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Admissions Scandal Already Has Book and TV Show in the Works

The college admissions bribery scandal already has a book in the works and that unreleased book is already getting a TV adaptation.

Perhaps it was inevitable given that this news story has not left headlines since the story broke, but if you don’t know what I’m writing about then let me clue you into the broad strokes:

 

William Singer
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Federal investigators in case dubbed Operation Varsity Blues uncovered that parents were rigging entrance exams and paying bribes to school officials to have their children admitted as student-athletes even if the children didn’t play sports. This was mostly done through a college admissions business run by William “Rick” Singer, who primarily arranged the transactions.

As of today, Singer has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators.

 

Felicity Huffman (left), Lori Loughlin
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The New York Times has released a list of the accused, and among the thirty-three accused parents are Lori Loughlin, famously known for her role as Aunt Becky in Full House, her husband Mossimo Gianulli, a fashion designer, William E. McGlashan Jr., a partner at the equity firm TPG, and Felicity Huffman, known for her Emmy Award-winning role as Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Huffman intends to plead guilty to paying $15,000 to have someone else take the SAT for her oldest daughter and disguising the payment as a charitable contribution.

 

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Gianulli
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Meanwhile Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Gianulli are charged of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy and they face up to twenty years in prison on each charge, but People reports that Lori Loughlin is ‘confident’ she will not see jail time.

However, following the indictments, Loughlin lost roles on Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart and Garage Sale Mystery movie series and will not return for the final season of Netflix’s Fuller House.

Not surprisingly, a book detailing the admissions scandal is in the works. Vanity Fair reports that it “will detail the admissions scandal and the extravagant, illegal lengths to which parents went to secure their children’s admission into prestigious colleges like Yale, Stanford, U.C.L.A., Georgetown, and U.S.C”. Titled Accepted, it is be written by Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz.

The Portfolio division of Penguin Random House will published the book.

Jumping on the adaptation train is an Emmy-Award winner DV Devincentis.

 

 

DV Devincentis

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Devincentis is a writer and producer. He’s worked as an executive producer/writer on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which got him an Emmy, as well as a writer/co-producer on High Fidelity, and a writer/producer on Lay the Favorite.

 

Sue Naegle

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Joining Devincentis, as reported by Deadline, are Sue Naegle, Ali Krug and Patrick Chu, who are set to produced a limited series based on the scandal on behalf of Annapurna Television. Of the three, Sue Naegle is the best known for being an executive producer for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Honestly, it should be less surprising that an unreleased book based on the admissions scandal is getting a limited series, but it honestly isn’t.

 

 

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College Admissions Scandal Gains First Book Deal

The college admissions scandal has the whole world talking. Since last week, the scandal has revealed that over 40 people have been charged or arrested on charges of bribing college officials in order to get their children into elite colleges. Among those charged have been Desperate Housewive’s Felicity Huffman and Full House’s Lori Loughlin.

Lori Loughlin and her daughter, Olivia Jade standing side by side smiling for the camera

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Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter a book deal has been struck for this scandal. The book, titled Guilty Admissions from publisher Twelve Books, will take a closer look at the ringleader of the scheme, William ‘Rick’ Singer. Mr. Singer catered to wealthy parents, helping them bribe and cheat their way into elite schools for huge amounts of cash. The book will focus on Singer, discussing how he used the system for his own benefit and also be a jumping off point where the book will talk about the broken college admission process, as well as how society added pressure on students to acquire the distinguished university degree.

There is no announced date for Guilty Admissions yet but it should be an exciting read when it hits shelves. In the meantime, the scandal is still unfolding and doubtlessly more wrenches will be thrown into the mix before it is over.

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