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  • Debuted on: April 2, 1956
  • Last Live Episode: November 28, 1975
  • Last Episode: December 28, 1984
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    (News section last updated May 9, 2019)

    This Close Season 2

    (5/9/19) The dramedy This Close will return for Season 2 with two back-to-back episodes on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 9 pm PT/midnight ET on SundanceTV. The rest of the eight-episode season will unspool with double installments on Friday, Sept. 13, Thursday, Sept. 19 and Friday, Sept. 20. Guest stars include Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Steven Weber (iZombie), Austin Nichols (The Walking Dead), Lisa Rinna (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva) and Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place).

    Lori Loughlin May Score Not Guilty Verdict with Help of USC Crew Poster

    (5/8/19) Lori Loughlin may have gotten an assist in her defense -- good old-fashioned ignorance -- 'cause her daughters almost perfectly fit the mold with how women's rowing teams recruit.

    An ad for the USC women's crew team popped up on campus over the weekend -- and we for sure thought it couldn't have been real ... seeing how tone-deaf it came off and the implications behind it, considering Olivia Jade and Isabella's "no experience."

    Well ... turns out, the poster is real because we've been educated on how USC women's rowing teams work when it comes to recruiting walk-ons and the like.

    A USC alum who was actually a coxswain at the university tells us women's rowing teams often recruit potential teammates who have zero experience in the sport -- which is kinda what Olivia Jade and Isabella were coming to the table with.

    Typically, the way it works is that you already have to be a student to qualify for the team ... it's not for some random people on the street who want in at USC.

    But, here's the thing ... in Lori's case, prosecutors have to prove criminal intent to seal a conviction. Sources connected with Lori's defense claim Lori didn't know the $500k payoff was shady, even if the plan was to pretend her daughters were crew-team ready. The poster would seem to help Lori and her husband, both of whom are charged with multiple felonies, because crew experience doesn't seem to be essential.

    Prosecutors are trying to squeeze Lori and her husband to cop a plea, but our sources say their lawyers believe they have a real shot at getting a not guilty verdict if push comes to shove.

    Lori Loughlin, Mossimo's College Bribery Scandal Defense -- We Didn't Know

    (4/24/19) Lori Loughlin and her husband had no idea college bribery mastermind Rick Singer was going to grease the palm of a USC coach to get their daughter into USC ... sources familiar with the case tell TMZ.

    Our sources say ... lawyers for Lori and Mossimo Giannulli didn't take a plea early on because they believe they have a solid defense on several fronts. First, ringleader Rick Singer did not tell them how he would use the $500k to get their daughters into the school. Fact ... they were aware Rick Singer wanted pics of the girls on a rowing machine, but they say that doesn't mean they knew the end game.

    It's true ... knowledge and intent are key elements to proving bribery, and we're told Lori and Mossimo's lawyers are making that a centerpiece of their defense ... their only intent is to generally get their daughters into USC by using a "facilitator" who got hundreds of other students into colleges.

    One big problem ... according to the complaint, Giannulli -- not Loughlin -- sent at least $100k directly to the assistant athletic director.

    And, we're told, they have a more basic defense ... colleges have horse-traded with relatives of prospective students for decades ... e.g., fund the wing of a school building and your child will miraculously get accepted. It's not only been tolerated by many schools ... it's aggressively encouraged by some of the schools, and parents know it.

    A former USC assistant coach is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges in connection with the scandal. The former coach, Laura Janke, allegedly made it appear Olivia Jade was on the rowing team.

    Lori Loughlin, hubby in new Examgate court gambit

    (4/24/19) Full House co-star Lori Loughlin wants the charges against her and her husband put on ice until they see what the prosecution has up its sleeve.

    According to the New York Daily News, Loughlin — the leading lady in the college admissions scandal — along with her husband and 15 other defendants is asking a judge to suspend “substantive motions” until a June 3 status conference.

    Loughlin and fashion designer hubby Mossimo Giannulli are accused of coughing up $500,000 in bribes to grease their two daughters into the University of Southern California (USC) — as members of the rowing crew. The daughters don’t row.

    Other well-heeled parents allegedly did the same through bribes and fixing tests.

    “At present, the defendants have not yet received any discovery in this case and have been told by the government that it is extremely voluminous,” the new filing in federal court in Boston states.

    “Defendants would like an opportunity to review discovery in a meaningful way before filing of substantive motions in this case.”

    It adds: “Litigating substantive motions in a piecemeal fashion and before defendants have an opportunity to become familiar with the government’s evidence could substantially prejudice the defendants’ ability to make proper legal arguments to contest the allegations.”

    Loughlin also lives in terror that her two precious daughters may be forced to testify.

    A pal told People that the actress is “feeling pressure” to take a deal.

    “Lori will not do anything to put her daughters in harm’s way,” the friend said.

    “She is like a mama bear when it comes to the girls, and she will do whatever she has to do to protect them from prosecution, especially malicious prosecution. Her top priority in all of this is to protect her daughters.”

    Sources have also told the New York Post that the relationship between Loughlin and her husband is ice cold. She reportedly blames him for the fiasco.

    Loughlin and Gianulli, along with 31 other parents, were arrested last month.

    Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and 12 other parents agreed to plead guilty earlier this month to cut their prison sentences.

    Loughlin and her husband apparently thought federal prosecutors were “bluffing.”

    “These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said last month. “All of them knowingly conspired.”

    Lori Loughlin, husband Mossimo Giannulli plead not guilty in college scam

    (4/16/19) Actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli and other prominent parents are pleading not guilty in the college admissions bribery scam.

    Loughlin and Giannulli said in court documents filed Monday they are waiving their right to appear in court for an arraignment and plead not guilty.

    The couple and more than a dozen other parents were indicted last week on charges of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

    Loughlin and Giannulli are charged with paying US$500,000 in bribes to get their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as crew recruits, even though neither is a rower.

    They haven’t publicly addressed the allegations against them.

    Several other indicted parents have also entered not guilty pleas.

    Fellow actress Felicity Huffman and 12 other parents have agreed to plead guilty.

    Lori Loughlin ‘concerned’ about how guilty plea would affect daughters

    (4/9/19) Lori Loughlin is “very concerned” about how a guilty plea in the college admissions scandal would affect her daughters’ reputations–and their feelings about their mom, according to a new report.

    The public perception of Loughlin’s alleged scam is “nothing compared to what her daughters think of her. So that is something that has understandably made her less likely to enter a plea,” an unnamed source told People.

    Loughlin and her designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are charged with paying $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as fake recruits for the crew team. They were indicted this week in a federal Massachusetts court on conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

    Youngest daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, a popular YouTube vlogger, is reportedly “barely speaking” to her parents in the wake of the scandal, according to previous reports.

    She has been staying with friends in Los Angeles instead of her parents’ Bel Air mansion, the accounts say.

    Loughlin is hesitant to take any plea deal that would result in prison time and has struggled to grasp the seriousness of the charges, according to the People source.

    “It’s just taking some time for it to sink in that what she was allegedly doing could be considered illegal,” the source said. “To her, it wasn’t egregious behavior. Was it entitled and perhaps selfish? Perhaps. But she didn’t see it as being a legal violation.”

    Loughlin “felt that she hadn’t done anything that any mom wouldn’t have done, if they had the means to do so,” the People source said. “So this wasn’t her being obstinate; this was her truly not understanding the seriousness of the allegations.”

    Lori Loughlin Hit With Additional Money Laundering Charge In College Bribery Scheme

    (4/9/19) One day after Felicity Huffman entered a guilty plea in the elite schools admission case, Lori Loughlin has been seen a new money laundering charge added to her indictment.

    The move by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts heightens the stakes for the actor and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, both of whom are out on a $1,000,000 bail bond. Having appeared in federal court in Boston last week, the new charge indicates that the vice is tightening as the couple are not seeking a deal with the government, yet.

    The UTA-repped Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Giannulli were part of a yearlong investigation that also snared American Crime star Huffman and more than 30 other parents. The couple are accused of paying “bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” according to the 200-page indictment announced Tuesday.

    The indictments made public on March 12 saw 50 people charged in the $25 million nationwide scam by William Singer and his phony Key Worldwide Foundation. The plan was to grease some palms to fast-track the kids of the wealthy including Huffman and Loughlin to top schools with fake athletic credentials or phony SAT scores.

    Among the 33 wealthy parents arrested, Huffman and Loughlin are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, according to the unsealed indictment. The elite schools caught up in the scandal are USC, UCLA, Yale Georgetown, Stanford, University of San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin and Wake Forest University.

    That initial charge could see the actors and others facing a maximum of 20 years behind bars, if found guilty. Law enforcement sources last week told Deadline that they were determined to seek some prison time for the defendants, including the two actors.

    The new money laundering conspiracy charge added to Loughlin’s docket in the second superseding indictment on Tuesday “provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the money laundering,” says federal prosecutors.

    Along with Loughlin and Giannulli, STX Entertainment and Evolution Media co-founder Bill McGlashan was also slapped with the damning new money laundering charge

    Taken into custody on March 13 , the Aunt Becky of Full House and now Fuller House fame was arraigned before Judge Steve Kim in DTLA later that same day. Like her husband, Loughlin saw her travel restricted only within the continental U.S. ahead of the April 4 hearing in Boston.

    Unlike Giannulli and Huffman, who was released on a $250,000 bail bond last month, Loughlin reluctantly was initially granted the ability to travel to Vancouver for work on the multiple Hallmark projects she had signed on for.

    Fired from the Crown Media-owned outlet on March 14, that additional travel allowance now seems irrelevant in the big picture of her legal woes.

    Lori Loughlin fans chant ‘Free Aunt Becky!’ outside courthouse

    (4/4/19) Two college students said they left campus on Wednesday to support Lori Loughlin outside the Boston federal courthouse — but not because they think she’s been wrongly accused in the college admissions scam.

