We haven’t been reporting on the breaking developments in the college admissions scandal regularly since we figure it’s been getting enough attention in the press. Lori Loughlin and her children seem to be in a fight; one daughter is reported to have moved out of the family home and to be living with her boyfriend in Malibu. Felicity Huffman seems to be accepting responsibility for doing wrong by her children, though we’re not sure about the status of her marriage to William H. Macy since he wasn’t by her side in federal court in Boston. The drama ensues. We also don’t report on it regularly because while outrageous, we don’t think it sheds much insight into the admissions process — or how to beat an unfair system at an unfair game the right and ethical way. And the core objective of our college admissions blog is to spread knowledge on how students can do just that: beat an unfair system at an unfair game the right and ethical way.
But we figured we would report on news of an upcoming limited series, Accepted, being developed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures. As Erik Pederson reports for Deadline, “The college admissions bribery scandal had ‘Hollywood adaptation’ written all over it when the news broke in March, and now a TV series is in the works. Annapurna Television has optioned the rights to Accepted, an upcoming book by Melissa Korn and Jen Levitz, for a limited series with DV Devincentis writing. The book details the recent college admissions scandal that exposed a criminal conspiracy to influence undergraduate admission decisions at several prominent American universities including USC and UCLA.”
And what do we have to say about that? Oy vey. Is that really the stuff of a limited television series? We all already know the storyline. We all already know the characters. A Lifetime movie of the week? Maybe. But a limited series? Hollywood can and must do better. Wouldn’t a limited series based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story about a family that owned a diamond the size of a mountain that it had to keep secret — and the lengths they’ll go to keep that secret — be more compelling television? We thought so. That’s why Ivy Coach’s managing director set this limited series up at ABC. Or how about a series on the Eastern Shore watermen who helped slaves reach freedom along the Underground Railroad? Wouldn’t that be more interesting? We thought so. It’s why our managing director set this limited series up at FX. But a series about the college admissions scandal? Snorefest!