The College Admissions Scandal: The TV Show Should Be “Outrageous”

The authors of Accepted, the book on which the show will be based, talk about having their source material on the small screen

The attention on the college admissions scandal keeps growing because on Tuesday, Annapurna Television announced its plan to create an entire TV series about the scandal.

The production company has optioned the rights to The Wall Street Journal’s Melissa Korn and Jen Levitz’s nonfiction book Accepted, according to Accepted has not yet been released.

D.V. DeVincentis, who has written for American Crime Story and Dead Last, is set to write for the series, and Sue Naegle, Ali Krug, and Patrick Chu will produce. It’s unclear still who will be cast in the show, but Korn says she is sure it will be “outrageous.”

“We’re really excited that Annapurna has been interested in this project from such an early stage, and are thrilled to have D.V. working on it,” Korn says via email. “The 204-page FBI affidavit made for fascinating reading. We believe the book will be even more interesting, and the show just as outrageous.”

Levitz echoes Korn’s sentiments and says the story isn’t done being told.

“This is a compelling project that gets more so by the day as we keep digging and talking to people,” she says via email. “We are looking forward to doing a lot more reporting in the days and months to come.”

In early March, the FBI charged 50 individuals, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, for bribing people and universities to get their children accepted into college. Loughlin allegedly paid $500,000 to get her daughter, YouTuber Olivia Jade, into USC. Since the news broke, outlets have reported that Olivia Jade is angry with her mother and even moved out of her parents’ home.

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