    Lianna Ferrara, 20, and Alyssa Stevens, 21, said happy childhood memories of watching Loughlin on the ABC family sitcom “Full House” led them to make paper masks of her face and chant “Free Aunt Becky!” while waiting for the actress to arrive.

    “We don’t condone what she did,” Ferrara said.

    Ferrara and Stevens both said they spent hours studying for the SAT and ACT exams to win admission to Boston’s Bentley University, where they’re juniors studying finance and marketing, respectively.

    Stevens said the $500,000 scheme, in which Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly got their daughters fraudulently recruited as crew team prospects to USC, “took people’s places who worked for it, who deserved it.”

    Ferrara noted that younger daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli “didn’t even want to go to college.”

    “I’m graduating with a quarter-million dollars in debt,” fumed Stevens.

    “Yes, it’s not OK what she did, but it’s how the world works. The wealthy get ahead.”

    The pals also said they’d been “getting hate all day” for publicly supporting Loughlin.

    They were among about 20 young women who gathered outside the courthouse and watched Loughlin’s hearing on a video monitor in an “overflow” room for people who couldn’t fit into the courtroom.

    Afterward, they greeted her with screams of “We love you, Lori!” as she left with her husband.

    One woman also held a sign saying, “Aunt Becky can you pay our tuition?”

    Lori Loughlin & Felicity Huffman Face Judge in College Bribery Case

    (4/3/19) Felicity Huffman ?has just arrived to face a judge for her involvement in the massive college bribery scandal.

    The "Desperate Housewives" actress appeared in a federal courthouse in Boston Wednesday where she -- along with other parents including Lori Loughlin -- will reportedly know more about the conditions of their release.

    11:03 AM PT -- Lori Loughlin just showed up to the Boston courthouse, and was quick to get inside. She avoided answering any questions from reporters, but was also met by some fans cheering, waving, and carrying Lori cutouts with them.

    Lori gave a quick wave before marching into court.

    12:01 PM -- Lori and Mossimo have just appeared before a judge and both have surrendered their passports. The actress reportedly said hi to the prosecuting team, smiled and shook their hands. Lori and Mossimo are now done with their part of Wednesday's hearing.

    12:11 PM -- Felicity's also gone up before a judge and said she understood the seriousness of the charges. She had already surrendered her passport. So with that, she's also done. That was fast.

    Prosecutors want jail time for Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin

    (4/3/19) Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman could cut plea bargains if they want 'em -- but they wouldn't be getting off easy ... because prosecutors want prison time, TMZ has learned.

    Federal law enforcement sources tell TMZ, any plea would come with a recommendation by prosecutors that the actresses serve some time behind bars. The official told us, "You can't have people being treated differently because they have money. That's how we got to this place. Every defendant will be treated the same."

    Prosecutors will not have the final word if the cases are plea bargained. The U.S. Attorney would make a recommendation to the judge, but the judge has the final word.

    Lori and Felicity each face a maximum of 5 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

    Our sources say it is "likely" plea bargain discussions will begin, but we're told no plea deal has been made.

    Lori and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have been accused of paying ringleader Rick Singer $500,000 to get their daughters into USC by falsely claiming they would participate in the crew team.

    Felicity is accused of paying Singer $15,000 to rig her daughter's SAT test.

    50 people have been charged in the alleged scams, and we're told more indictments are expected.

    Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Gianulli ‘very stressed’ ahead of court date

    (3/30/19) Accused college admissions scammers Lori Loughlin and husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are “very stressed out” ahead of their day in court next week to face charges that they they bribed their daughters’ ways into the University of Southern California, a report said.

    Loughlin and Giannulli “can’t wait for the court hearing next week to be done with,” a source told People magazine. “It’s very hard for them to think about other things right now.”

    The 54-year-old “Full House” star and her 55-year-old designer husband — who are ordered to appear at Boston federal court on April 3 — were among 50 wealthy families and celebrities indicted for allegedly paying schemers to help their kids get into top schools. Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to have their daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 20, admitted into USC as fake recruits for the crew team.

    The younger Giannulli, a YouTube-famous vlogger, reportedly blames her parents for “ruining her career” and has been staying with her model boyfriend in Malibu, while her parents are holed up in the family’s Bel Air home.

    “She is definitely upset with her parents. This wasn’t her idea,” the source told People, adding that the Loughlin-Giannullis are losing friends over the scandal.

    “Lori and Mossimo are finding out quickly who their real friends are,” the mag’s source said. “It’s not like they are the victims of a crime. They are the crime. Many of their friends don’t want to be associated with them right now.”

    Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose are still enrolled at USC, according to a report, but haven’t been seen on campus since Loughlin was arrested March 13.

    ‘Fuller House’ Sisterhood Supports Lori Loughlin At Kids’ Choice Awards

    (3/24/19) (Video) The Fuller House cast apparently isn’t going to abandon a family member in times of trouble. Last night, the show’s Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin accepted the Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Funny TV Show at Nickelodeon’s 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards and gave support to embattled cast member Lori Loughlin, noting “Family sticks together no matter what.”

    Loughlin is in legal hot water over a college bribery scandal, and has lost work on the Hallmark Channel and other projects as a result. She played Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis on the ABC sitcom Full House from 1988-1995, and reprised the role in its Netflix sequel Fuller House from 2016-2019. No final decision has been announced by Netflix on whether she’ll be allowed to continue in the show’s upcoming final season.

    “Family sticks together no matter what,” Cameron Bure said from the awards stage, not mentioning Loughlin by name. “They stick together through the hard times. They support each other, they encourage one another, they pray for each other and they stand by their side no matter how tough it gets. And a loving family that sticks together also celebrates the really good times together.”

    Sweetin then added: “Yes, and this is one of those good times,” and thanked the fans for 30 years of support.

    Watch the acceptance speech above.

    Lori Loughlin allegedly agreed to deceive IRS about college bribes

    (3/22/19) Lori Loughlin allegedly agreed to lie to the IRS that the $500,000 she and her husband paid to bribe their two daughters’ way into college was just “donations.”

    The former “Full House” star was caught scheming with admitted college admissions scammer William “Rick” Singer in a secretly recorded phone conversation on Nov. 29, according to the criminal complaint filed last week.

    At the behest of federal investigators, Singer tells Loughlin, 54, that his charity KWF is being audited by the IRS and that he’s already alerted her fashion designer hubby, Mossimo Giannulli.

    “I told Moss already and I wanted to make sure that you knew, as well, if they happened to call you, is that nothing has been said about the girls, your donations helping the girls get into USC to do … crew even though they didn’t do crew,” Singer tells her.

    “So we — so we just — so we just have to say we made a donation to your foundation and that’s it, end of story,” Loughlin replies.

    Loughlin and Giannulli are among 50 people charged in the widespread scam in which kids fraudulently gained admission to some of the top schools in the country, either by cheating on their college admissions tests or as fake athletic recruits.

    The couple is accused of paying Singer $500,000 to get both their daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli, into the University of Southern California as competitive rowing recruits — even though neither girl participated in the sport.

    Other parents nabbed for allegedly paying bribes include “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman.

    Fuller House: Lori Loughlin Not Expected Back for Final Season

    (3/15/19) Have mercy? Maybe not when it comes to Lori Loughlin‘s status on Fuller House‘s farewell season, in the wake of the actress being indicted for her alleged role in a wide-ranging college admissions bribery scheme.

    As Hallmark Channel plots a future without the star of its wholesome When Calls the Heart drama and Garage Sale Mystery TV-movie series, sources tell TVLine that there are currently no plans for the embattled Loughlin to reprise her role as Aunt Becky during Fuller House‘s fifth and final season, which has yet to start production and will premiere on Netflix this fall.

    A star of progenitor Full House, Loughlin guest-starred on the Warner Bros. TV-produced follow-up during its first four seasons, the most recent of which hit Netflix in December. Crown Media announced on Thursday that it had “stopped development of all productions” involving Loughlin, after which Hallmark Channel pulled the March 17 episode of When Calls the Heart from its lineup, as it considers “creative options” for the well-performing series moving forward.

    Loughlin turned herself over to authorities on March 13 after being indicted for allegedly taking part in a large scheme involving parents who paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their kids into elite colleges, including Yale and Georgetown. Loughlin, her husband Mossimo Giannulli and dozens of other parents — including Desperate Housewives alumna Felicity Huffman — allegedly bribed college entrance-exam administrators (to allow cheating on the tests) and university athletic coaches (to designate school applicants as athletic recruits, regardless of their athletic ability or experience playing a sport).

    Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly paid a total of $500,000 so that their two daughters would be designated as recruits to the University of Southern California’s crew team, though neither girl participated in the sport.

    Loughlin was released from custody on $1 million bail, with a judge ruling that she could travel for work as long as she informs the court where she’s going and how long she’ll be away.

    Lori Loughlin’s daughters drop out of USC after admissions scandal

    (3/15/19) Lori Loughlin‘s daughters are dropping out of the University of Southern California — because they’re afraid of being bullied over the massive college admissions scam that has left them feeling like “a mess,” a report said Thursday.

    Olivia Jade, 19, and her sister, 20-year-old Isabella Rose, have decided to withdraw from USC days after their parents, “Fuller House” star Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were charged for allegedly paying the girls’ way into the school, TMZ reported.

    One source told the gossip website the girls worry they’ll be “viciously bullied” if they return to school.

    Their parents, who are out on $1 million bond each, fully support the decision, the report said.

    Olivia Jade — who said last year she didn’t “really care about school” but wanted the “experience” of “partying” — was aboard the yacht of a USC board of trustees member on spring break when her mom was charged in the scheme Tuesday.

    Since then she has been “a mess, despondent and feeling like it’s the end of the world,” a source told the website.

    Olivia Jade and her sister reportedly didn’t even want to attend USC but their father wanted them to get “into a school other than [Arizona State University],” according to court paper.

    They allegedly paid $500,000 to get the girls into USC by pretending the sisters were competitive rowing recruits.

    To pull off the alleged scam, Giannulli had to send plot mastermind William “Rick” Singer a photo of Isabella on a rowing machine, court papers alleged.

