- The Hallmark Channel announced earlier in March that “When Calls the Heart” would take a creative hiatus in the wake of the college admissions scandal, which saw its star, Lori Loughlin, named as one of dozens of parents who allegedly paid bribes so their children could get into USC, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.
- Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli specifically are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, would be crew team recruits for the University of Southern California — even though they never participated in crew. Both Olivia and Isabella remain students at USC as of Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.
- In the immediate aftermath, Hallmark cut ties with Loughlin and announced the ongoing sixth season of “When Calls the Heart” would go on hiatus as it figures out what to do with her character, who is mayor of the fictional town Hope Valley. It’s possible Hallmark might recast Loughlin.
30 ideas: The International Business Times unveiled 30 different shows you can watch to help bridge the gap between now and when the show returns.1 comment on this story
Shows on the list include:
- “Anne with an E”
- “Downton Abbey”
- “Gilmore Girls”
- “God Friended Me”
- “Little House on the Prairie”
Visit the International Business Times for a full list of options while you wait for “When Calls the Heart” to return.
One more thing: “When Calls the Heart” has a spinoff show called “When Hope Calls.” It doesn’t arrive until August, and will only be on Hallmark’s video streaming service, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.