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SMILF cancelled after accusations against star

Mar 11,2019
Showtime has canceled the comedy series “SMILF’’ after two seasons, and ABC studios, which produces the show, has suspended a development deal with its creator, star and executive producer Frankie Shaw.

The dual announcements Friday 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, saying she worked to create a safe environment and it pained her to learn that any cast and crew were uncomfortable on her set.

Neither Showtime nor ABC gave a reason for their decisions.

“After weighing a variety of factors, Showtime has decided that ‘SMILF’ will not move forward for a third season,’’ the cable channel’s statement said.

“We remain extremely proud of the two seasons of SMILF, and thank Frankie Shaw for her singular voice and unique creation.’’

“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 to critical acclaim and got two Golden Globe nominations.

AP


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