This year's college admissions scandal was tailor-made for a TV movie—and it's hardly a surprise that Lifetime is stepping up to the plate. On Tuesday, at the Television Critics Association's biannual meeting, A+E Networks president Rob Sharenow announced that the channel is already well into production on an Operation Varsity Blues-inspired flick. Here's what we know about the movie so far.
One key cast member has a connection to Felicity Huffman.
Actress Penelope Ann Miller, who's set to appear in Lifetime's upcoming movie, once shared the screen with Huffman in the ABC series American Crime.
Miller won't be portraying Huffman, though—in fact, no one will. The two lead characters, Caroline (Miller) and Bethany (Mia Kirshner), seem to be largely fictional characters, based on the many wealthy mothers caught up in the college admissions scandal. There is one real person depicted in the movie, though: Michael Shanks has been cast as Rick Singer, the college consultant at the center of Operation Varsity Blues.
The plot will focus on two people in particular.
"College Admissions Scandal will follow two wealthy mothers who share an obsession with getting their teenagers into the best possible college," the official description reads, per the Hollywood Reporter. "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."
Lifetime devotees won't have to wait long to see it.
Although a specific premiere date has yet to be announced, Sharenow promised that the movie, which has the working title College Admissions Scandal, will debut on Lifetime sometime this fall.
It's not the only small-screen college admissions scandal adaptation in the works.
If Lifetime is giving viewers the soapy conflict they crave, this project will have a little more journalistic backing (and hopefully some good old-fashioned drama, too).
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