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Felicity Huffman lands TV role following college admissions scandal

The untitled comedy will star Huffman as the unlikely owner of a minor league baseball team.
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Huffman served a short prison sentence last year for her role in the college admissions scandal.Frazer Harrison / Getty Images
/ Source: Reuters

Felicity Huffman and "The Peanut Butter Falcon" star Zack Gottsagen are attached to lead a comedy at ABC that has landed a pilot production commitment.

The untitled single-camera comedy stars Huffman as the unlikely owner of a minor league baseball team. After suddenly losing her husband and inheriting his beloved team, she is forced to navigate her new normal with the help of her dysfunctional family, including her oldest son, a baseball devotee with Down syndrome (Gottsagen), her work family and the Sacramento community at large. The project is inspired by Susan Savage, the real-life owner of the Triple A World Champion River Cats.

Becky Hartman Edwards will write and executive produce the project, with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment executive producing with Joel Zadak of Artists First and Susan Savage. Huffman will executive produce along with starring, with Gottsagen producing. ABC Signature will produce.

The role would mark a return to ABC and acting in general for Huffman, who completed a short prison sentence last year for her involvement in the national college admissions scandal. She previously starred on the network's hit dramedy "Desperate Housewives" as well as the critically acclaimed ABC shows "American Crime" and "Sports Night." She won an Emmy for her time on "Desperate Housewives" and won a Golden Globe for the film "Transamerica." Her recent credits include "When They See Us" and the Epix series "Get Shorty."

She is repped by ICM.

Gottsagen earned strong reviews for his feature debut in "The Peanut Butter Falcon," starring alongside Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson. He is repped by KMR and Morris Yorn.

Deadline first reported the development news.