    The sisters now plan to “lay low” and won’t try to enroll into another school for a while, TMZ said.

    Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin & Bill McGlashan Hit With $500M Suit Over Elite Colleges Bribery Scheme

    (3/15/19) As the fallout from the nationwide elite college bribery scheme continues, the indicted Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin and STX Entertainment co-founder Bill McGlashan have all been hit today in a multi-million dollar lawsuit from one very angry mother.

    That’s “no less than $500,000,000.00” angry to be specific

    “Joshua applied to some of the colleges where the cheating took place and did not get in,” says award winning former Oakland school teacher Jennifer Kay Toy of her 4.2 graduating son. “Joshua and I beleived that he’d had a fair chance just like all other applicants but did not make the cut for some undisclosed reason,” Toy adds in the multi-claim fraud class action filed in a San Francisco court (read it here), with a hard tone that not even the filing can hide.

    Filed yesterday, the class action doesn’t just go after the American Crime star, the Fuller House actor and the managing partner of TPG Growth but all the 30 other parents and more indicted and arrested this week in the “Operation Varsity Blues” bust. Like the other parents, Huffman, Loughlin, the Garage Sale Mysteries actor’s fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli and now ex-STX board member McGlashan are being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, according to the unsealed indictment.

    The Desperate Housewives and Fuller House actors were named among a well-heeled group who paid millions in bribes to to a William Singer-topped Key Worldwide Foundation fake non-profit and coaches at top schools like UCLA, USC, Yale Georgetown and Stanford, so their children could gain admission as recruited athletes – even if they weren’t actually athletes.

    Posing as “donations” from the parents, the money allegedly funded illegal activity at the nonprofit included hiring other individuals to write admission exams for the potential students and bribing officials to alter SAT and ACT test scores. Revealing everything to prosecutors, Singer pleaded guilty on March 12 to racketeering and other charges in the RICO Act fueled investigation. A number of top college coaches also entered guilty pleas.

    Huffman, Giannulli and McGlashan were among the LA-locals arrested and arraigned on March 12 too. Though he appears in the indictment, Huffman’s Shameless star husband William H. Macy was not named as a defendant in the matter.

    Out of town filming a now-defunct Hallmark Channel project on the day of the initial arrests and court appearances, Loughlin was before a federal judge yesterday. Like her husband, the actor was granted $1 million bail bond and set to appear in a Boston federal court on March 29. As Macy looked on from the public gallery, Huffman was released on a $250,000 bail on March 12.

    The other schools mentioned in the fed’s March 6 indictment are the University of San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin and Wake Forest University. In announcing the indictments, Andrew Lelling, U.S. District Attorney of Massachusetts, noted that, “The schools are not considered co-conspirators.” But some college coaches and one administrator — USC senior associate athletic director Dr. Donna Heinel — have been indicted.

    “I’m now aware of the massive cheating scandal wherein wealthy people conspired with people in positions of power and authority at colleges in order to allow their children to gain access to the very colleges that Joshua was rejected from,” Toy says in language that is much kinder than many parents have been using since the the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts made the indictments of 33 parents, college coaches and administrators public on March 12.

    “I’m not a wealthy person, but even if l were wealthy l would not have engaged in the heainous and dispicable actions of defendants, the ex-public school teacher declares in the paperwork placed in the court docket by LA lawyer Daniel King. “I’m outraged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough but because wealthy individuals felt that it was ok to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children’s way into a good college.”

    Unlikely to be the last such lawsuit to be filed in the coming week and months out of this sprawling conspiracy, Jennifer Kay Toy’s action is in parallel with one kicked off by others too.

    Claiming the top college admission’s system is”warped and rigged by fraud,” a group of parents and students have launched a class action suit (read it here) against Singer himself, USC, UCLA and other schools named in “Operation Varsity Blues.” Stanford student Kalea Woods, community college student Tyler Bendis and his mother, Julia, Erica Olsen, Rutgers student Nicholas James Johnson and his father, James, Lauren Fidelak and her mother Keri want “compensatory damages in an amount which is fair and reasonable to compensate the Plaintiffs and the Class Members.”

    Get ready for more.

    When Calls the Heart Episode Pulled at Hallmark After Lori Loughlin Firing

    (3/15/19) Hallmark Channel has opted to pull the March 17 episode of When Calls the Heart from its lineup, in the wake of star Lori Loughlin‘s ongoing legal trouble.

    “We are no longer airing the episode on March 17, but we are not cancelling the show,” a representative for Crown Media, Hallmark’s parent company, told our sister site Variety. “The show is one of our best performers in the Sunday night slot, and we are exploring all sorts of creative options moving forward.”

    Crown Media also announced on Thursday that it has fully severed ties with Loughlin and has halted development of all projects that involved the actress, including the third-party production Garage Sale Mysteries.

    Some background: Loughlin turned herself over to authorities on March 13 after being indicted for allegedly taking part in a large scheme involving parents who paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their kids into elite universities, including Yale and Georgetown. Loughlin, her husband Mossimo Giannulli and dozens of other parents — including Desperate Housewives alumna Felicity Huffman — allegedly bribed college entrance-exam administrators to allow cheating on the tests and university athletic coaches to designate school applicants as athletic recruits, regardless of their athletic ability or experience playing a sport.

    Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly paid a total of $500,000 so that their two daughters would be designated as recruits to the University of Southern California’s crew team, though neither girl participated in the sport. Loughlin was released from custody on $1 million bail, with a judge ruling that she could travel for work as long as she informs the court where she’s going and how long she’ll be away.

    The embattled actress portrays coal mine widow Abigail Stanton on When Calls the Heart, which is in the midst of its sixth season. The pulled installment, titled “Heart of a Mountie,” would have found Abigail and Erin Krakow’s Elizabeth surprised by the early arrival of a new Mountie in Hope Valley.

    Lori Loughlin Fired From All Hallmark Projects Over College Cheating Scandal

    (3/14/19) Lori Loughlin‘s future (or lack thereof) with Hallmark has been decided. Crown Media will no longer be working with the actress — who is currently a series regular on the popular period drama When Calls the Heart, among other projects.

    “We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” reads a statement obtained by TVLine. “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.”

    Some background: Loughlin turned herself over to authorities on March 13 after being indicted for allegedly taking part in a large scheme involving parents who paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their kids into elite colleges, including Harvard and Yale. Loughlin, her husband Mossimo Giannulli and dozens of other parents — including Desperate Housewives alumna Felicity Huffman — allegedly bribed college entrance-exam administrators to allow cheating on the tests and university athletic coaches to designate school applicants as athletic recruits, regardless of their athletic ability or experience playing a sport.

    Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly paid a total of $500,000 so that their two daughters would be designated as recruits to the University of Southern California’s crew team, though neither girl participated in the sport. Loughlin was released from custody on $1 million bail, with a judge ruling that she could travel for work as long as she informs the court where she’s going and how long she’ll be away. She’s currently in the midst of making the Hallmark Channel’s latest Garage Sale Mystery movie, which is being filmed in Vancouver.

    Fans of Loughlin’s work with Hallmark have been extremely vocal since news of her alleged involvement in the bribery scandal became public. Viewers have since flooded Hallmark’s social media channels, calling for her firing. “@LoriLoughlin shows or movies will no longer be played in my home,” wrote one angry fan on Instagram. “Should have hired her children a tutor and taught them better study habits.” Another added, “Personally, I don’t want to see her ever on Hallmark Channel again and it would be extremely disappointing to see Crown Media ignore her gross dishonesty.”

    In addition to her work on these Hallmark projects, Loughlin also recurs on Netflix’s Fuller House, which was recently renewed for a fifth and final season. TVLine has reached out to Warner Bros. TV for comment about Loughlin’s future (or lack thereof) on the family sitcom.

    Sephora cuts ties with Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade

    (3/14/19) Following backlash caused by her mother Lori Loughlin’s alleged involvement in a high-profile college admissions cheating scandal, Sephora has severed all ties with the “Fuller House” star’s influencer daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli.

    “After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” the beauty retailer announced in a statement on Thursday.

    In addition to sharing paid advertisements for Sephora with her 1.4 million Instagram followers and nearly 2 million YouTube subscribers, 19-year-old Giannulli also launched her Olivia Jade x Sephora Bronze & Illuminate Palette in collaboration with the company back in December. In the wake of the bribery scandal, shoppers flooded the product’s reviews section with scathing commentary, calls for Sephora to stop working with Giannulli and boycott threats.

    The palette’s page has since been scrubbed from Sephora’s website entirely.

    As Page Six previously reported, the beauty retailer’s decision to drop Giannulli could cost the teen a pretty penny, as she may have been raking in up to $50,000 per sponsored social media post. She’s also worked with brands including Amazon, TRESemmé, Smile Direct and more, and it remains to be seen whether those companies will cut ties with Giannulli as well.

    Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 to ensure both their daughters’ admission at the University of Southern California by pretending they were crew athletes. While a total of 50 people have been busted for participating in the headline-making scam, no students have been formally charged.

    Lori Loughlin Released on $1 Million Bail, Allowed to Travel for Work

    (3/13/19) Lori Loughlin may be able to continue filming her various shows despite her arrest on Wednesday for alleged mail fraud as part of a college admissions bribery scheme.

    According to an indictment filed on Tuesday by the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, the actress, her husband Mossimo Giannulli and dozens of other parents — including Desperate Housewives vet Felicity Huffman — allegedly bribed college entrance-exam administrators to allow cheating on the tests and university athletic coaches to designate school applicants as athletic recruits, regardless of athletic ability or experience playing a sport. Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly paid a total of $500,000 so that their two daughters would be designated as recruits to the University of Southern California’s crew team, though neither girl participated in the sport.

    Loughlin surrendered to authorities on Wednesday after returning to Los Angeles from Vancouver, British Columbia, where she is shooting the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. According to our sister site Variety, she was released on $1 million bail, with Judge Steve Kim reluctantly allowing the actress to travel as long as the court is aware of her destination and length of stay.

