SMILF is canceled after two seasons on Showtime amidst allegations against star and creator Frankie Shaw. Back in December, Shaw was accused of several disturbing rumors about sexual misconduct on set including not closing the set for a sex scene and yanking actress Samara Weaving’s shirt down after she refused to do a nude scene.
The remainder of the second season will come out as scheduled, but Shaw’s overall deal with ABC Studios, who produced the series, has been suspended.
A prepared statement from Showtime stated, “After weighing a variety of factors, Showtime has decided that SMILF will not move forward for a third season. The remainder of the second season will continue to air as scheduled on Showtime through its series finale on March 31. We remain extremely proud of the two seasons of SMILF, and thank Frankie Shaw for her singular voice and unique creation, as well as the dozens of writers, producers, actors, directors and crew members both in Los Angeles and on location in Boston, who contributed to this exceptional series.”
While Shaw’s deal has been suspended, the studio seems hesitant to fully cut ties. ABC Studios released a statement, “Frankie Shaw’s overall deal with ABC Studios has been suspended without pay while we review our options.”
SMILF gets premature end despite critical praise
SMILF’s second season premiered in January starring Shaw as a struggling young mother and Rosie O’Donnell as her aging mother in working-class Boston. Shaw and SMILF received two Golden Globe nominations for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Shaw herself.
Shaw released a statement saying, “I can’t express how much I’ve loved making this show, how much I love the cast and crew and appreciate Showtime and ABC as creative partners.”
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