Q: Now that Hallmark has fired Lori Loughlin, what is happening with the series "When Calls the Heart"? I tuned in on Sunday to watch the show and it was not on. Are they going to leave us hanging or retool and omit her?

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The good news in this ugly story -- if there is "good" news to be found -- is that "When Calls the Heart" will survive.

Producer Brian Bird announced the news on the show's official Instagram page, saying, "With the full support of the network, we have gone on a creative hiatus to do some retooling on the remaining Season 6 episodes ... Hope Valley will return to your screens as soon as we can bring the episodes to you."

Hallmark had already aired three of the 10 episodes planned for the season, which means the others have already been completed. "Creative retooling," then, suggests that they're going to try to somehow scrub Loughlin out of the remaining episodes. That, of course, will be tricky since her character, Abigail Stanton, is key to the show's various storylines.

But there are ways. Her parts can simply be cut out, resulting in shorter episodes, or the network could go to the expense of digitally replacing her with another actress -- that may sound outlandish, but Imperative Entertainment did it in 2017's "All the Money in the World," digitally inserting Christopher Plummer in place of Kevin Spacey when the latter actor fell into a major scandal of his own.

Both of those plans seem drastic, but given that Hallmark very publicly cut all ties with Loughlin just two days after the scandal broke and instantly removed all her programs from its schedule, it's clear the company is willing to go drastic.

The news was not as good for Loughlin's other Hallmark franchise, "Garage Sale Mysteries." That ongoing series of telefilms seems to have been canceled entirely.


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