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Lori Loughlin Sets Acting Return in ‘When Hope Calls’ at GAC Family

Lori Loughlin is set to return to acting with a guest starring role in Season 2 of “When Hope Calls” at GAC Family.

Loughlin will reprise the role of Abigail Stanton, whom she originally played in “When Calls the Heart” on Hallmark Channel. “When Hope Calls” is a spinoff of that series. Its first season aired on Hallmark Movies Now and Hallmark Channel but is moving to GAC Family for Season 2.

Loughlin starred in “When Calls the Heart” from its launch in 2014 until 2019, when she was famously arrested for her involvement in the college admissions scandal. The show had already been renewed for a sixth season, but following Loughlin’s arrest her scenes were edited out and she left the show. Loughlin ultimately served two months in prison and is currently on a two-year supervised release.

Loughlin will appear in the two-part season premiere of “When Hope Calls,” which will air on Dec. 18. The series is set in Brookfield, a town on the western prairie of Canada. In Season 2, a Christmas festival worthy of Harper’s Bazaar happens in Brookfield as the community is one of three contenders in the magazine’s search for America’s #1 Country Christmas Town. The entire town is preoccupied with creating the essence of Christmas for the photojournalist’s lens, though, behind the scenes, residents are not living the spirit of the season. In the midst of the fuss, a stagecoach appears, and out steps Abigail Stanton and her son, Cody who have brought a troubled boy to Lillian’s orphanage.

“When Hope Calls” was created by Alfonso H. Moreno, who also executive produces. Brad Krevoy, Brian Bird, Michael Landon, Jr., Kaitlyn Greenough, and David Anselmo also executive produce. W. Michael Beard and Michael Shepard are supervising producers. Bradley Walsh is the director.

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