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Felicity Huffman finds first TV gig since college admissions scandal in baseball comedy pilot

Entertainment Weekly logo Entertainment Weekly 11/30/2020 Marcus Jones
Felicity Huffman holding a sign posing for the camera: George Pimentel/WireImage © Provided by Entertainment Weekly George Pimentel/WireImage

Now that she has done her time and is a free woman, it seems Felicity Huffman is coming back to television.

EW has confirmed that the Emmy-winning actress has been cast in a new pilot for ABC inspired by the life of Susan Savage, owner of the minor-league baseball team the Sacramento River Cats. The pilot marks Huffman's first TV project since she pleaded guilty and served her sentence in the college admissions bribery scheme.

Felicity Huffman holding a sign posing for the camera: The Emmy-winning actress will star alongside 'The Peanut Butter Falcon' actor Zack Gottsagen as the owner of a Minor League baseball team. © George Pimentel/WireImage The Emmy-winning actress will star alongside 'The Peanut Butter Falcon' actor Zack Gottsagen as the owner of a Minor League baseball team.

Produced by Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment, the pilot will be written by Becky Hartman Edwards (Switched at Birth) and costar Zack Gottsagen, the breakout star of the 2019 film The Peanut Butter Falcon.

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Deadline first reported details of the half-hour, single-camera comedy, which will follow Huffman's character as she navigates life after her husband's sudden death, now being at the helm of a Triple-A ball club alongside her baseball devotee son, who has Down syndrome (Gottsagen).

Huffman, Savage, and Hartman Edwards will executive-produce the project with Kapital's Kaplan and Dana Honor, plus Artist First's Joel Zadak. Gottsagen will serve as a producer.

While the project only has a pilot production commitment, it makes sense for ABC to be the home of Huffman's first big TV gig after her involvement in the college admissions scandal given that she's made three Emmy-winning shows with the network: Sports Night, Desperate Housewives, and American Crime.

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