What’s next for When Calls the Heart? The Hallmark Channel TV show just announced they are going on a brief hiatus to retool the rest of season six.
Last week, Hallmark severed ties with star Lori Loughlin following her arrest for alleged involvement in a college admissions scheme. Loughlin has played Abigail Stanton on the period drama since its debut in 2014.
On social media, executive producer Brian Bird announced When Calls the Heart is going on a “creative hiatus” so they can retool the end of season six. In the statement, Bird assured fans the Hallmark Channel series has not been cancelled.
You can read the full message below:
#Hearties, thank you for your love, support and patience these last several days as we have been preoccupied with the news about Lori Loughlin and her family, and the decisions our colleagues at the Hallmark Channel USA needed to make,” read a “producers’ statement” from Brian Bird and the show’s other executive producers that was posted to the show’s official Instagram page on Sunday. “As you can imagine, everyone involved with ‘When Calls the Heart’ was surprised by these developments, so we hope you can forgive us for initially staying silent while we sorted through how to respond.As for the show itself, we know millions of fans are on pins and needles wondering what will happen now. Let us reassure you, ‘When Calls the Heart’ has always been bigger than the sum of its parts, and it has not been canceled. With the full support of the network, we have gone on a creative hiatus to do some retooling on the remaining Season 6 episodes. That process has already begun. Hope Valley will return to your TV screens as soon as we can bring the episodes to you.On behalf of our entire producing team, including Michael Landon Jr., Brad Krevoy and Alfonso Moreno, I want to thank you for continuing to show your support. Your private messages of support and your #Hearties4S6 worldwide trending on Thursday brought a lot of tears to the eyes of our cast and crew and to the good folks at Hallmark Channel. Your love for ‘When Calls the Heart’ is the courage we count on as we work through this challenging transition and your Hearties community will always be the most important legacy of this TV series. We love you!”
What do you think? Do you watch When Calls the Heart? Will it be the same without Loughlin?