Lori Loughlin makes her acting comeback in When Calls The Heart spin-off after recording scandal

Lori Loughlin will make her acting comeback after her release from prison for her role in the college admissions scandal.

According to a report by Deadline On Tuesday, the 57-year-old actress will reprise her character Abigail Stanton from The Hallmark Channel show When Calls The Heart in the second season of the spin-off series When Hope Calls.

Lori will make its first appearance on December 18 in the two-part season premiere When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, which airs on the new network GAC Family.

Return: Lori Loughlin will make her acting comeback following her release from prison for her role in the college admissions scandal. Seen in 2019

The former Full House star left When Calls The Heart in May 2019 after she was charged along with her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, 58, in the Varsity Blues university admissions scandal.

After initially claiming her innocence, Lori eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit telephony and mail fraud and was serving a two-month prison sentence from October to December 2020.

Mossimo also pleaded guilty and was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest telephony and mail fraud. He was sentenced to five months in prison, which he completed in April 2020.

Comeback: According to a report from Deadline on Tuesday, the 57-year-old actress will reprise her character Abigail Stanton from The Hallmark Channel's show When Calls The Heart in the second season of the spin-off series When Hope Calls.

Comeback: According to a report from Deadline on Tuesday, the 57-year-old actress will reprise her character Abigail Stanton from The Hallmark Channel’s show When Calls The Heart in the second season of the spin-off series When Hope Calls.

Loughlin, who is still on probation, said she returned to acting last week when she sought “accelerated” permission to travel to Canada from a federal judge in Boston.

As reported by The Mercury News, a statement from Lori’s probation states that “Ms. Loughlin expects she will travel for about a week” and “a film production project will be offered.”

When Calls The Heart has been on The Hallmark Channel since 2014. The western play follows high-society teacher Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) as she adjusts to life in a Canadian mining town.

Scandal: The former Full House star left When Calls The Heart in May 2019 after being charged along with her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, 58, in the Varsity Blues university admissions scandal.  Seen in 2019

Scandal: The former Full House star left When Calls The Heart in May 2019 after being charged along with her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, 58, in the Varsity Blues university admissions scandal. Seen in 2019

Lori played the part of Abigail, a widow and close friend of Elizabeth’s, from seasons one through six, before leaving the show after being charged over the admissions scandal.

Loughlin’s character was written out of the show. In a two-part special that aired in May 2019, Elizabeth revealed in a letter that Abigail had rushed back east to care for her ailing mother.

“It’s been a week since Abigail learned that her mother in the east had fallen ill. True to her nature, Abigail wasted no time in rushing to take care of her,” Elizabeth said. “Abigail is much more than a friend, she’s family. I will miss her and Cody very much – we all will, but we have to get along as best we can.

Unsubscribed: In a two-part special that aired in May 2019, Elizabeth revealed in a letter that Abigail had rushed back east to care for her ailing mother

Unsubscribed: In a two-part special that aired in May 2019, Elizabeth revealed in a letter that Abigail had rushed back east to care for her ailing mother

“In her absence, we must continue and we will. We are a community, we are strong, we are Hope Valley.”

Spin-off series When Hope Calls premiered on The Hallmark Channel in August 2019. The show revolves around two sisters Lillian Walsh (Morgan Kohan) and Grace Bennett (Jocelyn Hudon) who open an orphanage in the western Canadian town of Brookfield.

The characters of Kohan and Hudon were first introduced in When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing.

Departure: Lori played the role of Abigail, a widow and close friend of Elizabeth's, from seasons one through six, before leaving the show after being charged over the admissions scandal

Departure: Lori played the role of Abigail, a widow and close friend of Elizabeth’s, from seasons one through six, before leaving the show after being charged over the admissions scandal

The Operation Varsity Blues plan involved wealthy parents who paid large sums of money to bribe their children’s roads to prestigious universities.

The investigation revealed that Lori and Giannulli had paid $500,000 to falsely pass their daughters Isabella, now 23, and Olivia, now 22, as potential college rowers on the University of Southern California rowing team to secure their admission.

Olivia has already publicized her return as she competes on the current season of Dancing With The Stars.

Back in the spotlight: Olivia has already made her return to the public eye as she competes on the current season of Dancing With The Stars.  Seen in September 2021

Back in the spotlight: Olivia has already made her return to the public eye as she competes on the current season of Dancing With The Stars. Seen in September 2021

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