The new school year just started but we can’t forget about one of the biggest scandals to rock the news cycle last year: the college admissions drama. And one reason why we aren’t going to forget anytime soon—Lifetime dropped a trailer for its upcoming flick based on the scandal and it needs to be watch ASAP.
Starring Penelope Ann Miller and Canadian Mia Kirshner, the very Lifetime-y trailer shows affluent families, mediocre students and morally dubious parents who won’t hesitate to spend millions to get their kids into high places—all the things we discovered in the real drama that ensnared celebrities like Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin.
Pulling directly from the headlines (intentional, as this is part of Lifetime’s “Ripped From The Headlines” movie lineup), the trailer introduces us to a very shady gentleman who has all the keys to obtaining college acceptances for a price, similar to William Rick Singer, who allegedly organized the real-life scheme. Said scheme included students taking falsified exams (or having someone take the tests for them), other students getting fake athletic photo shoots, and above it all, frantic, screaming parents who just want to know how much money will fix the problem. The real story itself seemed to be fiction, so we figure this is an instance of life imitating art and vice versa.
— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) September 6, 2019
A press release shared that the movie follows “two wealthy mothers, Caroline, a sought after interior designer and Bethany, an owner of a successful financial services firm, who share an obsession with getting their teenagers into the best possible college.”
“When charismatic college admissions consultant Rick Singer (Michael Shanks) offers a side door into the prestigious institutions of their dreams, Caroline and Bethany 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.”
So, Caroline and Bethany’s storylines will be wrapped up neatly in a 2-hour timespan, but what’s going on with our real-life leading ladies, Huffman and Loughlin? Us Weekly reports that Loughlin “regrets not doing with [Huffman] did,” in terms of rejecting the plea deal that Huffman eventually accepted. A source also contends that Loughlin was prepared to accept the deal, but her husband Mossimo Gianulli said it would ruin their careers. Huffman pled guilty and issued a public apology on April 8, but Loughlin and Gianulli are now facing up to 40 years in prison for their crimes.
We, however, feel no guilt about how excited we are about Lifetime’s super-soapy version of the messy scandal hitting the small screen on October 12. When it comes to serving up the camp and melodrama, Lifetime gets an A+ from us.