Felicity Huffman Lands First TV Role After Prison Stint

Felicity Huffman Makes Court Appearance in April 2019. (Credit: Shutterstock)

A year after she walked free from a federal prison, Felicity Huffman has inked a deal to resume her acting career.

The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress will star in a new comedy pilot for ABC, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Huffman will also serve as an executive producer on the yet-to-be-titled project about a widow who inherits a minor-league baseball team after the death of her husband. Zack Gottsagen (Peanut Butter Falcon) will play her eldest son, a huge baseball fan with Down syndrome.

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The pilot is based on the life of Susan Savage, owner of the Triple A World Champion Sacramento River Cats.

The deal comes after Huffman was released from prison in October 2019, following a conviction for her role in the college admissions scandal.

Huffman pleaded guilty in May of 2019 to fraud and conspiracy after paying a fixer $15,000 to have her oldest daughter’s answers corrected on the SAT exam.

The When They See Us actress was sentenced to 14 days in federal prison, and ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service and one year’s probation. She served 11 days in the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif., before she was granted early release.

The Transamerica star was one of 50 high-profile individuals, including Full House actress Lori Loughlin, to take part in the nationwide scandal in order to guarantee their children entrance into elite universities.

The scam involved changing test results, hiring proctors to take exams for children and superimposing kids’ faces onto pictures of real student athletes, to guarantee college admission through athletics programs.

Huffman has a history with ABC, which is the same network where she became a household name as part of the Desperate Housewives cast.