    Loughlin’s attorney Marc Harris noted that the actress is under contract for two additional projects filming in Vancouver in April and May, as well as production on a series beginning in July. In addition to her starring role in When Calls the Heart, Loughlin also headlines the Garage Sale Mysteries franchise on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. (Loughlin also recurs on Netflix’s Fuller House, which films in Los Angeles.)

    Hallmark’s parent company told Variety, “Crown Media Family Networks is aware of the situation and monitoring developments as they arise.”

    Lori Loughlin on pushing her kids in 2017 interview: ‘We were never those parents’

    (3/13/19) Lori Loughlin admitted that her daughters were feeling pressured before she and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly bribed USC to let their children in.

    “You know, I don’t ever do, I never pushed my kids to — I always say, ‘Do the best you can,’” the actress told Page Six in a 2017 interview.

    “For my husband too, their dad, never we were never like, ‘At school you got to get straight A’s.’ We were never those parents. We were always like, ‘You know what? Give it your all. Do the best you can ’cause in life if you give it your all and you do the best you can, that’s it. That’s all you can do.’ And that’s enough, in my opinion, especially with kids. I think we’ve put so much pressure and stress on them. A lot of it is unnecessary and I think it’s important to just have downtime, free time. I never over-scheduled my kids. Never. I always gave them plenty of time to just sit in their playroom and, you know, use their imaginations.”

    Isabella Rose, her older daughter, agreed with her mom’s sentiments in the video.

    Prosecutors revealed on Tuesday that they planned to indicted more than 40 people in the “largest college admissions scam ever,” with Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, on their list.

    The couple allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” according to the court documents.

    Ironically, Loughlin gushed over 20-year-old Isabella Rose and 19-year-old Olivia Jade’s acceptances in a “Today” show interview after the scheme was successful.

    Giannulli appeared in court on his conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud charges Tuesday, while Loughlin was expected to surrender on her charges Wednesday. She was filming in Vancouver when the feds came looking for her.

    Indicted Lori Loughlin Surrenders To Cops; Court Hearing Today For Elite School Bribery Scheme

    (3/13/19) Lori Loughlin has surrendered to law enforcement for her role in the multi-million-dollar elite college bribery scheme and will appear in federal court in downtown L.A. this afternoon.

    Filming the Hallmark Channel series When The Heart Calls in Vancouver yesterday when initial arrests were made by the FBI in the nationwide conspiracy case, Loughlin flew back into LAX just as her husband Mossimo Giannulli was making his own appearance in arraignment court.

    The famed Aunt Becky of Full House and now Fuller House fame is expected to stand before a federal magistrate judge at around 2:00 PM PT, I’ve learned.

    In a year-long investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office, the UTA-repped Loughlin and Giannulli were snared after being caught paying “bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” according to the 200-page indictment.

    Along with American Crime star Felicity Huffman and STX Entertainment and Evolution Media co-founder Bill McGlashan, Loughlin and Giannulli were named among a group of 33 parents who paid millions in bribes to coaches at top schools like UCLA, USC, Yale Georgetown and Stanford, so their children could gain admission as recruited athletes – even if they weren’t actually athletes.

    Like her fashion designer spouse, Huffman and a dozen other LA-locals rounded up Tuesday, Loughlin will not enter a plea but will be expected to set a bail bond.

    The actor will also be given a primary hearing date to next appear in federal court in Boston, where the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts is running point on the big bucks white collar crime case that has snared 50 people in total and numerous big names schools like Yale, Stanford.

    At his quick hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alexander F. MacKinnon yesterday, a noticeably fatigued Giannulli put up a $1 million bail bond and had his passport taken away. With his travel restricted to the continental U.S., the designer was told to show up in Boston on March 29 for his next hearing in the case.

    At the time, Giannulli’s lawyer Mark Harris sought to bring up the matter of the absent Loughlin. Also representing the actor, the attorney wanted to ensure more flexible conditions for Loughlin so she could continue to work up in Canada Judge MacKinnon said that sounded OK to him but the final call would be made “be another magistrate.” As well as Loughlin’s bail bond sum, the decision on her travel restrictions will be decided at today’s hearing.

    As well as her frequent Hallmark gigs, Loughlin is set to appear in her well-known role of Rebecca Katsopoli in the upcoming fifth and final season of Netflix’s Fuller House when it launches on the streamer later this year. Neither Netflix nor Loughlin’s agency UTA had any comment on the actor’s indictment and now arrest.

    This whole case actually came to light because the feds were tipped off in the pursuit of another case.

    In pursuing the lead, the government uncovered a long-time a $25 million scam run by the William Singer-topped Key Worldwide Foundation. The money, collected by the nonprofit as “donations” from parents, allegedly funded illegal activity including hiring other individuals to write admission exams for potential students, paying officials to alter test scores, and bribing coaches so their children could gain admission as recruited athletes even if they had never played the sport. Reportedly giving up the goods on the whole scam, Singer and several coaches from top schools entered guilty pleas on March 12.

    Among those charged in the March 6 indictment, Loughlin could be sentenced to at up to five years in jail if found guilty. Having said that, the hard fact of justice in America is it will be very unlikely the wealthy actor will see any tactual time behind bars if a plea deal is struck or sentencing is favored heavily towards probation, community service, and a fine.

    Lori Loughlin gushed over daughter’s entrance to college on ‘Today’

    (3/12/19) Two years before Lori Loughlin was charged with bribing her children’s way into college, she gushed about sending her oldest child off to school on the “Today” show and how she was “preparing” for her departure.

    “So many parents watching I’m sure are going through this where they’re about to watch a child go off to college… are you preparing for it in any other way?” Hoda Kotb asked Loughlin as she sat beside her daughter Isabella whose grades were at or just below the “low end” of USC’s admission standards, court documents revealed Tuesday.

    “I think I’m in complete denial, I really am because when I think about it too much it will make me cry so I gotta stop,” Loughlin said, fanning away crocodile tears.

    “My husband keeps saying, ‘Lori you’re not gonna see her so just be prepared.’”

    In a veiled “clap back” to the alleged fraudster, “Today” tweeted out the interview around 5 p.m. Tuesday shortly after news broke that Loughlin was planning to turn herself in on the fraud charges.

    “See Lori Loughlin talk about sending her daughter to college in 2017 interview,” the tweet read.

    Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are among dozens of people accused of bribing their kids way into top colleges in a massive admissions scandal that was announced Tuesday morning.

    The couple first got involved with the scheme in 2016 with their daughter Isabella, who appeared in the 2017 interview and discussed her hopes to study acting at the prestigious California school.

    Court documents allege Isabella’s grades didn’t cut USC’s standards and Giannulli wanted her to get into a school “other than [Arizona State University],” so he enlisted the help of William Singer, who is accused of running the scam.

    The dad allegedly sent a photo of Isabella on a rowing machine to smooth over the scheme to get her into USC as a crew coxswain even though she had never rowed competitively or even participated in the sport, court papers alleged.

    Representatives from Loughlin and her husband haven’t responded to requests for comment.

    Felicity Huffman Arrested by FBI with Guns Drawn, Loughlin to Surrender Wed

    (3/12/19) 5:28 PM PT -- Multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Lori Loughlin will turn herself in to federal authorities Wednesday morning. The FBI showed up at her doorstep early Tuesday morning, and she was going to receive the same treatment as Felicity. Turns out, Lori was shooting in Vancouver and wasn't there. FBI agents arrested her husband in the college bribery scam, and then made arrangements with Lori's people for her to surrender when she returns to L.A.

    Felicity Huffman knew she was a target of the federal investigation into bribery in the college admissions process ... but she had no idea 7 feds would show up at her door Tuesday morning with guns drawn.

    Sources familiar with the arrest tell TMZ, 7 FBI agents showed up at Felicity's Hollywood Hills home at 6 AM and drew their weapons as they ordered Felicity to come out and surrender.

    We're told Felicity, her husband William H. Macy and their 2 daughters were asleep when the agents ordered her out. Our sources say she knew the arrest was looming and would have gladly surrendered on her own, but the feds saw it differently.

    An FBI source familiar with the arrest tells TMZ guns were drawn as a precaution. It's always left to the agents' discretion whether to draw a firearm during an arrest.

    The agents took Huffman to a federal building where she was processed by federal marshals.

    As we reported, Huffman was indicted for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The indictment claims Huffman made a charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter. The indictment claims the daughter was given twice the amount of time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterward.

    The docs claim the girl got a 1420 score ... approximately 400 points over her PSAT.

    Felicity Huffman Arrested In Elite College Bribe Scheme; Lori Loughlin & Others Charged – Update

    (3/12/19) 2nd UPDATE with more details, 12:30 PM: Felicity Huffman was arrested this morning by law enforcement for her involvement in a bribery scheme to get her and William H. Macy’s daughter into elite colleges.

    When Calls the Heart star and Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin and her spouse, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, also are charged in the nationwide indictment.

    Andrew Lelling, U.S. District Attorney of Massachusetts, called the case “the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.”

    American Crime and Desperate Housewives actor Huffman and Giannulli were taken into custody with 11 other Los Angeles locals today, I’ve learned, as a scathing indictment was unsealed in federal court in Boston. Huffman and the others are expected to appear in downtown L.A. court this afternoon on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

    Despite earlier indications, Loughlin — who also was a regular on such TV series as 90210, Summerland, Hudson Street and Full House — was not arrested this morning.

    Among 33 parents and 17 others under indictment, the charges could see Huffman and Loughlin behind bars for up to five years.

    Maenwhile, at least two other people with ties to the entertainment industry also were caught up in today’s FBI indictments: Jane Buckingham, founder and CEO of the Beverly Hills-based boutique marketing firm Trendera, and Elisabeth Kimmel, owner and president of Midwest Television, which sold the CBS-affiliated San Diego radio and TV outlets KFMB to Tenga last year. Kimmel also worked as a litigation associate at Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp, the law firm whose specialties include movie, TV and music deals.

