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Wait, is Lori Loughlin really setting up a ‘When Calls the Heart’ return?

‘When Calls the Heart’ is still on the air. Will Lori Loughlin return?

Lori Loughlin appears in “When Calls the Heart” season 5. New theories about the future of Loughlin’s character on “When Calls the Heart” have filtered in.
Lori Loughlin appears in “When Calls the Heart” season 5. “When Calls the Heart” is still on the air. Will Lori Loughlin return?
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Multiple headlines from the last few days suggest Lori Loughlin could be looking to return to “When Calls the Heart.” But should you believe these headlines?

A look at the news

There are a slew of headlines that hint at Loughlin’s potential return to “When Calls the Heart.” Here’s a look at them:

Some evidence

Loughlin has expressed interest in returning to acting. Unnamed sources recently told People magazine that Loughlin plans to return to acting in the future after her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, is released from prison in April.

“When Calls the Heart” films in Canada. Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton recently approved the request for Loughlin to receive her passport back now that she’s finished her prison sentence and has paid her $150,000 fine, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Will she ever return?

Back in 2019, “When Calls the Heart” executive producer and creator Brian Bird told From the Desk of Kurt Manwaring at the end of last month that Hope Valley — the fictional town in which “When Calls the Heart” takes place — is “a place for second chances” and her character could return in the future.

  • “Some of the fans have asked what will happen to Abigail’s character, and shared their opinion that Hope Valley should be an example of forgiveness and grace. As Lori’s friend, I could not agree more,” Bird told From the Desk.
  • “… Hope Valley will always be a place of second chances,” Bird said, according to the Deseret News. “However, in the real world, having a heart of forgiveness does not mean that justice can be ignored.”

Will someone else play Abigail?

Back at the time of Loughlin’s scandal, Rachael Ellenbogen of the International Business Times put together a list of possible replacement actresses, which included:

  • Andie MacDowell (who headlined Hallmark’s first original show “Cedar Cove”).
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (who appeared in the Hallmark Christmas film “The Christmas Train”).
  • Kelly Rutherford (who currently stars on the “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff show “The Perfectionists”).
  • Daphne Zuniga, who appeared on “One Tree Hill,” also expressed interest.