‘SMILF’ Creator Frankie Shaw Says She “Loved Making” Now Canceled Series

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‘SMILF’ Canceled by Showtime After 2 Seasons

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“SMILF” won’t be getting a third season, Showtime announced Friday. The show, created by and starring Frankie Shaw, is currently in its second season on the network.

“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,” Showtime said in a statement. “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.”

In a separate statement, a spokesperson for ABC Studios, “SMILF,” said that its overall deal with Shaw “has been suspended without pay while we review our options.” No information was provided as to why the deal has been suspended; Shaw and ABC Studios struck the deal last July.

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In December, Shaw came under scrutiny after Samara Weaving, a series regular on the first two seasons of “SMILF,” left the show after filing a complaint with producers and the network about the way the show handled the filming of a sex scene. A human resources investigation subsequently conducted by ABC Studios with Shaw’s full cooperation found no evidence of misconduct. The investigation is still ongoing.

Weaving complained about being asked to perform a nude sex scene and that while speaking with O’Donnell had mentioned she was made uncomfortable by Shaw’s behavior during a similar scene in the first season, according to the individual.

“ABC Studios is committed to a safe work environment and when we are made aware of issues we address them appropriately,” the studio said in a statement at the time. “Complaints were brought to our attention after season two production wrapped, and we are investigating. We will take appropriate steps going forward if season three is ordered.”

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‘SMILF’ Creator Frankie Shaw, Star Rosie O’Donnell Address Misconduct Accusations (Video)

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“SMILF” creator Frankie Shaw and co-star Rosie O’Donnell appeared on “Today” on Wednesday and addressed the accusations of misconduct on the set of the Showtime comedy.

“This was my first time doing this job,” Shaw said. “We moved fast, and I was learning on the go. I’m just really grateful that I can take these lessons and be more of an aware and attuned showrunner moving forward.”

Shaw came under scrutiny last month after Samara Weaving, a series regular on the first two seasons of “SMILF,” left the show after filing a complaint with producers and the network about the way the show handled the filming of a sex scene.

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A human resources investigation subsequently conducted by ABC Studios with Shaw’s full cooperation found no evidence of misconduct.

“There’s a family feel on the set,” O’Donnell said during the appearance. “The great thing about Frankie is she addressed the stuff and the network did, and everybody’s okay.”

Weaving was released from her contract at her request and will not return to the show, should it be picked up for a third season. Season 2 is set to premiere on Sunday, Jan. 20.

“I work daily to create an environment in which everyone should feel safe, and in which I can continue to grow as a leader and manager,” Shaw said in a statement following the investigation’s conclusion. “I am now and always have been open to hearing and addressing all concerns and issues that fall within my control. It pains me to learn that anyone felt uncomfortable on my set. I sincerely hope we can work together to resolve any and all issues, as I am committed to creating a workplace in which all people feel safe and heard.”

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Frankie Shaw Investigation Won’t Delay ‘SMILF’ Season 2 Debut On Showtime

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‘SMILF’ Creator Frankie Shaw Cleared After ABC Studios Investigation Over Misconduct Accusations

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ABC Studios has cleared Showtime’s “SMILF” creator and star Frankie Shaw following an investigation into an accusation of misconduct, TheWrap has learned.

Shaw’s behavior was under review due to a complaint made by Samara Weaving (above left), a series regular on the first two seasons of “SMILF,” to a director and fellow series star Rosie O’Donnell, according to an individual with knowledge of the investigation.

Weaving — who plays Nelson Rose, the love interest of Rafi (Miguel Gomez), the father of Shaw’s character’s young son — complained about being asked to perform a nude sex scene and that while speaking with O’Donnell had mentioned she was made uncomfortable by Shaw’s behavior during a similar scene in the first season, according to the individual.

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Weaving and Gomez, who was also in the Season 2 scene, were eventually told they could film the scene in their underwear, the individual added.

O’Donnell disclosed Weaving’s complaint to an exec at Showtime, who took it to compliance officials at ABC Studios (the show’s production house), according to the individual. A human resources investigation was then conducted at ABC Studios, with Shaw’s full cooperation, and she was cleared of personal wrongdoing, according to multiple knowledgeable individuals.

Weaving was released from her contract at her request and will not return to the show, should it be picked up for a third season, the individual said.