    PREVIOUSLY, 8:37 AM: (UPDATED with information from law enforcement press conference): Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin knowingly broke the law trying to get their kids into top-tier colleges, according to the FBI and the U.S Attorney’s office for the district of Massachusetts.

    The Desperate Housewives and Fuller House actors were named among a group of 33 parents who paid millions in bribes to coaches at top schools like UCLA, USC, Yale Georgetown and Stanford, so their children could gain admission as recruited athletes – even if they weren’t actually athletes.

    The other schools mentioned in the indictment are the University of San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin and Wake Forest University. In announcing the indictments, Andrew Lelling, U.S. District Attorney of Massachusetts, noted that, “The schools are not considered co-conspirators.” But some college coaches and one administrator — USC senior associate athletic director Dr. Donna Heinel — have been indicted.

    The just-unsealed March 6 indictment (read it here) notes that with the exception of a single USC administrator, the schools themselves were not part of the $25 million scam run by the William Singer-topped Key Worldwide Foundation. Posing as “donations” from the parents, the money allegedly funded illegal activity at the nonprofit included hiring other individuals to write admission exams for the potential students and bribing officials to alter SAT and ACT test scores.

    Singer and a number of school coaches are scheduled to plead guilty today to racketeering and other charges in the year-long elite “Operation Varsity Blues” bust.

    “Today we have charged 33 parents nationwide,” Lelling said. “These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege. They include, for example, CEOs of private and public companies, successful securities and real estate investors, two well-known actresses, a famous fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm.”

    Officially, Huffman and Loughlin are being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, according to the unsealed indictment. It is unclear at this juncture whether the actors have officially been arrested, though warrants have been issued.

    The charges hold as much as five years jail time. However, based on their past records or lack thereof, and what their lawyers will try to get in a plea deal, how much actual time behind bars Huffman and Loughlin could see in sentencing is unclear.

    The 200-page indictment unsealed Tuesday said Huffman and William H. Macy, her husband and Shameless star, “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter.” That fraud included paying an individual who “controlled” a Los Angeles SAT testing center to fix her daughter’s incorrect exam answers. That effort led to a massive increase in the daughter’s SAT score.

    Noting that there are RICO Act obtained tape recordings of the actor participating in the scheme, the filing damningly goes on to note that “Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so.”

    Macy has not been charged by the feds.

    “This should be a warning to others, you can’t pay to play, you can’t lie and cheat to get ahead because you will get caught,” said the Boston FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta in a press conference this morning. U.S, Attorney Andrew Lelling called the matter a “conspiracy nationwide in scope” during the same media appearance.

    “These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege,” the federal prosecutor added. “They include, for example, CEOs of private and public companies, successful securities and real estate investors, two well-known actresses, a famous fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm.”

    “There are more than that, but I’m not prepared to give you a total,” Lelling said too of the ongoing investigation, noting “it remains to be seen whether we charge any of the students.”

    Loughlin and her spouse Mossimo Giannulli “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” asserts the grand jury indictment.

    Giannulli has been charged.

    Reps for Huffman and Loughlin did not return request for comment. Huffman is next expected to be seen on screen in Netflix’s When They See Us. The four-part series formerly known as Central Park Five will be going global on the streamer May 31.

    Netflix had no comment on the matter. Deadline also has reached to out When Calls the Heart network Hallmark Channel.

    USC released this statement on the probe today:

    We are aware of the ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC. USC has not been accused of any wrongdoing and will continue to cooperate fully with the government’s investigation.

    We understand that the government believes that illegal activity was carried out by individuals who went to great lengths to conceal their actions from the university. USC is conducting an internal investigation and will take employment actions as appropriate.

    USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme. Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward.

    Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Indicted in Alleged Ivy League Bribery Scheme

    (3/12/19) Desperate Housewives vet Felicity Huffman and Fuller House‘s Lori Loughlin have been indicted for allegedly taking part in a large scheme involving parents who paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their kids into elite colleges, including Harvard and Yale, TVLine has confirmed. It remains unclear if both actresses are currently in custody. Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, has also been charged.

    The indictment — filed by the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and obtained by TVLine — alleges that Huffman, Loughlin, Giuannulli and 29 other people were involved in the scheme, which bribed college entrance-exam administrators to allow cheating on the tests and university athletic coaches to designate school applicants as athletic recruits, regardless of athletic ability or experience playing a sport. The money for the payments allegedly was funneled through a charity to disguise the wrongdoing.

    Per the indictment, Huffman and husband William H. Macy (who is not referenced by name) paid $15,000 to have someone take the SAT in place of their older daughter, which ultimately resulted in a 1420 SAT score for her. They also allegedly pursued doing the same for their younger daughter, but eventually decided against repeating their involvement in the scheme.

    Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly paid a total of $500,000 so that their two daughters would be designated as recruits to the USC crew team. Neither girl participated in the sport. Athletic recruits have a much better chance of admission than students who are not recruited.

    Other schools involved include Stanford and Georgetown.

    Huffman most recently appeared in Season 2 of Epix’s Get Shorty, and she’ll next be seen in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix miniseries When They See Us, which drops May 31. Loughlin currently stars in Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart, which is airing its sixth season on Sundays at 8 pm. She also recurs on Fuller House.

    TVLine has reached out to reps for Huffman and Loughlin for comment.

    ‘Jane The Novela’: Marcia Cross To Co-Star In The CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ Spinoff Pilot

    (3/7/19) Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has been tapped as a lead opposite Jacqueline Grace Lopez in Jane the Novela, the CW’s Jane the Virgin spinoff pilot. The telenovela anthology series project hails from Jane the Virgin creator/executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman, star Gina Rodriguez, exec producers Ben Silverman and director Brad Silberling, as well as studio CBS TV Studios.

    Written by Jane scribe Valentina Garza and directed by Silberling, Jane the Novela is envisioned as a soapy, telenovela-inspired anthology series in the tradition of Jane the Virgin, where each season is based on a different fictional novel “written by” Jane Villanueva and narrated by the author herself.

    The first installment takes place at a Napa Valley vineyard, where family secrets (and family members) don’t stay buried for long. It centers on Estela (Lopez), an up-and-coming art curator who has spent years playing it safe and coloring within the lines. But a shocking secret changes everything and forces her to live a double life.

    Being “in the tradition of Jane the Virgin,” Jane the Novela mirrors the setup of the original series. It too follows a driven, imaginative twentysomething Latina woman (Lopez) who is torn between her boyfriend, Luen, and Felix, a handsome, rich guy. Felix co-owns a winery with his manipulative and glamorous mother Renata (Cross), who will stop at nothing to secure her son’s legacy, even if it means standing in the way of his happiness.

    Cross starred as conservative housewife Bree Van de Kamp on ABC’s hit soapy dramedy series Desperate Housewives, which earned her an Emmy nomination. She previously starred on Melrose Place and several daytime dramas, giving her strong credentials to tackle a series in the tradition of telenovelas, the Latin American version of American soaps. Most recently, Cross recurred on ABC’s thriller series Quantico as well as on YouTube Red series Youth & Consequences.

    She is repped by Gersh and John Carrabino Management.

    Morning Show Appearance

    (2/10/19) Today - NBC

    Thursday, February 14

    (10-11 a.m.) Lori Loughlin on Hallmark’s When the Heart Calls.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (2/10/19) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated

    Th 2/14: Lori Loughlin

    Talk Show Appearance

    (11/30/18) The Talk - CBS

    Wednesday, Dec. 5: Actress Lori Loughlin discusses her new holiday television film, “Homegrown Christmas”

    Mena Suvari & Frances Fisher To Star In ‘Grace and Grit’ Indie

    (11/16/18) Mena Suvari and Frances Fisher have signed on to star in Grace and Grit, the indie feature adaptation of Ken Wilber’s book of the same title. Stuart Townsend, Mariel Hemingway, Lydia Hearst, Nick Stahl, Rebekah Graf, and Tara Subkoff also co-star in the Sebastian Siegel-directed film, which is currently in production.

    Siegel penned the screenplay. It’s based on a true story of the five-year courageous journey of Treya Wilber (Suvari) and Ken Wilber (Townsend), through their falling in love, marriage, and challenge to overcome illness and meaning to find love beyond life. The story takes place in the mid-1980’s between Muir Beach, Tahoe, and Boulder, Colorado.

    Siegel is also producing the pic with Lucas Jarach and Eric Brenner. Jim Jacobsen will serve as exec producer via Skyline Entertainment, which is financing.

    Suvari, who broke onto the scene with her roles in American Pie and American Beauty, was a series regular in the short-lived Paramount Network series, American Woman, and reprised her role as Elizabeth Short (a.k.a Black Dahlia) in FX’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

    Fisher’s notable credits include Titanic, Laws of Attraction, Unforgiven, and True Crime. Up next, she can be seen in Damon Lindelof’s forthcoming HBO series Watchmen.

    Suvari is repped by APA and Management Production Entertainment and Fisher is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency.

    Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross winning secret battle with cancer

    (9/27/18) Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has gone public with her anal cancer battle by revealing all her hair fell out during treatment.

    The 56-year-old actress posted a selfie on Instagram on Sept. 15 and gave fans a health update.

    “So grateful and happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out and is about 1 inch long now and looks cra cra,” she wrote. “Anyone else have #hairloss due to #cancer? Talk to me. I feel you.”

    She added, “I am POST cancer. All good now. Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever. Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE.”

    Marcia returned to social media a day later and explained the previous post had really empowered her.

    “After posting a picture of myself here and uttering the words #cancer and #hairloss, I felt liberated, deliriously free and completely me,” she wrote. “How or why this simple act gave me such a powerful lift I did not question, but I thanked God or whatever gave me the internal push to move forward and expose myself.

    “I certainly wasn’t expecting the response of love and kindness that flowed to me. My capacity to receive requires a massive expansion! I am ecstatically alive and what interests me post-cancer is #AUTHENTICITY. #VULNERABILITY. #TRANSPARENCY. And of course #LOVE.”

