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Felicity Huffman officially lands starring role after college admissions scandal

Felicity Huffman will return to acting in a new ABC sitcom about a baseball team

Actress Felicity Huffman, accused in the college admissions scandal, arrives at a Boston courthouse April 3.
Actress Felicity Huffman, accused in the college admissions scandal, arrives at a Boston courthouse April 3.
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Felicity Huffman will return to acting in a new sitcom centered around a baseball team in what is her first role after the college admissions scandal, Deadline reports.

What’s going on?

Huffman will star in a single-camera comedy about a baseball team. The show “is inspired by Susan Savage, the real-life owner of the Triple-A baseball team the Sacramento River Cats,” according to Deadline.

  • This will be Huffman’s first role since the 2019 college admissions scandal.
  • Several TV series and pilots have looked to cast Huffman after her prison sentence.

What’s the show about?

Huffman will star as an owner of a minor league baseball team.

  • She will lose her husband on the show and inherit the team.
  • Huffman will navigate a new normal, which includes helping her family and running a baseball team.
  • “This is the story of a woman navigating grief, local politics and the business of sports and learning not just to adjust, but to thrive,” according to Deadline.

Why Huffman is getting a role:

Longtime Hollywood crisis manager Howard Bragman told me in 2019 that Huffman’s response to the college admissions scandal paved the way for her to get a role in Hollywood. She pleaded guilty in the scandal, admitting fault and serving her sentence without too much delay.

Huffman played multiple roles in Hollywood so it makes sense she would get something after the scandal.

  • “And I know she’ll be working again because I know producers I’ve talked to who are looking for work for her, who believe in her and are friends with her. So I think she will get beyond this,” he said.