Felicity Huffman is returning to television screens in her first on-screen role since being embroiled in a college admissions scandal.
The 60-year-old actress stars in the embedded pilot episode A good lawyerLegal spinoff of ABC’s popular medical drama Good doctoraccording to The term of. The episode airs Good doctorThe sixth season is on March 6.
Huffman will guest star as Janet Stewart, a “high-profile lawyer and law firm partner with intelligence and a dry wit.”
His character is chosen to portray Freddie Highmore’s Dr. Sean Murphy, who wants to win the case on an episode-by-episode basis. However, after Shawn decides he wants Johnny to represent him, young lawyer Johnny DeGroot (Kennedy McMann) takes his place.
Huffman’s on-screen role comes a little more than two years after Huffman completed his full sentence in the college admissions scandal, which included prison time, community service and supervised release.
In May 2019, Huffman pleaded guilty to paying admissions counselor Rick Singer $15,000 to change his daughter Sophia’s SAT answers after she took them.
Huffman served 11 days of a 14-day prison sentence in October 2019. He was also ordered to perform 250 hours of community service and a year of supervised release.
Her husband, Shameless star William H. Macy has not been charged.
During the scandal, Huffman appeared in three projects: the Ava DuVernay miniseries When they see usReleased May 2019; Netflix difference, decreased in July 2019; and a film directed by Amy Jo Johnson Tammy always diesit affected streaming services on May 1, 2020.
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In November 2020, it was announced that Huffman would direct the new ABC half-hour comedy, which was revealed only on his IMDb page. Sacramento River Cats Project. This news was his first project after his involvement in the scandal.
Deadline previously reported that the show, written by Becky Hartman Edwards, was inspired by Susan Savage, the real-life owner of the Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A baseball team.
The series follows Huffman as a woman who inherits her husband’s minor league baseball team after his sudden death. She tries to navigate her new normal with the help of her son, played by Zack Gottzagen, a baseball-loving man with Down syndrome.
“She is honored and grateful to be a part of this project,” a source close to Huffman told PEOPLE at the time.
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Huffman, who previously won an Emmy for his work on ABC Desperate Housewiveswill also executive produce the series alongside Edwards and Savage.