    It’s not the first time Cross has faced and beaten cancer – her husband, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed in 2009, and, like his wife, is now healthy.

    Your Complete Guide to Every New Hallmark Christmas Movie This Year

    (9/20/18) Summer isn't even officially over but it's already time to start talking about Christmas, more specifically Hallmark Christmas! That's right, folks, the Hallmark Christmas movie schedule was officially released via Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday, and now you can map out your Christmas cheer accordingly.

    Whether you're into sad veterans, overworked marketing assistants too busy trying to land a promotion to celebrate the holidays or a bah-humbug widower in need of some Christmas spirit, Hallmark has you covered with over 35 festive holiday films that go down smoother than your grandma's hot cocoa with marshmallows. Here is when all the new films premiere!

    Saturday, Oct. 27
    Film: Christmas at Pemberley Manor
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jessica Lowndes, Michael Rady
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett (Lowndes), a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy (Rady), a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue. Determined to make her event a success, Elizabeth persuades the reluctant Darcy to let her hold the festival on the historical estate once known for its holiday cheer. When they wind up working together to arrange the festivities, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other. But when complications arise and the festival is unexpectedly shut down, the couple parts ways and Darcy moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, a wistful Elizabeth hopes for a Christmas miracle to revive the festival, save the estate, and rekindle her holiday romance.

    Wednesday, Nov. 3
    Film: Christmas Joy
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Long
    Synopsis: Joy Holbrook (Panabaker) is a keenly intelligent market researcher with an eye on her company's top account and garnering a sweet promotion just in time for the holidays. Just as Joy is capturing the attention of the account's CEO, she receives a call from her Aunt Ruby's best friend back home in Crystal Falls. Ruby has broken her ankle and needs surgery. Though the timing couldn't be worse, Joy immediately comes to her aunt's bedside only to be reunited with former crush, now hospital administrator, Ben Andrew (Long), son of Ruby's best friend Shirley. Joy also must reconcile Ruby's stubborn determination to be in control of everything, including the town's legendary baking competition known as the Cookie Crawl. To keep Ruby focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby's place much to the amusement of Ben who knows Joy has no idea of the Herculean task before her. Though Joy initially refuses Ben's attempts to "co-captain," she begins to soften and let him in, all the while remembering that there truly is no place like home. Based on the best-selling novel by Nancy Naigle.

    Thursday, Nov. 4
    Film: Road to Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jessy Schram, Chad Michael Murray, Teryl Rothery
    Synopsis: Los Angeles television producer Maggie Baker (Schram) unwittingly falls for Danny Wise (Murray), the son and former producer of his mother's (Rothery) popular annual Christmas special Julia Wise Lifestyle. When Maggie's secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with Julia during the live broadcast in Vermont goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, it is the love for family and friends that makes the merriest of Christmas.

    Film: Marrying Father Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, Wendie Malick
    Synopsis: When Miranda Chester (Krakow) set off to find information on her biological father two Christmases ago, she never imagined her investigation would lead her to both the love of her life, Ian McAndrick (Matter), and the family she had always longed for, including Margaret Whitcomb (Malick) and step-brother Peter Whitcomb (Jim Thorburn). After her romantic engagement last Christmas, Miranda prepares for a Christmas wedding surrounded by this new family. While Miranda finalizes the details of her big day, Margaret forges a surprising romance with a friend from the past. Miranda's wedding plans are quickly complicated when a mysterious visitor who claims to have ties to her late parents reaches out to her just days before her wedding. As Miranda's wedding approaches, she must decide if she wants to spend one of the most momentous days of her life with this new family connection, and must carefully navigate the first steps into the next chapter of her life with Ian.

    Wednesday, Nov. 10
    Film: It's Christmas, Eve
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hines
    Synopsis: As interim school superintendent, Eve (Rimes) trims budgets and now she's in her hometown where it's personal. Her handsome neighbor Liam (Hines) is a music teacher and Eve feels his program must be cut. But luckily her friend is married to an IT guy, who's created a website for donations directly to save the arts program. Launched during the tree-lighting ceremony where Liam's students will perform, the website could provide the Christmas miracle the town needs. Already the universe is cooperating. Eve is back home and she, Liam, and his daughter look like they might be celebrating many a future Christmas.

    Thursday, Nov. 11
    Film: Christmas in Love
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Brooke D'Orsay, Daniel Lissing, Mary-Margaret Humes
    Synopsis: Ellie Hartman (D'Orsay) is an aspiring crafter working in her small town's bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick Carlingson (Lissing) visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. During his visit, Ellie is to teach Nick how to make a Kringle, and determined to show him it's the people who make the business a success, not machines. Nick meets more of the employees and townspeople, visits the food bank and begins to see all the kindness that is shared, and he begins to soften — though not convinced automation isn't better. Struggling with chasing her own entrepreneurial dreams, Ellie begins to fall for Nick but not before feeling betrayed when she inadvertently sees Nick's laptop filled with automation plans. When Nick finally tells the employees his future ideas for the company, Ellie must decide if she should trust him, but more importantly, whether to take a leap of faith in making her own dreams come true.

    Film: A Soldier's Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Eloise Mumford, Sean Faris
    Synopsis: Captain Grace Garland (Mumford), a decorated U.S. veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When she finds herself stranded in the town of River's Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge, Joe Peterson (Faris), offers her a place to stay on his property and takes it upon himself to show Grace everything she has been missing; Christmas, family, community, and love.

    Wednesday, Nov. 17
    Film: Christmas at Graceland
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Kellie Pickler, Wes Brown
    Synopsis: Laurel (Pickler), a Chicago-based business executive travels to Memphis to secure one of the city's oldest family-owned banks. While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with old flame Clay (Brown), a local music promoter with loftier aspirations. Though Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize of the business acquisition, Clay is very persuasive reminding her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom. Now Laurel's focus turns to the home of the Blues and dreams of making music again.

    Film: A Godwink Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Kimberley Sustad, Paul Campbell, Kathie Lee Gifford
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Paula (Sustad), a St. Louis antique appraiser, reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Daniel (Giles Panton, Chesapeake Shores), a career-focused attorney. When her Aunt Jane (Gifford) senses she has mixed emotions over the engagement, she invites Paula to her Nantucket home. Upon her arrival, Paula plans a trip to the nearby island of Martha's Vineyard where she meets Gery (Campbell), a charming inn owner. When bad weather prevents her from departing, Paula winds up staying at Gery's inn and enjoying local holiday festivities alongside him. They begin to have feelings for each other, but when the weather clears up, they part ways and Paula returns to Nantucket. Sensing she's fallen for Gery, Aunt Jane shares with Paula her belief that their meeting was God's way of "winking" at her to help determine which direction her life should take. When Daniel surprises her by spontaneously arriving in Nantucket, Paula decides to move forward with their marriage plans. But back in St. Louis, Daniel soon returns to his all-business ways and a fed-up Paula finally realizes they're not compatible. When Jane invites her back to Nantucket for Christmas, Paula accepts, unaware that Jane has devised a plan to bring her and Gery together. From author Squire Rushnell of the God Winks book series.

    Thursday, Nov. 18
    Film: Mingle All the Way
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty, Lindsay Wagner
    Synopsis: Mingle All the Way is a new networking app designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events, without long-term romance. Molly (Lilley), founder of the app, is determined to prove to her family that it is a success. Therefore, she joins the app and meets another busy professional, Jeff (Daugherty). When Molly and Jeff are matched, they are both horrified to realize they've already had not one, but two disastrous previous encounters. Nevertheless, they agree to stay matched for all their respective upcoming holiday engagements. As the pair gets closer, perhaps their business arrangement might turn into something more this holiday season.

    Film: Return to Christmas Creek
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Tori Anderson, Stephen Huszar, Steven Weber, Kari Matchett
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Amelia Hughes (Anderson), a career-focused Chicago app developer lacking in holiday spirit, returns to her small hometown of Christmas Creek to rediscover the meaning of Christmas. There, she reunites with her childhood best friend Mike (Huszar) and her estranged uncle Harry (Weber), whose mysterious rift with Amelia's father divided her family during the holiday season when she was a child. As she engages in local holiday festivities — and begins falling for Mike — Amelia finds herself feeling the Christmas spirit and looking forward to Harry's Christmas Eve tradition of delivering toys to needy children in his small, private airplane. Meanwhile, Harry begins repairing his damaged relationship with his ex-girlfriend Pamela (Kari Matchett). But as she helps prep Harry's airplane for the toy delivery, a shocked Amelia learns her parents have unexpectedly shown up in town for the holiday and is crushed when her father and Harry resume their longstanding feud. On Christmas Eve, disappointed by her family's continued fighting, Amelia prepares to return to Chicago and leave behind Christmas Creek and her budding romance with Mike along with it. But just as she's about to leave, she feels a burst of inspiration that just might turn things around and help her finally restore family peace and embrace romance as love prepares to take flight for Christmas.

    Friday, Nov. 19
    Film: Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Alicia Witt, Colin Ferguson
    Synopsis: Emma (Witt) returns home to celebrate Christmas for the last time with her siblings in the house they grew up in. After their parents' recent passing, the siblings reluctantly agree to sell the family home on Honeysuckle Lane, leaving Emma in charge of its belongings. While Emma's mother's collection is being appraised, they find a hidden surprise that takes them on a journey to discover the power of love and family during the holidays. Based on the book by Mary Elizabeth McDonough.

    Saturday, Nov. 20
    Film: Hope at Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Ryan Paevey, Scottie Thompson
    Synopsis: Sydney Ragsdale (Thompson), recently divorced, decides to spend Christmas in a house she inherited with her young daughter. As Sydney begins to spend more time at the local bookstore, she meets a teacher, Mac (Paevey), who also fills in for the town Santa. Mac tries to make Christmas wishes come true, and this year Sydney is at the top of his "nice" list. As a new opportunity with the bookstore unfolds, Mac helps Sydney open herself up to life, love, and believing in the spirit of Christmas again.

