Great American Family CEO Insists Lori Loughlin Is Still ‘America’s Sweetheart’ Despite ‘All That Has Happened’ (Doing Crime) – Rolling Stone


Big American family, a non-Hallmark Channel TV channel has big plans for white-collar criminal/actress Lori Loughlin, with network CEO Bill Abbott telling Variety: “She’s America’s sweetheart, no matter what happened.”

‘Whatever happened’ refers, of course, to the two months in prison Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli served in 2020 after pleading guilty to fraud conspiracy charges in the college admissions scandal. known as “Operation Varsity Blues”. The couple were accused of paying William “Rick” Signer – the alleged mastermind behind the scam – $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits, even if neither of the girls were on the crew team in high school.

Since her 2020 exit, Loughlin has kept a low profile, although she made her television comeback on the hit American series, When Hope Calls. (That series was a spinoff of When Calls the Heart, the show that was to figure out how to write Loughlin’s character after he was first indicted in 2019). His ties to the Great American Family and Abbott also run deep: Abbott ran the Hallmark channel, which aired many movies and shows (including When Calls the Heart) starring Loughlin. And Great American Family airs reruns of Full House and Fuller House and works frequently with Loughlin’s former co-stars Candace Cameron Bure and Andrea Barber.

Abbott did not provide any details about the projects they are developing with Loughlin, although he said they speak to each other several times a week, and that there are “two scripts that she really likes, one of which is ‘un we will give the green light for this year or next year.

Of Loughlin, Abbott added: “Ultimately, she represents all things positive in entertainment and has had an exceptional career – not only on screen, but also in the way she has carried herself. personally, in terms of being someone who has a reputation for doing the right thing in the world at large, apart from whatever has happened. I don’t know the details. 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.

If Abbott wants to know “the details” of “everything that happened,” there are plenty of resources for him, from books to documentaries to Lifetime movies. Hell, even this post and the various links in it would help.

And to be fair, it’s not like Loughlin, and so many others who have been imprisoned in this country, don’t deserve a chance to carve out a better, more sustainable and moral life. It’s just that it seems like the American prison state is structured to ensure that only people like Loughlin get a second chance. As things stand, perhaps Abbott’s assessment that Loughlin is America’s sweetheart isn’t so crazy — we certainly love and serve our white-collar criminals.


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