Felicity Huffman returns to acting after college admissions scandal, will headline comedy pilot at ABC

Nancy Dillon, New York Daily News

A year after leaving the big house, Felicity Huffman has a new TV gig with the mouse house.

The Emmy-winning actress previously convicted for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal will headline a new sports-themed comedy pilot for Disney-owned ABC, Deadline reported Monday.

The still-untitled comedy from Kapital Entertainment was inspired by the real-life story of Susan Savage, owner of the Triple-A baseball team the Sacramento River Cats, Deadline reported.

In the half-hour, single-camera sitcom, Huffman will play a widow who suddenly finds herself running her late husband’s beloved baseball team along with her oldest son, a sports aficionado with Down syndrome.

Her co-star will be Zack Gottsagen, who appeared in last year’s critically acclaimed “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”

The Emmy-winning actress has a long history at ABC, having previously starred in the comedy “Sports Night,” the hit “Desperate Housewives” and the drama anthology “American Crime.”

Huffman, 57, was arrested in March 2019 along with group of other wealthy parents implicated in the national college admissions scandal dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.”

One of the first parents to admit guilt, she tearfully confessed two months later to paying $15,000 to rig her older daughter’s college entrance exam.

She was sentenced to 14 days behind bars, reported to jail in October 2019 and was released two days early.

Meanwhile, fellow actress Lori Loughlin fought her charges for more than a year and didn’t take a plea deal until May 2020.

Loughlin, 56, is only now serving her two-month sentence at a low-security complex in Dublin, Calif., after admitting she and husband Mossimo Giannulli conspired to pay $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as fake rowing recruits.

“I made an awful decision,” Loughlin told the judge at her sentencing in Boston in August. “I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process.”


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