    Sunday, Nov. 21
    Film: Christmas at the Palace
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Merritt Patterson, Brittany Bristow
    Synopsis: Katie, a former professional ice skater (Patterson), is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. As Katie spends time in the castle and with the king, she and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. But will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen?

    Monday, Nov. 22
    Film: Christmas at Grand Valley
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Danica McKellar, Brennan Elliott
    Synopsis: Burned out from the hubbub of the Chicago gallery world, artist Kelly (McKellar) returns home to the picturesque Grand Valley just in time for Christmas. Maybe her favorite town's shining season will reinvigorate her love of art and guide her down her next path. Leo (Elliott), businessman and all-star dad to his children, struggles to balance his time this holiday season. When he is assigned to review a hotel in Grand Valley for its value, he sees this as the perfect opportunity for a Christmas family vacation. It isn't long until Kelly and Leo's worlds collide. As Kelly re-experiences her favorite Grand Valley traditions with Leo and his children, she begins to find her way back to her passion for art.

    Tuesday, Nov. 23
    Film: Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny
    Synopsis: Darcy (Chabert) has always worked hard to prove herself and be successful on her own terms, even choosing to start her own company, rather than work with her father. Returning to her hometown for Christmas, Darcy reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke (Penny), and they are forced to plan a charity event together. As Darcy spends time with her family and Luke, she starts to realize what matters most in life and sets out to mend her relationship with her father, and possibly fall in love. Based on the book of the same title by Melissa de la Cruz.

    Wednesday, Nov. 24
    Film: Christmas Everlasting
    Channel: Hallmark Channel — Hallmark Hall of Fame
    Stars: Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield, Patti LaBelle, Dennis Haysbert
    Synopsis: Christmas is fast approaching and years of long workdays employed at New York's top corporate law firm are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey (Ali) will be made partner after the New Year. However, when Alice, her older sister with special needs, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy returns back to Nilson's Bay, Wisconsin, to attend the funeral and handle her estate. While Lucy dreads returning to her childhood home, she also feels real sorrow that she was too busy to take her sister's last call. Once back in Nilson's Bay, Lucy meets Peter (Whitfield), her old high school sweetheart and Alice's former attorney, who informs her of the terms of Alice's eccentric will that states in order for Lucy to inherit the family home, she must live there for 30 days through the holidays.

    Thursday, Nov. 25
    Film: Welcome to Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Jennifer Finnigan, Eric Mabius
    Synopsis: Resort developer Madison Lane (Finnigan) is tasked with finding a location for a new ski resort. While she's prepared to recommend the resort be placed in Mountain Park, her boss tells her to take a trip to Christmas, Colorado, to consider the location and the incentive package they're offering. On her way into town to meet with the mayor, Madison has a minor fender-bender with the town's welcome sign. Town Sheriff Gage McBride (Mabius) gives Madison a ride into town so she can attend the meeting while the car is towed and repaired. Little does Madison know that the town is on a mission to convince Madison that Christmas is the best place for the new ski resort. While stranded, Madison grows to love the community and the spirit of Christmas that runs throughout. Is a resort really the right move for Christmas? Or would the town be better off keeping its charm and traditions intact?

    Film: A Shoe Addict's Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Noelle (Bure) is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love, a connection with her father, and her dream career are out of reach. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve, she accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn't too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store... until a quirky woman appears out of nowhere in the shoe department and tells Noelle that she's her guardian angel. Soon, Noelle finds herself revisiting Christmases past, present, and future as she must work with her new neighbor, a handsome, Christmas-loving firefighter, to plan the annual Christmas Charity Gala. Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle take new chances and discover the true spirit of Christmas? And in realizing that the only thing standing in her way of leading a fulfilling life is herself, will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?

    Wednesday, Dec. 1
    Film: Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jill Wagner, Mark Deklin, Holly Robinson-Peete, Barbara Niven, Andrew Francis, Ashley Williams
    Synopsis: When Lisa (Wagner) takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. As Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin (Deklin) into working with her, the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store's beloved "Mailbox to Santa" for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole. As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen.

    Thursday, Dec. 2
    Film: A Majestic Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent
    Synopsis: Christmas in the charming town of Briar Falls will be bittersweet this year when architect Nell (Hinton) goes back to her hometown having been given the job of turning the historic Majestic Playhouse into a modern multiplex, much to the town's objections. The Playhouse has been home to their annual Christmas tableaux, which will now have to end after a long and historic tradition to the town. This job is Nell's first promotion, and one she wishes she hadn't been chosen for, especially when she meets the new owner of the theater, Connor (Vincent), whose vision and ideas clash with Nell's. Since Connor hasn't had much experience celebrating Christmas, Nell hopes that if she can give him a crash course in Christmas during the town's Twelve Day Festival, that he might just change his mind about modernizing the Majestic.

    Film: Northern Lights of Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Ashley Williams, Corey Sevier
    Synopsis: Zoey Hathaway (Williams) has been working toward her lifelong goal of being a pilot for years, but everything is thrown off-course when she unexpectedly inherits a reindeer farm, along with the dangerously handsome ranch hand Alec Wynn (Sevier). Now buried in taking care of reindeer and all the Christmas responsibilities, Zoey thinks life has delivered her a strange and cumbersome blow, and she isn't sure about Alec, who has his own ideas how best to run things. Alec, who has never had many people have faith in him, opens up when Zoey invests trust in him, and the two find themselves falling for each other. Could they both find happiness in the most unlikely of circumstances right before Christmas?

    Wednesday, Dec. 8
    Film: Homegrown Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Lori Loughlin, Victor Webster
    Synopsis: After stepping down as CEO of her dream job, Maddie (Loughlin) heads home for the holidays to gain perspective. She finds herself running into her old high school sweetheart Carter (Webster), and tensions quickly arise. When forced to put together a Christmas dance for the local high school, Carter and Maddie find themselves putting their differences aside and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago.

    Film: Memories of Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Christina Milian, Mark Taylor
    Synopsis: Noelle (Milian) was raised by the queen of Christmas. When she inherits her late mother's house, she finds out that her mother had been hiring someone to decorate it — Dave (Taylor). The deal is off, but Dave convinces Noelle to let him carry on the tradition. As the display goes up, Noelle's defenses start to come down. She embraces the town's Christmas gala that was her mother's legacy, finds unexpected love, and develops a joy for the holidays that she never thought possible.

    Thursday, Dec. 9
    Film: Once Upon a Christmas Miracle
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Told she would have less than a few months to live without a liver transplant, Heather Krueger's time was running out when a kind stranger, Chris Dempsey, heard of her plight and discovered he was a perfect match. The two met and before long a friendship developed into romance. The movie follows Heather and Chris' journey over three Christmases as his selfless gesture leads to a Christmas miracle for everyone involved. Based on a true story.

    Film: Christmas Wonderland
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Emily Osment
    Synopsis: Heidi (Osment), who initially left her small town of Pleasant Valley with the dream of one day becoming a successful painter, has put her own art on hold to excel as an art gallery curator. Now, a week before the gallery's big Christmas party, she must return home to watch her niece and nephew. She comes face to face with her high school love, Chris, now a teacher, who is in over his head after he must find a new last-minute location for the Christmas dance. Heidi offers to help him and together they discover a beautiful place for the dance, perfectly capturing the Christmas spirit, called Wonderland Farms. The more time Heidi spends in Pleasant Valley decorating for the Christmas SnowBall, the more she finds herself inspired to start painting again. With Christmas fast approaching, Heidi soon becomes torn between the life she built in the city and the life she is surprisingly charmed by back in Pleasant Valley, embracing her true passion.

    Wednesday, Dec. 8
    Film: A Gingerbread Romance
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry
    Synopsis: With Christmas just weeks away, the architecture firm Taylor works for enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. The firm teams her up with Isabelle, a renowned French pastry chef with whom Taylor instantly locks horns. When Isabelle backs out, Taylor stumbles into a local bakery and meets Adam, a baker and single dad. In an act of desperation, Taylor convinces Adam to partner with her for the contest, arguing that winning would give the bakery and his designs much-needed exposure. For years Taylor has been resistant to call anywhere 'home' for fear it will only be temporary. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter in their cozy home, decorating for the holidays and exploring the town at Christmas, fills her with a longing for a place to call home.

    Wednesday, Dec. 15
    Film: Time for Me to Come Home
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: It's the last Friday before Christmas in New York City and a massive storm is brewing. Small-town business woman Cara Hill is meeting with her banker while country music star Heath Sawyer is playing Madison Square Garden. When the flight to Tulsa they're both booked on is canceled, this unlikely pair of strangers winds up traveling together. Each has a secret — Heath hasn't written a song since his father died, and Cara's mother recently passed and her family's jam business is failing. Will Christmas provide a miracle — and a chance at love? Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas is a touching story about finding a way home after a loss — to your family and to your own true self. Based on the song by Blake Shelton and the book by Dorothy Shakleford and Travis Thrasher.

    Thursday, Dec. 16
    Film: Entertaining Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jodie Sweetin
    Synopsis: Claire is a cookbook author, crafting expert, and television personality whose name is synonymous with perfection. As she contemplates retirement, her daughter Kara (Sweetin) is poised to become the new face of the Livingston brand. The only trouble is, Kara can't cook. Or sew. Or do any of the signature things her mother is known for. When a young girl posts a video online requesting Claire help welcome her deployed father home for Christmas, Kara is sent in her place in an effort to prove herself a worthy successor to the board of directors and win the job. As Kara does her best to make a good impression, she gets more than she bargained for when the young girl's uncle Joe turns out to be a reporter for the local paper, looking for his next story.

