Lori Loughlin will star in a romantic comedy for Great American Family
Lori Loughlin is set to star in her first romantic comedy since serving a two-month prison sentence in 2020 for her involvement in a college admissions scandal.
The 58-year-old former “Full House” actor will star in “Fall Into Winter” on Great American Family, the network announced Sept. 22.
“Fall Into Winter” tells the story of Keely (Loughlin), a woman who is dismayed when her brother sells half of their high-end family candy store to Brooks, her best friend – and nemesis – from high school. She soon discovers that she and Brooks have already been injured and are on their guard. Could fate have brought them together?
“Lori is a genre-defining star who I’ve had the honor of calling a close friend and collaborator for over 15 years,” Great American Media President and CEO Bill Abbott said. in a press release. “We have a shared vision for creating meaningful and memorable films that resonate with our passionate fans, and I look forward to welcoming him back to Great American Family to anchor our winter 2023 lineup.”
“Fall Into Winter” begins production in October and will air in January 2023.
The film marks Loughlin’s second project for the Great American Family Network since his release from prison. She previously reprized her “When Calls the Heart” character, Abigail Stanton, for the second season of her spin-off series “When Hope Calls.”
“When Hope Calls” aired its first season on Hallmark’s streaming platform, Hallmark Movies Now. The Hallmark Channel severed ties with Loughlin in 2019 amid his involvement in the National College Admissions Scam.
Former Loughlin “Full House” co-star Candace Cameron Bure has a connection to Great American Media, developing, producing and starring in projects for her. She’s producing a Christmas movie for Great American Family with fellow “Full House” alum, Andrea Barber.
In 2020, Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, admitted to paying $500,000 to help their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, gain admission to the University of Southern California by introducing them to wrong as athletic rookies.
Loughlin pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. She was sentenced to two months in prison and was released in December 2020. The actor also paid a $150,000 fine and performed community service after his release from prison.
Giannulli served approximately five months in prison and was released in April 2021.