In July, in news that surprised no one, Lifetime revealed that it was planning a made-for-TV movie about the college admissions scandal. Details about the upcoming film were scant, but people had one big question: Who would play disgraced Hallmark Channel actress Lori Loughlin in the movie?\u00a0 Now, we have our answer: No one, apparently.
Lifetime has released more details about the movie, and it doesn\u2019t sound like Loughlin, who allegedly paid $500,000 to guarantee her two teenage daughters admission to the University of Southern California as crew recruits, will be a character.\u00a0 Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman won\u2019t be characters in \u2018The College Admissions Scandal\u2019\u00a0 Lori Loughlin | Paul Archuleta\/Getty Images Loughlin and husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were two of the most well-known people arrested in connection with the scam, which involved dozens of wealthy parents across the country.
Actress Felicity Huffman was also charged in the case. (Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial; Huffman pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.)\u00a0\u00a0 However, it doesn\u2019t sound like either Loughlin or Huffman will be characters in Lifetime\u2019s The College Admissions Scandal.
According to the network, the movie will focus on two mothers, Caroline, an interior designer, and Bethany, an owner of a financial services firm, who are both obsessed with making sure their kids get into the best college.\u00a0 When charismatic college admissions consultant Rick Singer (Michael Shanks, Stargate: Atlantis, Saving Hope) offers a side door into the prestigious institutions of their dreams, Caroline and Bethany 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. The movie will star Penelope Ann Miller and Mia Kirshner\u00a0 The College Admissions Scandal will star Riverdale\u2019s Penelope Ann Miller as Caroline and Mia Kirshner (Star Trek: Discovery, The L Word) as Bethany.
\u00a0 Varsity Films Inc. is producing. Adam Salky (I Smile Back) is directing and Stephen Tolkin wrote the script.\u00a0 The film is one of several ripped-from-headlines movies Lifetime has planned. Other upcoming movies include NXIVM Cult: A Mother\u2019s Fight to Save Her Daughter, Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story, and Trapper: The Alex Cooper Story.
\u00a0 A TV series about the college admissions scandal is also in the works\u00a0 Felicity Huffman | Joseph Prezioso\/AFP\/Getty Images The upcoming Lifetime movie isn\u2019t the only TV take on the college admissions scam. Annapurna Television also has a show in the works, having optioned the yet-to-be-published book Accepted by Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz.
.\u00a0 Not much is known about that show yet,.....