Felicity Huffman Has Landed Her First Acting Role Post-Prison

Felicity Huffman did the crime, she did the time, and she’s ready to return to primetime. In October of 2019, Huffman served 11 days of a 14-day prison sentence following a guilty plea for her part in the college admissions scandal known as “Operation Varsity Blues”, which also took down Full House actress Lori Loughlin (per NBC News). Huffman admitted to paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT’s corrected which NBC News reports upped her results 400 points from her PSAT scores.

Ultimately, Huffman’s daughter retook the SATs and was accepted to Carnegie Mellon University’s drama program on her own merits (per Town & Country). Huffman, wife of actor William H. Macy (who was not charged in the scandal), paid a $30,000 fine and was sentenced to 250 hours of community service and a year of supervised release in addition to her prison sentence. With all of that behind her, it seems it’s time for Felicity Huffman to get back to work.

Felicity Huffman is returning to network TV

The last time we saw Felicity Huffman on primetime TV was on ABC’s American Crime in 2019 (per TV Guide). She also starred in Ava DuVernay’s 2019 Netflix drama When They See Us and, of course, who can forget her role as Lynette Scavo in all eight seasons of ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Now, according to Deadline, Huffman is returning to ABC to star in an untitled comedy based on the life of Susan Savage, the woman who took over majority ownership of Triple-A baseball team, the Sacramento River Cats in 2009. Huffman will play Savage who unexpectedly inherited the role of team owner after her husband’s sudden passing.

The show is the latest project from producer Aaron Kaplan, who also produces A Million Little Things. Zack Gottsagen, who starred alongside Shia LaBeouf in Peanut Butter Falcon, will play Huffman’s baseball-obsessed son on the show. The half-hour comedy is meant to tickle your funny bone but Deadline says it also touches on grief and Savage’s attempt to contend with local politics and the world of sports. Felicity Huffman may have been down but, with this return to network TV, she’s officially not out.

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