By Martha Ross | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 14, 2019 at 9:20 am | UPDATED: March 14, 2019 at 4:18 pm UPDATE: Hallmark announced Thursday that it had cut ties with Lori Loughlin, a longtime collaborator, after the actress was charged in connection with a widespread scheme to help wealthy parents bribe their children’s way into top U.S. colleges, the Associated Press reported. In a statement Thursday, Hallmark Cards Inc, the parent company of the Hallmark Channel, said would no longer work with Loughlin and has stopped its development of all productions involving her. Loughlin starred in the network’s show “When Calls the Heart” and regularly appeared in the channel’s show “Garage Sale Mysteries, as well as a series of Christmas movies, Variety added. “We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” the Hallmark company said in a statement. Original story … [Read more...] about Hallmark cuts ties with Lori Loughlin — can she and Felicity Huffman save their careers?
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Emily Yahr, The Washington Post Published 4:04 pm CDT, Thursday, March 14, 2019 FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin poses with her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, at the 2019 "An Unforgettable Evening" in Beverly Hills, Calif. Felicity Huffman and Loughlin have worked steadily as respected actresses and remained recognizable if not-quite-A-list names for decades. Neither has ever had a whiff of criminality or scandal tied to their name until both were charged with fraud and conspiracy Tuesday along with dozens of others in a scheme that according to federal prosecutors saw wealthy parents pay bribes to get their children into some of the nation’s top colleges. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin poses with her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, at the 2019 "An Unforgettable Evening" in Beverly Hills, Calif. Felicity Huffman and Loughlin ... more … [Read more...] about As Hallmark fires Lori Loughlin, here’s why her alleged role in the college bribery scandal hit a nerve
Lynn Elber AP Television Writer Published 4:30 PM EDT Mar 14, 2019 Los Angeles – The Hallmark Channel cut ties Thursday with favored star Lori Loughlin, a day after her arrest in a college admissions scam put the family-friendly network and extended Hallmark brand in uncomfortable proximity to a headline-grabbing scandal. “We are saddened by the recent allegations surrounding the college admissions process,” Hallmark Cards Inc., parent company of the Crown Media Family Networks umbrella group that includes the Hallmark Channel, said in a statement. “We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin” and have stopped development of all productions with the actress for Crown Media channels, the statement said. The company initially took a wait-and-see approach after a federal investigation of the scam involving more than 30 parents, many of them prominent, was revealed Tuesday. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of … [Read more...] about Lori Loughlin loses starring roles on Hallmark Channel
Just weeks before Felicity Huffman would be charged with alleged involvement in a fraudulent college admissions scheme, her husband, William H. Macy, called their daughter's application process "so stressful" in a January 2019 interview with Parade."We're right now in the thick of college application time, which is so stressful," the "Shameless" actor said. "I am voting that once she gets accepted, she maybe takes a year off. God doesn't let you be 18 twice."The couple's older daughter, Sofia, is currently a high school senior. Huffman is accused in court documents of paying an SAT insider to proctor her daughter's exam and secretly fix her incorrect answers. As a result, the 18-year-old scored 400 points above her practice test score.Macy is not charged with a crime, but he is quoted in a taped conversation with Huffman and the person organizing the scheme. "Are we all okay with the financial side and the actual operational side of it?" the couple is asked."Cool," Macy responded in … [Read more...] about William H. Macy called daughter’s college app process ‘stressful’ in January
5 minutes ago HBO's Leaving Neverland focused on two extremely detailed sets of molestation allegations leveled against arguably the most popular musician who's ever lived. Even without the early reviews from its Sundance premiere, Leaving Neverland was destined to garner a lot of attention when it made its televised debut. The Live+Same Day ratings are now in, and HBO execs were likely pleased by the all the eyeballs that were tallied for the two-night airing. Sunday Night Because Leaving Neverland clocks in at around four hours, HBO wisely split the telecast up into two parts, with the first airing on Sunday night. The doc managed to make it into the Top 10 cable telecasts of the night, at least in terms of the key age demographic for adults 18-49. It earned a 0.4 demo rating and was tied for the fifth highest demo of the night. (Quite a few other shows, such as Showtime's Shameless, Adult Swim's Hot Streets and Discovery's Alaskan Bush People, also got a 0.4 rating.) As far … [Read more...] about How HBO’s Michael Jackson Documentary Leaving Neverland Did In The Ratings