Felicity Huffman Returns to Acting after Serving Prison Sentence in College Admissions Scandal
Last year, actress Felicity Huffman served her prison time after being implicated in the college admissions scandal. Now it’s been reported that the star is coming back to acting on ABC.
“Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman, 57, pleaded guilty for her involvement in the college admissions scandal in May 2019. The star was accused of paying Rick Singer, a college consultant, to change her daughter’s SAT test scores.
Huffman paid Singer $15,000 to make the forged documents for Sophia. In October of the same year, the actress ended up being charged with a fourteen-day prison sentence of which she only served 11 days.
The star was also given 250 hours of community service and was placed on supervised release for one year. Her husband, William H. Macy, the “Shameless” actor, was not charged in the case.
Huffman only appeared in three different projects from the time she was implicated until halfway through 2020. She starred in the miniseries “When They See Us,” “Otherhood,” and the film “Tammy's Always Dying.”
Felicity Huffman, ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ Star to Lead ABC Baseball Comedy With Pilot Production Commitment https://t.co/SPsWxm0itc— Variety (@Variety) November 30, 2020
“When They See Us” was released in May 2019, while Netflix's “Otherwood” came out two months later. The movie she appeared in only landed on streaming services on May 1 this year.
Now it’s been reported that Huffman has found her first project since her involvement in the college admissions scandal. Last month, her representative confirmed that she had completed her full sentence, including all the extra stipulations.
She’s set to star on ABC’s yet-untitled half-hour comedy. The show was written by Becky Hartman Edwards and was inspired by Susan Savage who is the real-life owner of the Sacramento River Cats, which happens to be a Triple-A baseball team.
Huffman only served part of her sentence because she was released early from the Federal Correctional Institution in California.
The project is only a pilot production and in it, Huffman will play Savage who inherited her husband's minor-league baseball team after he died suddenly. In the show, the actress has to manage her new life with the help of her son, played by Zack Gottsagen, who is a baseball lover with Down syndrome.
Just over a year after her 11-day stint in prison, Felicity Huffman has booked a new acting gig. https://t.co/GY0WAfQ8QQ— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 30, 2020
A source, which is allegedly close to Huffman, revealed how she was handling the news of her casting. Speaking to “People” magazine, the insider claimed:
"She is honored and grateful to be a part of this project.”
Lori Loughlin's daughters have reportedly had a difficult time coping with her prison sentence. https://t.co/ET6x7TuJlp— InStyle (@InStyle) November 23, 2020
Huffman previously won an Emmy Award for her work on ABC's “Desperate Housewives.” She has been credited as the executive producer for the new upcoming series alongside Edwards and Savage.
The star only served part of her sentence because she was released early from the Federal Correctional Institution in California. Another celebrity who is currently serving time (two-months) for the same scandal is actress Lori Loughlin.