Lifetime has announced the inspiration for one of its upcoming TV-movies: the college admissions scandal involving actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman that swept the nation earlier this year.
“College Admissions Scandal will follow two wealthy mothers who share an obsession with getting their teenagers into the best possible college,” a press release from the network reads. “When charismatic college admissions consultant Rick Singer offers a side door into the prestigious institutions of their dreams, they willingly partake with visions of coveted acceptance letters in their heads. But when Singer cooperates with the FBI and pleads guilty, the mothers who risked everything for their kids, must face the consequences of their crimes and the loss of trust and respect from their families.”
As previously reported, the two stars were among 50 parents, coaches, and college admissions advisers indicted in the scandal in which wealthy parents were paying large amounts of money to secure their children’s place in prestigious schools via very elaborate ruses.
Lori Loughlin and her husband allegedly paid $500,000 to have both of their daughters admitted to USC as crew recruits despite the fact neither are rowers or student-athletes. Loughlin and her husband both plead not guilty to the charges in the ongoing case and have suffered professionally as the actress was fired by the Hallmark Channel and is said not to be appearing in the final season of Fuller House.
Huffman did plead guilty to paying $15,000 to have the scam’s ringleader help her daughter on her SATs. The actress issued an apology for her role in the scandal.
Lifetime’s College Admissions Scandal is expected to premiere in fall 2019.