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ABC Studios, SAG-AFTRA and representatives for O’Donnell and Weaving did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment, and Showtime declined the request.

The Hollywood Reporter published a story Monday referencing Weaving’s incident on “SMILF,” which included accusations made against Shaw “about both credit issues and alleged race-based separation, though no formal grievances have been filed.” Shaw vehemently denies such accusations. ABC has received no such complaints made in regards to any discriminatory behavior, an individual noted.

“I’ve dedicated my career to creating platforms for underrepresented voices — both in front of and behind the lens,” Shaw said in a statement to TheWrap. “That’s why I felt so strongly that at least half of my crew on ‘SMILF’ needed to be female, that we should create an intersectional workplace in which more than a third of writers were women of color, and that it was important I have female shadow directors on set. I am proud of the accomplishments and that all but one of ‘SMILF’s 18 episodes over the first two seasons were directed by women, because these are my values and priorities and I am grateful for the support and contributions of the ‘SMILF’ team in helping me to realize them.”

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“I work daily to create an environment in which everyone should feel safe, and in which I can continue to grow as a leader and manager,” she continued. “I am now and always have been open to hearing and addressing all concerns and issues that fall within my control. It pains me to learn that anyone felt uncomfortable on my set. I sincerely hope we can work together to resolve any and all issues, as I am committed to creating a workplace in which all people feel safe and heard.”

The Writers Guild did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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‘SMILF’ Creator-Star Frankie Shaw Signs 2-Year Overall Deal With ABC Signature Studios

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“SMILF” creator and star Frankie Shaw has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Signature Studios, the company announced Wednesday.

Under the deal with the ABC Studios division, which is primarily focused on cable and streaming, Shaw’s unnamed production banner will develop TV projects for cable, with some additional opportunity in broadcast as well.

As a nod to the origins of “SMILF” as a Sundance award-winning short, the deal also enables Shaw to incubate small projects and films from undiscovered voices as proof of concept. (The film was also a finalist at TheWrap’s 2015 ShortList film festival.)

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“ABC Signature has been an incredible partner in bringing SMILF to life and I’m so excited to take our relationship to the next level,” Shaw said in a statement. “I’m even more grateful for their support in creating a space for new and diverse storytellers.”

“During the journey of developing and producing SMILF with Frankie it quickly became clear that we wanted an ongoing partnership to help build out her company, brand and vision,” said Tracy Underwood, senior vice president of ABC Signature Studios. “She’s such a brilliant artist with a singular point of view while also proving to be an ambitious, taste making producer. “

The ABC Signature-produced “SMILF” is currently in production on its second season.

Co-starring Rosie O’Donnell and Connie Britton, the show earned two nominations at the 2018 Golden Globes, one for best comedy series and a lead actress nod for Shaw.

Shaw is repped by UTA and Karl Austen.

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Roseanne Barr Almost Co-Starred in ‘SMILF’

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Before her short-lived “Roseanne” revival was picked up to series, Roseanne Barr was set to star in a different comedy series, “SMILF.”

Barr was first offered a co-starring part in the Showtime series before the role eventually went to Rosie O’Donnell, creator and star Frankie Shaw revealed on Sunday.

“We did offer Tutu to Roseanne, and she was going to do it and then she broke her knee and had surgery,” Shaw said at a FYC event for the show, according to Variety.

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In the series, which premiered in November, Tutu is the stubborn, bipolar mother of Shaw’s character Bridgette. As a longtime fan of Barr’s, Shaw had the actress in mind when it came to casting, but the accident forced her to scramble to find a replacement at the last minute.

“I was like, ‘You’re my hero, will you play my mom?’” Shaw said, recalling her encounter with Barr. “And she said yes and I went to Boston and then I got this call that she had fallen in a park and had like 45 stitches and wasn’t allowed to travel. I sent her this package and I even wrote the character would be in a scooter. I was like, ‘She’ll be in a scooter, we’ll just scoot you around you won’t even have to walk.’ And her doctor said she can’t fly.”

In hindsight, the short-notice recasting may have worked out in Shaw’s favor now that Barr’s outspoken Twitter presence has had some show-killing consequences.

Last week, ABC swiftly axed “Roseanne” after Barr suggested in a racially-tinted tweet that former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.” In the announcement to cancel the highly rated sitcom, the network called her tweet “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”

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