Ready for his return. Bill Abbott says he can’t wait Lori Loughlin to return to the small screen.
The CEO of Great American Media said he spoke with the Full house alum, 58, “three times a week” and hopes to have her in a movie soon on one of her networks (which includes Great American Family and Great American Living).
“She’s America’s sweetheart no matter what,” Abbott said. Variety in an interview published on Wednesday, September 22. to be someone who has proven himself around the world, apart from everything that has happened. She is loved and for good reason. We are very proud of our association with her and want her to be part of the fabric.
The former Hallmark actress and her husband, Mossimo Giannulliwere arrested in March 2019 after being accused of paying bribes worth more than $500,000 to help their daughters — Olivia Jade Giannulli and Bella Giannulli – secure admission to the University of Southern California.
After more than a year of maintaining their innocence, the parents pleaded guilty to fraud charges as part of a plea deal before each serving time in prison. Loughlin served two months at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, and was released in December 2020.
In addition to her two months in prison, the Full house alum was ordered to pay a $150,000 fine and two years of supervised release with 100 hours of community service. She continues to work with Project Angel Food, the charity she started working with during court-ordered hours.
She returned to acting for the first time in late 2021, resuming it When the heart calls you role in the spin-off When hope calls. During the two-part Christmas special, she returned as Abigail Stanton, her character who was suddenly dropped from the original Hallmark series after she was indicted in March 2019.
Abbott believes she will soon make an even bigger return to her Great American Media networks – which are also home to When hope calls.
“We have two scripts that she really likes, one of which will be approved for this year or next year,” Abbott added. “Lori is a good friend and someone we’d love nothing more than to do a movie with, and we’re hopeful.”
The network matters More complete house alum Candace Cameron Bure as an executive in the company. The former Loughlin co-star 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 the two women will become faces of the network.