It’s safe to say that Lori Loughlin has enjoyed a relatively soft landing since her release from federal prison in December 2020, following her conviction for her role in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal.

Unlike other former federal prisoners, who struggle to find housing and face high rates of unemployment, the former “Full House” actor was able to return to not one, but two, luxury homes in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, and take vacations to posh resorts in Mexico.

And on Thursday, it was announced that Loughlin has landed a new starring role in an uplifting family TV movie, with her network boss saying, “she’s America’s sweetheart, regardless of whatever happened.”

Loughlin, who has not led a TV film for Hallmark or any other network since 2018, will star in “Fall Into Winter,” a romantic comedy airing in January for the Great American Family network. Bill Abbott, the CEO for the network, previously worked with Loughlin when he was CEO of Hallmark Media, and the actor starred in Hallmark’s “Garage Sale Mystery” films and its show, “When Calls the Heart.”

In announcing the new movie, Abbott hailed Loughlin in a press release as “a genre-defining star” whom he has had “the honor to call a close friend and collaborator for more than 15 years.” He also said, “We have a shared vision for creating meaningful and memorable movies that resonate with our passionate fans, and I look forward to welcoming her back to Great American Family to anchor our 2023 winter programming slate.”

Hallmark cut ties with Loughlin after she and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were arrested in 2019 and subsequently charged and convicted for their part in the nationwide college admissions scandal. Loughlin and Giannulli paid $500,000 in bribes to the scheme’s mastermind, William “Rick” Singer, to get their underqualified daughters, …read more

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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