Felicity Huffman Starring in ABC Baseball Comedy in First Role Since College Admissions Scandal

by Jon D. B.

After being “heavily courted” by networks following her short prison sentence, Felicity Huffman has chosen an ABC sports comedy for her return to acting.

Felicity Huffman will return to showbusiness just months after leaving prison over fraud charges. More than a year has passed since Huffman pled guilty to her charges. These charges came in the same college admissions scandal that sent Lori Loughlin and her husband to prison, as well.

In addition to returning to acting, Huffman will be returning to ABC. According to an exclusive report from Deadline, the show will be a “single-camera comedy”. The comedy has landed a big pilot production commitment at the network, as well. It will be Huffman’s first project since prison.

Joining Huffman is The Peanut Butter Falcon‘s Zack Gottsagen. Gottsagen will headline the sports dramedy alongside.

The show, which remains untitled, will be written by Becky Hartman Edwards. Deadline clarifies that Susan Savage inspires the comedy. Savage is the real-life owner of the Triple-A baseball team the Sacramento River Cats.

Moreover, Deadline reports that producer Aaron Kaplan “approached Huffman with the idea about a series inspired by Savage. He brought on Gottsagen, who has a talent deal with Kapital, [to] co-star opposite Huffman.”

Felicity Huffman Returns to TV for “Surprising” Baseball Dramedy

Deadline’s exclusive report describes the upcoming show as “surprising.” In addition, ABC’s property will be “a funny, surprising and occasionally heartbreaking half-hour about love, loss, family and Triple-A baseball.”

Within, “the project stars Huffman as the unlikely owner of a minor-league baseball team. After suddenly losing her husband and inheriting his beloved team, 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.”

Furthermore, “her work family and the Sacramento community at large” will pitch in as part of the plot.

In essence, Deadline says, Huffman is taking on “the story of a woman navigating grief, local politics and the business of sports and learning not just to adjust, but to thrive.”

All of this will, no doubt, be relatable to the actress after the past two years of her life.

Many are questioning ABC’s decision to bring Felicity Huffman back into the spotlight so soon after the enormity of her college admissions scandal. It is important to note, however, that “all three TV series Huffman has been a lead of have been on ABC and all have garnered critical acclaim,” Deadline clarifies. “Comedy Sports Night, dramedy Desperate Housewives and drama anthology American Crime,” all “earned Huffman major award nominations; she won an Emmy for Desperate Housewives.