Showtime Cancels ‘SMILF’ Amid Misconduct Allegations Against Star Frankie Shaw

AceShowbiz -“SMILF” has been canceled by Showtime after airing for two seasons. The network decides to pull the plug on the Golden Globe-nominated comedy after series creator and star Frankie Shaw was accused of on-set misconduct.

“After weighing a variety of factors, Showtime has decided that SMILF will not move forward for a third season,” the network announced in a statement on Friday, March 8. “The remainder of the second season will continue to air as scheduled on Showtime through its series finale on March 31.”

The network continued, “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.”

It was also revealed that Shaw’s overall deal with ABC Studios, which produced the series, had been suspended in the wake of the allegations. “Frankie Shaw’s overall deal with ABC Studios has been suspended without pay while we review our options,” a studio spokesperson said in a statement.

Shaw also released a statement of her own, 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.”

Back in December, numerous employees of the half-hour comedy accused Shaws of “completely unprofessional” behavior and claimed that Shaw inappropriately handled sex scenes. Additionally, actress Samara Weaving left the comedy as she stated that her contract was breached during the filming of a sex scene in the second season.

Multiple staffers also took their complains regarding credit issues and alleged race-based separation on the production. “These allegations are serious and disturbing,” said Massachusetts state senator Nick Collins. “Massachusetts taxpayers cannot subsidize segregation and discrimination; unfair labor practice and harassment. That’s why my colleagues and I are calling for the State to withhold any tax credits that this production is eligible for, until an independent investigation by the proper authorities has taken place.”

“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 following the allegations. “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.”

Created, written and directed by Shaw, “SMILF” centered on Bridgette, a smart, young single mom living in South Bosto. She is trying to navigate life with a very unconventional family as she struggles to make ends meet. She trives to create a better life for her son, Larry, and often finds herself making impulsive and immature decisions.

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