If you're anything like me you've been laying awake at night, staring at your ceiling full of dread, wondering if Felicity Huffman is ever going to financially recover from this. Did she have to downsize her housing & get a simpler vehicle? Can she still frequent her favorite dining establishments? Should you try to reach out & Venmo her? I'm sure it's taken a toll on lots of us.
So this is truly welcome news from the LA Times:
Felicity Huffman, the “Desperate Housewives” star who was convicted last year in the college admissions scandal, just got a new lease on her acting life. The Times has confirmed that the Emmy-winning actress has inked a deal for a comedy pilot for ABC.
In the half-hour TV show, as yet untitled, Huffman will play the unlikely owner of a minor-league baseball team that she inherited after her husband’s death. “Peanut Butter Falcon” actor Zack Gottsagen will costar as Huffman’s eldest son, a baseball fanatic who has Down syndrome.
The story is based on the life of Susan Savage, owner of the Triple A World Champion Sacramento River Cats. Huffman will also serve as an executive producer on the single-camera, ABC Signature production.
Huffman, who is married to actor William H. Macy, was sentenced to 14 days in prison plus a $30,000 fine and 250 hours of community service after she was convicted of paying William “Rick” Singer $15,000 to rig her daughter’s college entrance exam scores. She wound up serving 11 days in October 2019 at a minimum security federal prison in Dublin, Calif.
Praise the Lord - After eleven days in the clink and a slap on the wrist she was able to overcome & land a role. Let that be a heartwarming lesson to us all. (Huffman's daughter, who had no knowledge of what her mom had done, has been accepted to Carnegie Mellon's drama school and I think she'll be ok, too.)
My glaringly bitter & off-putting sarcasm aside, this actually sounds like it's got the potential to be a pretty good show. The Sacramento River Cats had a successful run last year & by all accounts Savage, who Huffman will play, is an interesting, impressive lady. No word yet on if Aunt Becky will also be in the cast.