    Film: Reunited for Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Nikki Deloach, Mike Faiola
    Synopsis: Frazzled and struggling with writer's block, novelist Samantha (Deloach), along with her boyfriend, heads home to her late grandmother's home to spend Christmas. While at home with family, her grandmother's wise words reveal the true meaning of Christmas with Samantha at a time when she most needs encouragement

    Wednesday, Dec. 22
    Film: Christmas Copy
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: TBA

    Film: Small Town Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Author Nell Phillips' first book has become a surprise bestseller of the Christmas season. Nell's last stop on a nationwide book tour takes her to the town of Springdale, the hometown of Emmett Turner, a young man she met over five years ago while both were junior copy editors at a New York publishing company. Nell was hurt when Emmett stood her up for a dinner date and then disappeared from New York without any explanation. As Nell is quick to admit, Emmett's colorful, nostalgic anecdotes about Springdale inspired her to write this book that is shaping her life and especially this holiday season.

    Thursday, Dec. 23
    Film: Christmas Made to Order
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Alexa PenaVega
    Synopsis: When architect and Christmas amateur Steven finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen (PenaVega) to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen's expert Christmas spirit brings Steven's family together, but neither expected it to bring them closer to each other. After a great opportunity presents itself to Gretchen, she and Steven must decide what's really important in life.

    Film: Christmas Bells Are Ringing
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Samantha, a freelance photographer, is returning to Cape Cod for the first time since the death of her mother years earlier. She's going to celebrate her father's Christmas Eve wedding to the lovely Helen but is anxious to revisit past memories. However, having never been to the Cape during winter, she finds that it is a whole new experience. On deadline for a big Christmas spread that could ignite her career, she enlists the help of her childhood friend, Mike, to show her around. In the time she spends in Cape Cod with her dad, Helen, and Mike, she finds meaning in her creative pursuits, falls in love, and realizes that Christmas is wherever your family is.

    Saturday, Dec. 25
    Film: When Calls the Heart Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene
    Synopsis: When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, their caretakers — sisters who have a mysterious backstory — lead Bill (Wagner) to investigate the circumstances of their arrival. He discovers the sisters and their orphanage are in jeopardy, so Abigail (Loughlin) and the other residents rally to make it a Christmas to remember for the orphans. Elizabeth (Krakow), who is preparing for the birth of her child, organizes her students to engage in selfless gift-giving. That, along with a Christmas miracle, help bring wonder, hope, joy, and love to all this Christmas season.

    Wednesday, Dec. 29
    Film: Focus on Love
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Carlos PenaVega
    Synopsis: With only one week to prepare, Lisa Patterson and her family of party planners are given the biggest job in their company's history: a New Year's Eve party for tech entrepreneur Megan Clark. But when her brother breaks his leg and her parents head off on a planned vacation, Lisa must reluctantly enlist the help of her brother's visiting college buddy, David Campos (PenaVega), to help her pull off the event which just so happens to fall on her favorite day of the year. But what Lisa didn't plan on was falling in love in the process.

    General Hospital Vet Susan Brown Dead at 86, Remembered by Co-Stars

    (9/1/18) General Hospital alum Susan Brown, who played Scotty Baldwin’s stepmother, Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin, died on Friday at the age of 86.

    GH vet Kin Shriner, who plays Scotty, shared the news on Twitter, hailing Brown as “one of my best friends and costars…. R.I.P., Susan. I will miss all our laughs.”

    Brown first joined GH in 1977, earning a Daytime Emmy nomination two years later. She exited GH in the mid-80s, but recurred now and again, especially when Scotty’s family helped launch the ABC Daytime spinoff Port Charles. Brown last appeared on GH in a 2004 episode honoring the late Anna Lee, who had Lila Quartermaine.

    Brown’s previous TV credits included As the World Turns (as Adelaide Fitzgibbon), ABC’s mid-1960s sudser The Young Marrieds, Death Valley Days and Santa Barbara (as Dorothy Lane). Her most recent primetime role was a 1994 episode of Frasier.

    “She was so very special, on set and in friendship,” GH vet Jackie Zeman shared on Twitter, offering Shriner her condolences. “I remember all the good times we shared on our lunch breaks and at at her amazing dinner parties at her beautiful home. RIP Susan + God Bless.”

    Current GH boss Frank Valentini tweeted, “It’s a very sad day in Port Charles as the wonderful Susan Brown (“Gail Baldwin”) passed away today. My sincerest condolences to her family and to all who knew this amazing woman.”

    Brown’s GH husband, Peter Hansen (who played Scotty’s father, Lee Baldwin), passed away in April 2017, at the age of 95.

    Dorothy Lyman on FBI 9/25/18

    (8/24/18) “Pilot” – After a bomb explosion devastates a residential apartment building, special agents Maggie Bell and Omar Adom “OA” Zidan of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigate a possible war between rival gangs – that is, until their prime suspects are discovered brutally murdered, on FBI, Tuesday, Sept. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    From Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind the “Law & Order” franchise, FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This elite unit brings to bear all their talents, intellect and technical expertise on major cases in order to keep New York and the country safe. Born into a multigenerational law enforcement family, Special Agent Maggie Bell commits deeply to the people she works with as well as those she protects. Her partner is Special Agent Omar Adom “OA” Zidan, a West Point graduate via Bushwick who spent two years undercover for the DEA before being cherry-picked by the FBI. Overseeing them is Special Agent in Charge Dana Mosier (Sela Ward), who operates under intense pressure 24/7/365 and has undeniable command authority. The team also includes Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine, the nerve center of the office whose ability to easily relate to and engage with both superiors and subordinates makes him a master motivator. Kristen Chazal is the team’s most valued resource, a brilliant analyst recruited straight out of university who can piece together the big picture faster than anyone. These first-class agents tenaciously investigate cases of tremendous magnitude, including terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence.

    GUEST CAST includes: Connie Nielson (Ellen Solberg), Dallas Roberts (Robert Lawrence), Dorothy Lyman (Jilly Peters)

    When Calls the Heart Movie

    (6/18/18) Hallmark Channel will air a When Calls the Heart Christmas movie later this year, featuring series stars Lori Loughlin, Erin Krakow, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith and Paul Greene, EW.com reports. In the special installment, Abigail and the other residents band together to create an unforgettable Christmas when a group of orphans are stranded in Hope Valley for the holidays, while Elizabeth prepares to give birth.

    Jennifer Bassey Married Actor George Bamford — Get the Romantic Details!

    (6/10/18) (Photo) Congratulations are in order for ALL MY CHILDREN actress Jennifer Bassey (Marian), who recently married fellow actor, LAW & ORDER alum George Bamford! The couple announced their engagement in November of 2016 and tied the knot on April 19, 2018. "They say it's never too late to love and be loved," Bassey tweeted. "I believe it!"

    The couple tied the knot in a simple ceremony at the City Clerk’s office in New York City. “We filled out the paperwork and went into a room and we were married,” Bassey told People. “After the ceremony, which was very short, I asked the officiant who married us what his name was. He said, ‘Angel.’ George turned to me and said, ‘We just got married by an angel.'" The couple then went to Little Italy for their first meal as man and wife.

    After Bassey’s husband of 30 years, Luther Davis, died in 2008, she took a grief recovery course and was inspired to help others deal with their own grief. One of the people she helped was Bamford, who was suffering after losing his wife of 50 years to cancer. One thing led to another and the pair fell in love!

    “Two and a half years later, here we are,” Bassey mused. “I never dreamed when I met George it would turn into this. From the first minute we met, it was very comfortable.”

    “She’s very giving and has a good heart,” Bamford said. “I sensed right away that she’s the kind of person who knows how to fall in love and has been in love, as I had. And once you’re in love and you’ve felt love, you miss it. And you long for it again and try to replicate it.”

    Such a beautiful and inspirational story — Our best wishes to the happy couple for a lifetime of happiness together!

    Soap's Robert Mandan Dead at 86

    (6/4/18) Robert Mandan, best known to TV audiences for his role as Chester Tate on the classic ABC sitcom Soap, has died at the age of 86.

    Mandan passed away in Los Angeles on April 29 after suffering a long, undisclosed illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Dixon.

    The veteran TV actor got his start in soap operas, with stints on From These Roots (1959-1961), The Edge of Night (1963), The Doctors (1963) and Search for Tomorrow (1966-1970). He continued to work regularly throughout the 1970s, appearing on episodes of All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, Mission: Impossible and The Streets of San Francisco, among other high-profile series.

    Mandan’s star-making role came soon after, when he was cast on the aforementioned Soap as the philandering husband to Katherine Helmond’s Jessica from 1977 to 1981. The series ran for a total of four seasons and spawned the successful spinoff Benson, starring the late Robert Guillaume.

    After Soap, Mandan starred as Col. Lawrence Fielding in the TV adaptation of Private Benjamin, which ran on CBS from 1981-1983. In 1984, he starred opposite John Ritter on the short-lived Three’s a Crowd, in a role he originated in the final episodes of Three’s Company. In 1986, he appeared on The Facts of Life as Dr. Bruce Gaines, a member of the Peace Corps who married Mrs. Garrett in Charlotte Rae’s farewell episodes. Then in 1991, he reunited with Soap spouse Helmond in two episodes of Who’s the Boss.

    Mandan’s film credits include Hickey & Boggs, MacArthur and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Other notable TV gigs included episodes of The Love Boat, CHiPS, Highway to Heaven, Santa Barbara, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Married… with Children.

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    Facts

    1. On December 1, 1975, The Edge of Night was the first soap to jump networks (CBS to ABC). It premiered on CBS on April 2, 1956 (the same day as ATWT). With the change in networks, Edge also became the last soap to be broadcast live on a daily basis.

    2. Working title of the show was The Edge of Darkness

    3. The show was originally conceived as the daytime television version of Perry Mason

    4. During most of the show's run, the show's fans were treated to an announcer enthusiastically and energetically announcing the show's title, "Theee Edge...of Night!". Bob Dixon was the first announcer in 1956, followed by Herbert Duncan. The two voices most synonymous with the show, however, were those of Harry Kramer (1957–1972) and Hal Simms who announced the show until the series ended in 1984.

    5. The Edge of Night was given a Special Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America.



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