Lori Loughlin will star in her first romantic comedy since serving a two-month prison sentence in 2020 for her part in a college admissions scandal.
The 58-year-old former “Full House” actor will star in “Fall Into Winter” on Great American Family, the network announced on September 22.
“Fall Into Winter” tells the story of Keely (Loughlin), a woman who is horrified when her brother sells half of the family-owned exclusive candy store to Brooks, her best friend and nemesis, from high school. she soon finds out that both she and Brooks have been hurt before and have their guard up. Could fate have brought them together?
“Lori is a genre-defining star and I have been honored to call her a close friend and collaborator for over 15 years,” Great American Media Chairman and CEO Bill Abbott said in a statement. “We share a vision to create meaningful and memorable movies that resonate with our passionate fans, and I look forward to welcoming Great American Family back to anchor our winter 2023 lineup.”
“Fall Into Winter” begins production in October and will premiere in January 2023.
The film marks Loughlin’s second project for the Great American Family network since his release from prison. She previously reprized her “When Calls the Heart” character, Abigail Stanton, for the second season of her spin-off series “When Hope Calls.”
“When Hope Calls” aired its first season on Hallmark’s streaming platform, Hallmark Movies Now. Hallmark Channel cut ties with Loughlin in 2019 amid her involvement in the nationwide college admissions scam.
Loughlin’s former “Full House” co-star Candace Cameron Bure has a connection to Great American Media, developing, producing and starring in projects for it. She is producing a Christmas movie for Great American Family with another “Full House” alumna, Andrea Barber.
In 2020, Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, admitted paying $500,000 in an effort to help their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, get into the University of Southern California by falsely presenting them as athletic recruits.
Loughlin pleaded guilty to one federal count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. She was sentenced to two months in prison and was released in December 2020. The actor also paid a $150,000 fine and completed a community service requirement after being released from prison.
Giannulli served about five months in prison and was released in April 2021.