Showtime has canceled the comedy series “SMILF” after two seasons. In addition, ABC studios, which produces the show, has suspended a development deal with its creator, star and executive producer Frankie Shaw. The announcements came after a December story in The Hollywood Reporter that detailed allegations of abusive on-set behavior and violations of industry rules by Shaw, who also directs some episodes of the show. Shaw denied the allegations.
Showtime said in a statement: “after weighing a variety of factors, Showtime has decided that ‘SMILF’ will not move forward for a third season. We remain extremely proud of the two seasons of SMILF, and thank Frankie Shaw for her singular voice and unique creation.”
ABC Studios had a two-year development deal with Shaw, and had also been investigating the reports of on-set problems. In a brief statement, the studio said, “Frankie Shaw’s overall deal with ABC Studios has been suspended without pay while we review our options.”
“SMILF,” which features Shaw as a down-on-her-luck single mom in Boston with a cast that includes Rosie O’Donnell and Connie Britton, was built on a short film Shaw showed at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It premiered in 2017 and received two Golden Globe nominations.
Showtime will continue to air the second season through its March 31 finale.
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