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Actress Lori Loughlin stars in movie after conviction in college admissions scandal

In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Lori Loughlin departs federal court with her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, in Boston, after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.Philip Marcelo/Associated Press

Actress Lori Loughlin, whose career hit a roadblock in 2020 when she pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in connection with the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, is appearing on the small screen.

A made-for-TV movie entitled “Fall Into Winter” starring Loughlin and James Tupper will air Saturday at 8 p.m. on the Great American Family network, the company says on its website.

In the film, Loughlin’s first rom-com for the network, her character is “aghast when her brother sells his half of their family-owned, upscale candy shop to his best friend from high school ... forcing a sudden urgency to find connection and common ground,” the network said in a September statement.

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Bill Abbott, president and CEO of Great American Media, lauded Loughlin in the September press release.

“Lori is a genre-defining star that I have had the honor to call a close friend and collaborator for more than 15 years,” Abbott said.

Loughlin, best known as Aunt Becky on the sitcom “Full House,” and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, both pleaded guilty in May 2020 to conspiracy charges for paying bribes totaling $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as phony crew recruits.

Loughlin was later sentenced to serve two months in prison, while Giannulli received a five-month term.

The couple was among the dozens of wealthy parents, coaches, school administrators, and others in the scheme, in which parents paid bribes to admitted ringleader William “Rick” Singer to get their children falsely designated as athletic recruits at fancy schools, thereby paving their way to admission, or to facilitate cheating on the kids’ SAT and ACT exams.

Singer was sentenced earlier this month to serve 3 and 1/2 years behind bars.

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Material from prior Globe stories was used in this report.



Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.