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Felicity Huffman returns to acting in new TV comedy after serving prison time for faking daughter’s SAT scores

FELICITY Huffman has landed her first acting gig since completing her prison sentence after pleading guilty to fraud in the college admissions scandal last year.

The 57-year-old actress, who paid to have her daughter’s SAT scores corrected, has landed an ABC single-camera comedy series.

Deadline reports the untitled baseball TV show will see The Peanut Butter Falcon‘s Zack Gottsagen co-star alongside Felicity.

Hailing from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, the project’s inspired by Susan Savage, the real-life owner of the Triple-A baseball team the Sacramento River Cats, and the Desperate Housewives alum will portray the character Susan inspired.

Written by Becky Hartman Edwards, the half-hour show follows a minor-league baseball team owner who inherited the team after losing her husband.

“She is forced to navigate her new normal with the help of her dysfunctional family, including her oldest son (Gottsagen), a baseball devotee with Down syndrome, her work family and the Sacramento community at large,” according to the outlet. 

The synopsis continues: “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.”

Along with starring, Felicity will also be an executive producer on the project.

This will mark the mother-of-two’s return to acting after pleading guilty to fraud last May and completed a short prison sentence in October 2019.

Not only is she coming back to the onscreen world, but she’s also making her big return to ABC, where she’s had several other shows, including the popular drama Desperate Housewives.

She also starred in the anthology American Crime and the dramedy Sports Night.

Felicity’s most recent credits include two 2019 projects – Netflix miniseries When They See Us and Netflix comedy Otherhood – and one 2020-released film, Tammy's Always Dying.

Just a few months after being released from prison, the actress was spotted completing some of her 250 hours of community service, as part of her court sentence, with 20-year-old daughter Sophia by her side earlier this year.

Felicity Huffman faces at least four months in prison after pleading guilty in US college admission scandal

In addition to her prison term and community service, her sentence included 12 months of probation and a $30,000 fine.

Her famous husband, William H. Macy, was not charged as a result of Operation Varsity Blues.

Felicity was one of 50 parents accused of paying bribes and cheating to help their children get into some of America's top universities, with one being fellow actress Lori Loughlin.

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