TV Show Based On The College Admissions Scandal In The Works

Earlier this year, many the college admissions scandal broke, exposing many including Full House’s Lory Laughlin and her husband designer Mossimo Giannulli as well as Desperate Housewives’ Felicity Huffman and her husband, the Shameless’s lead actor, William H Macy. These famous and well-off parents are being accused of bribing William Rick Singer with, accumulatively, 25 million dollars to get their children into elite universities such as Yale, Stanford, U.C.L.A., Georgetown, and U.S.C. The accusations include facilitating cheating on college entrance exams, nominating unqualified applicants for recruitment as athletes, using charity to cover money laundering.

The scandal is still in the spotlight as new details continue to emerge and developments are made in the trials of the accused. On May 7th, Cydcor executive Stephen Semprevivo, who is being accused of having paid $400,000 to have his son recruited as a tennis athlete at Georgetown, pleaded guilty. He is now amongst seven others, including Felicity Huffman, who have or are expected to plead guilty to their involvement in the scam. Lori Laughlin, however, has pleaded not guilty.

From the photoshopped to the elite colleges, the drama of this scandal called for an on-screen adaptation. Deadline reported on May 7th that Annapurna Television has begun working on just that. Annapurna Television has optioned the rights to the much-anticipated book, Accepted. The book expands on what went into this elaborate scheme which was designed and executed by the rich and famous, written by the Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jen Levitz.

The show will be a limited series and written by the Emmy-winning D.V Devincentis, known for The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Annapurna has stated that the show will be produced by Naegle, Ali Krug, and Patrick Chu. However, since the show has barely been announced, there aren’t many details on who will be cast or a release date.

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