Felicity Huffman has landed her first new TV role since serving jail time for fraud in a bribery scandal.
Just five weeks after completing her sentence, Huffman has signed on with ABC to film a pilot for a baseball comedy, according to Deadline. The outlet adds that she was "heavily courted" with roles since her release from prison on Oct. 25.
Felicity Huffman's new TV show after bribery scandal
In the untitled baseball series, Huffman, 58, will play a widow who inherits a minor-league baseball team after her husband passes away. Peanut Butter Falcon breakout star Zack Gottsagen co-stars as her son, who has Down syndrome. Deadline adds, "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."
The show is inspired by the story of Susan Savage and it has a "big pilot production commitment" from ABC. It will also see Huffman return to the network after years on Desperate Housewives, American Crime, and Sports Night.
Felicity Huffman completed 14-day jail sentence on Oct. 25
Reports of the new TV role for Huffman come five weeks after her release from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. As part of a college admissions bribery scandal, Huffman in May pleaded guilty to fraud charges and was sentenced to 14 days in jail.
On Oct. 25, Huffman completed her jail sentence, though in only 11 days, due to an early-release policy. As part of her sentence, she's also on the hook for a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service, and one year under supervision now that she's been released. Fellow actress Lori Loughlin is currently serving her two months in jail for involvement in the same scandal.
Huffman's new ABC baseball pilot remains without a shooting schedule and release date for now.