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Lori Loughlin will return to acting with ‘When Calls the Heart’ spinoff

Lori Loughlin’s Abigail Stanton will return to the lives of Hope Valley with ‘When Hope Calls’

Actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the annual People Magazine “Ones To Watch” party in Los Angeles.
In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the 5th annual People Magazine “Ones To Watch” party in Los Angeles.
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Lori Loughlin will return to acting in the new “When Calls the Heart” spinoff show “When Hope Calls,” according to Deadline.

  • The show will debut on the GAC Family network (formerly the Great American Country Network).

Loughlin’s character, Abigail Stanton, will make her debut in Season 2, per TV Line.

  • She will specifically return on the premiere episode on Saturday, Dec. 18, which will be a Christmas special titled “When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas.”

Why did Lori Loughlin leave ‘When Calls the Heart’ in Season 6?

Loughlin was last seen in an acting role as Abigail Stanton on Season 6 of Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart.” However, the Hallmark Channel cut ties with Loughlin due to the college admissions scandal, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

‘When Calls the Heart’ rumors about Lori Loughlin’s return

Since Loughlin ended her prison sentence with the scandal, there have been rumors of Loughlin returning to “When Calls the Heart.” Headlines from Us Weekly magazine and PopCulture suggested she might return. Loughlin had been planning to return to acting after the scandal.

  • Rumors kicked up even more when Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton approved Loughlin’s request to receive a passport to Canada, where “When Calls the Heart” films its episodes, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

“When Calls the Heart” may have been setting up her return, too. A character named Gowen had been writing letters to Abigail.

“When Calls the Heart” star Erin Krakow said she hoped Loughlin would return to the show, too.

  • “Well, I sure hope so,” Krakow said. “Real life Abigail is one of my dearest friends. Her name still hangs on a sign above the cafe. She will always be an incredibly important part of ‘When Calls the Heart.’ I would love to see her character back in Hope Valley again. We’ve got a lot more exciting stories that we could tell with her.”