9:39am PT by Rick Porter
Felicity Huffman Plots Acting Return in ABC Baseball Comedy
Felicity Huffman is set to make her return to acting following her sentence in the college admissions bribery scandal.
The former Desperate Housewives star is set to lead an untitled comedy set in the world of minor league baseball at ABC. The project from ABC Signature, Kapital Entertainment and writer Becky Hartman Edwards (The Bold Type, The Baker and the Beauty) is inspired by the life of Susan Savage, the owner of the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
The untitled comedy, which has a pilot production commitment at ABC, marks Huffman's first acting work since she served a brief sentence for her part in the college admissions scandal, in which dozens of parents and a college counselor, William Singer, were indicted on charges they paid to have admissions tests taken for their children or bribed college coaches admissions officers to admit their kids. Huffman pleaded guilty in May 2019 to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud after allegedly paying $15,000, disguised as a charitable donation, to have another person take her daughter's SAT exam.
She served 11 days of a 14-day prison sentence and was ordered to do community service and pay a fine following her plea. Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, wasn't named in the indictment.
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were also sentenced in the case, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues by the FBI.
The ABC comedy, meanwhile, will also star Zack Gottsagen (The Peanut Butter Falcon). It centers on Huffman's character, who inherits her husband's beloved minor league baseball team after his sudden death. She navigates her new life with the help of her dysfunctional family, including her eldest son (Gottsagen), a baseball devotee with Down syndrome, her new work family and the Sacramento community.
Hartman Edwards is writing and will executive produce with Huffman; Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor; Joel Zadak of Artists First; and Savage. Gottsagen is a producer.
Deadline first reported the news.