Are you ready to welcome her back? Bill Abbott said he can’t wait forLori Loughlinto return to the small-sized screen.
Great American Media CEO, said that he talks directly to the Full House alum, 58, “three times a week” and hopes to have her soon star in a movie on one of his networks (which includes Great American Family and Great American Living).
“She’s America’s sweetheart, regardless of whatever happened,” Abbott told VarietyInterview published Wednesday, September 22, 2002. “At the end of the day, she represents all that is positive about entertainment, and has had a stellar career — not only on screen, but also the way she’s conducted herself personally, in terms of being someone who has a track record of doing the right thing in the world at large, aside from whatever happened. She’s beloved and for good reason. We’re very proud of our association with her and want to make her part of the fabric.”
The ex-Hallmark actress and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were arrested in March 2019 after they were accused of paying bribes worth more than $500,000 to help their daughters —Olivia Jade GiannulliAnd Bella Giannulli — secure admission to the University of Southern California.
After more than a year of remaining innocent, the parents pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to fraud charges before each receiving a prison sentence. Loughlin spent two months in the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin (California) and was released in December 2020.
She was also sentenced to two months in prison. Full HouseAn alum was sentenced to $150,000 in fines and two years of supervision with 100 hours of community work. Project Angel Food, the charity with which she began working for the court-ordered hours, continues to be her employer.
In 2021, she was able to reprise her role in the film. When the Heart CallsPart in the spinoff When Hope Calls. During the Christmas special, she reprised her role as Abigail Stanton. This character was written out of Hallmark’s original series in March 2019 after she was indicted.
Abbott believes that she’ll have an even bigger comeback soon on his Great American Media networks — which are also the home of When Hope Calls.
“We have two scripts that she really likes, one of which we’ll greenlight for this year or next year,” Abbott added. “Lori’s a good friend and somebody who we would love nothing more than to do a movie with, and we’re hopeful.”
The network counts Fuller HouseAlum Candace Cameron Bureas an executive at the company. Loughlin’s former costar was brought to Great American Media when her Hallmark contract expired earlier this year — and Abbott’s company reportedly offered her $2 million. The CEO hopes both women become the faces of this network.