Lori Loughlin is back in family movies after getting out of prison

It’s not quite a Hallmark moment.

Lori Loughlin, 58, the disgraced former “Full House” star turned Hallmark Channel not-so-sane queen, is making her big return to film after her time in prison. She will star in the television movie Fall into Winter for the Great American Family network.

According to the network’s press release, the film’s plot is as follows: “Keely (Loughlin) is horrified when her brother forcibly sells his half of their family-owned upscale candy store to his high school best friend (and her nemesis, Brooks) out of sudden urgency to find connection and common ground. Keely has been hurt before; Change is her new nemesis. Brooks’ past is a mirror of Keely’s. He too has a fortress around his heart. Fate brings the two together. Could it also offer new beginnings?”

Established in 2021, Great American Family has vacation movies and romantic comedies focused on “faith, family and country.” CEO Bill Abbott used to run Hallmark Media, for which Loughlin starred in dozens of films and series until she was arrested in 2019 for her guilt in the college admissions scandal. She served two months in prison and was released in December 2020. She immediately showed her remorse by dumping $13 million on a lavish vacation home.

Lori Loughlin goes to court in 2019.
Lori Loughlin goes to court in 2019.
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Lori Loughlin with her daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli.
Lori Loughlin with her daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli.
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Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Great American Media, recently told Variety, “She’s America’s sweetheart, no matter what. Ultimately, she represents all that is positive about entertainment and has had a stellar career — not just on screen, but in terms of her demeanor personally when it comes to being someone who has a track record of doing the right thing around the world apart from what happened. I don’t know the details.”

It’s odd that he said he doesn’t know the details, given that the college admissions scandal has been widely reported and even the subject of a Netflix film.

Lori Loughlin smiles against a red background.
Lori Loughlin.
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The Hallmark Channel ended its relationship with Loughlin in 2019. Luckily for her, former CEO Bill Abbot now runs the Great American Family. In a press release announcing the film project, he said, “Lori is a genre-defining star who has been my close friend and collaborator for more than 15 years… I look forward to welcoming her back to the Great American Family.” to anchor our 2023 winter program board.”

The film “Autumn into Winter” will premiere in January 2023.

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