We Can't Get Over the Irony of Lifetime's College Admissions Scandal Movie

In an ironic new twist to the ongoing drama, Lifetime is making a movie about the college admissions scandal. Per the network’s press release on the project, it will follow “two wealthy mothers” who are hellbent on getting their teens into the prestigious universities of their dreams. If you’ve been following the college admissions scandal, that plot likely brings to mind two names: Lori Loughlin and fellow actress-slash-scandal-participant Felicity Huffman.

Lifetime announced the news on Tuesday, July 23, via a press release that outlined the premise of the future film. “College Admissions Scandal will follow two wealthy mothers who share an obsession with getting their teenagers into the best possible college. 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. But when Singer cooperates with the FBI and pleads guilty, the mothers who risked everything for their kids, must face the consequences of their crimes and the loss of trust and respect from their families,” the release read.

Naturally, Twitter had plenty of thoughts about the project — with many commenters pointing out the irony of Loughlin having a movie made about her by a soapy network incredibly similar to the one that fired her (Hallmark).

Granted, Lifetime doesn’t come right out and say the film will be about Loughlin or Huffman. However, no one will really be surprised if the women cast to play those roles bear an uncanny resemblance to the actresses. Loughlin, 54, and Huffman, 56, were the most recognizable faces of the 50 people indicted in March’s college bribery scam.

Huffman pled guilty to a lesser charge of paying $15,000 to Rick Singer’s fake charity to help her 18-year-old daughter Sophia score well on the SATs. On the other hand, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have been accused of paying upwards of $500,000 as part of an elaborate scheme involving fake rowing photos to get their daughters Bella, 20, and Olivia Jade, 19, into the University of Southern California. If convicted, Loughlin and Giannulli face up to 20 years in prison for each charge filed against them.

Prior to the scandal, Loughlin starred in precisely the type of TV show you’d expect to see on Lifetime — Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart. However, in the wake of the scam, Hallmark severed all ties.

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