When the news that Lori Loughlin was going to star in the first two episodes of “When Hope Calls” on GAC Family broke, Hallmark fans began wondering what that meant for Loughlin’s future on Hallmark. Could she possibly return to “When Calls the Heart” or any other Hallmark project? Loughlin was let go right after the college admissions scandal broke and her scenes from “When Calls the Heart” were edited out. Hallmark revealed its plans for Loughlin’s future shortly after the GAC Family news was announced.
In a Tweet, Hallmark Said It Had No Plans to Cast Loughlin in the Future
On Twitter, an account named “Knights Templar” made a sarcastic post joking that Loughlin would be starring in “When Prison Calls,” a new Hallmark series. The official Hallmark Twitter account appeared to take the sarcastic tweet very seriously and tweeted a response.
You can see the full tweet exchange and all the replies here.
The Hallmark Twitter account replied, writing: “Hi Knights, Hallmark Channel has not cast Lori Loughlin in any current projects, nor do we have any plans to cast her in the future. She was cast by GAC Family, a wholly separate cable network not affiliated with Hallmark Channel or Crown Media Family Networks.”
The tweet came from the official Hallmark Twitter account rather than the official Hallmark Channel Twitter account, but this was likely because the original tweet tagged the Hallmark account in its message. The people who replied had mixed responses, with some people saying it was good that Hallmark wasn’t going to cast Loughlin in anything and others saying that Loughlin deserved a second chance.
The Hallmark Channel’s official Twitter account has not replied to tweets about the second season of “When Hope Calls.”
Super Channel Heart & Home Aired ‘When Hope Calls’ in Canada
Meanwhile, Super Channel Heart & Home aired “When Hope Calls” season 2 in Canada when it premiered in December.
This channel is also the home of “When Calls the Heart” in Canada. The channel’s official Twitter account said that viewers would be able to watch the first two episodes at the same time as U.S. viewers.
The account tweeted: “We are thrilled to share that #WhenHopeCalls is coming home to Heart & Home! Red heart Our viewers will be able to enjoy the upcoming Christmas special on Dec. 18 – at the same time as @GACfamilyTV in the US. #Hearties #Hopefuls.”
Jocelyn Hudon revealed that she would not be returning as Grace for season 2, and her character was written out of the show in the first two episodes. Lori Loughlin starred in the first two episodes, and Carter Ryan starred as Cody, Abigail’s son. Morgan Kohan reprised her role as Lillian Walsh.
The “When Hope Calls” announcement was one of many announcements shared by GAC Family. The former hosts of Hallmark’s now-cancelled series “Home & Family” — Cameron Mathison and Debbie Matenopoulos — hosted a special event on GAC Family on October 16 called “Welcome to Great American Christmas.”
“An Autumn Romance” premiered on GAC Family on Saturday, October 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern, starring Chad Michael Murray and Jessica Lowndes.
Susie Abromeit & Torrance Coombs starred in “Much Ado About Christmas,” which premiered on Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m. Eastern as the first in the channel’s 12-Christmas movie lineup.
“Christmas Time Is Here” premiered on GAC Family on November 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern, starring Dewshane Williams, Rukiya Bernard, and Tom Pickett.
Jen Lilley starred in a GAC Family movie called “Royally Wrapped for Christmas.” And Mathison starred with Jennie Garth in the GAC Family movie “A Kindhearted Christmas” on November 20.
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