘When Calls the Heart’ takes ‘creative hiatus,’ set to continue without star Lori Loughlin

March 19, 2019
When Calls the Heart’s series will continue on without actress Lori Loughlin, as it announced on Sunday. (Eike Schroter/Hallmark Channel)

The world of Hope Valley may have turned upside down, but it will continue on without Lori Loughlin.

The arrest of the actress and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli,last week in connection with a national college cheating scam left her upcoming projects in doubt.


The Hallmark Channel severed all ties with Loughlin, who had been a face of the network, most notably starring in the series, “When Calls the Heart.” Loughlin’s other Hallmark credits include “Meet My Mom” and “Garage Sale Mystery.”

With Loughlin gone, the future of “When Calls the Heart” was up in the air until an update was posted on the show’s Instagram account Sunday.

The post — attributed to producer Brian Bird — features two photos, the first of which reads, “Hope Valley will return soon. The show must go on.”

The second photo includes a statement from Bird in which he addressed the news about Loughlin, writing, “Everyone involved with ‘When Calls the Heart’ was surprised by these developments.”

He went on to say, “Let us reassure you, ‘When Calls the Heart has always been bigger than the sum of its parts, and it HAS T BEEN CANCELED. With the full support of the network, we have gone on a creative hiatus to do some retooling on the remaining Season 6 episodes. That process has already begun. Hope Valley will return to your TV screens as soon as we can bring the episodes to you.”

The scandal, also referred to by authorities as “Operation Varsity Blues,” charged dozens of alleged participants with paying a man to take their children’s SAT or ACT exams and facilitating bribes to guarantee their children admission to revered universities such as Yale, Stanford, and the University of Southern California. Those charged with the crimes include actress Felicity Huffman, multiple CEOs, and NCAA D-1 coaches.

In the wake of the charges, there’s speculation that Loughlin may not return to Netflix’s “Fuller House.”

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