All the rumors surrounding the show being canceled was finally put to bed when earlier this week, Hallmark Channel announced that it would finally bring back When Calls the Heart for another season this May.
Amid all the controversy surrounding Lori Loughlin and the massive college admissions scandal, fans of the hit TV series When Calls the Heart on Hallmark Channel have been wondering for a while if the show would continue for another season.
But all the rumors surrounding the show being canceled was finally put to bed when earlier this week, Hallmark Channel announced that it would finally bring back When Calls the Heart for another season this May, reports Entertainment Weekly. With this confirmation, the network has also arranged more visits to Hope Valley in the future as well.
This was also confirmed by When Calls The Heart executive producer Brian Bird who thanked fans on Instagram for “sticking with us through this challenging time.” He added, "Life throws all of us painful curveballs, and the only way to survive is to walk right through them with courage, grace, a forgiving spirit, and most of all, hope. Many of you have wondered what the future holds for our cast and crew, and for the citizens of Hope Valley."
"Your care and concern means the world to us, and the best way we can thank you is to encourage you the way you encourage us because… Hope always lives here.”
The 20th century-set drama was finally renewed for a 7th season and fans have been beyond excited! It was also confirmed by show star Erin Krakow who revealed the news in a video announcement.
The renewal status comes right after the Hallmark show confirmed bringing back a season 6 episode on May 5. When Calls The Heart has been in limbo ever since Lori Loughlin Lori was charged in March with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. Following this, Hallmark Channel hasn't aired this show since then and even announced that they would be cutting all ties with the accused star.
As they pulled the show off the air, they have been re-editing most episodes from season 6 so that Loughlin — who plays Abigail Stanton, the mayor of Hope Valley — was not featured anywhere on the show.
However, the fans are still uncertain over the fate of the character as neither the producers nor Hallmark Channel has commented on how the character will be handled throughout the season.
When Calls the Heart also stars Jack Wagner, Martin Cummins, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Chris McNally, Loretta Walsh, and Kevin McGarry.
Not just Lori, but her husband-fashion designer Mossimo Gianulli was also involved in the case. The prosecutors said that many parents paid bribes in order to ensure their child gets admission into top universities in the US.
Loughlin’s eldest daughter had been applying for colleges in 2016, and federal prosecutors have claimed that the daughter got admission into University of Southern California, after the parents reportedly paid a massive bribe to the college authorities.
They have also alleged that Lori and her husband did the same for their other daughter, who enrolled in USC last fall, reports Washington Post.
The parents involved in the case were all charged with conspiracy to commit mail and honest services mail fraud. Meanwhile, none of their children were charged in the scandal.
Although the jail time that Lori could face is still uncertain, many media publications have said she could face 5 years in prison. While several other reports claim that if found guilty, she could see herself facing a maximum of 20 years in prison.
However, a few other media reports also claim that the chances of Lori going to prison are very slim. “As far as the Hollywood folks that we’ve been talking about…the chances that they actually see jail time is low,” NBC News investigative reporter Tom Winter was quoted as saying by NPR. “There’s no violent crime associated with it, there’s no other broader crime that they committed beyond this."