The network’s upcoming film (aptly titled The College Admissions Scandal), is loosely based on Operation Varsity Blues, the real-life college admissions scheme that allegedly involved over 50 people, including actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. The Lifetime movie version stars Penelope Ann Miller and Mia Kirshner as Caroline and Bethany, respectively, two mothers who are so desperate to get their children into college, they will do anything — even break the law.
From the trailer, it’s clear that Caroline’s story appears to be based on the real-world events surrounding Huffman, who pleaded guilty in May to both mail fraud and honest services fraud, confessing that she paid $15,000 to an SAT proctor to alter her daughter’s responses on the exam. The trailer shows Caroline doing the same thing for her teenage son.
Full House star Lori Loughlin, who was accused along with her husband Mossimo Giannulli of allegedly paying USC $500,000 for their daughters to be designated crew team recruits, seems to be the inspiration for Bethany’s story. (Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty.) In the trailer, we see Kirshner’s character paying to get her daughter placed on a collegiate soccer team, complete with an over-the-top photo shoot to make her appear to be a super-star athlete.
While the trailer doesn’t explicitly say it is based on Operation Varsity Blues, phrases such as “ripped from the headlines” and “based on true events” give us just enough of a hint. The College Admissions Scandal will debut on Lifetime on October 12; you can watch the trailer below.
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