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The show's producer calls it a 'creative hiatus'
The show must go on.
Days after the Hallmark Channel decided to cut ties with Lori Loughlin in the wake of her indictment as part of an alleged college admissions scam, a producer on her hit series When Calls the Heart has announced that the series will continue without her -- eventually, at least.
On Instagram, producer Brian Bird released a statement to let fans know that the show has not been canceled, but has instead been put on a "creative hiatus" so that they can rework the rest of Season 6's episodes.
"Let us reassure you, When Calls the Heart has always been bigger than the sum of its parts, and it HAS NOT BEEN CANCELED," Bird wrote. "With the full support of the network, we have gone on a creative hiatus to do some retooling on the remaining Season 6 episodes. That process has already begun. Hope Valley will return to your TV screens as soon as we can bring the episodes to you."
Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are among dozens of people, including fellow actress Felicity Huffman, who face charges for allegedly participating in a fraudulent college admissions scheme to get their children into prestigious universities.
Hallmark decided to pull the planned March 17 episode of When Calls the Heart following Loughlin's arrest. The actress has starred on the show since its 2014 debut.
In a previous statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Crown Media and its affiliate networks revealed plans to cut ties with Louglin, saying, "We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin, including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production."