This Week's Developments in the Admissions Scandal

A television show, another admission of guilt and an unfortunate tweet.

May 13, 2019

Get Ready to Binge-Watch

The college admissions scandal that gripped the nation in March could be heading to your favorite TV network or streaming service, per a report on the movie news site Collider that was subsequently confirmed by the major Hollywood trade publications.

The production company Annapurna has acquired the rights to develop for a television series an adaptation of the upcoming nonfiction book Accepted, an in-depth look at the scandal from Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz. Hourlong episodes of the screen adaptation will be written by D. V. DeVincentis, who wrote the movies High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank as well as three episodes of the miniseries American Crime Story: The People vs. O. J. Simpson.

Before you can binge-watch, the show will eventually need a distribution partner -- a network like FX or HBO, or a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon.

Annapurna TV is a subsidiary of the Hollywood-based movie company Annapurna Pictures, which recently produced and distributed the Oscar-winning dramas Vice and If Beale Street Could Talk.

Another Parent Admits Guilt

Stephen Semprevivo of Los Angeles on last week pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud -- the latest admission of guilt in the admissions scandal. He admitted to paying $400,000 to get his son into Georgetown University under a scheme that portrayed the son as a tennis recruit.

Georgetown has declined to say what it is doing about individual students admitted fraudulently but has said the university is "reviewing the details related to the indictment and will be taking appropriate action."

A Tweet From the Past

A 2018 tweet from the women's rowing team at the University of Southern California has taken on new meaning and led to much mockery in light of the admissions scandal. The tweet, seeking recruits, would have been an invitation to try out for the team and win a spot. But that meaning is no longer clear amid reports that some paid lots of money to get their daughters' names on the list of recruited athletes for the team. (In those cases, the daughters never even tried out.)

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