Showtime has canceled the comedy collection “SMILF” after two seasons, and ABC studios, which produces the present, has suspended a improvement cope with its creator, star and govt producer Frankie Shaw.
The twin bulletins Friday got here after a December story in The Hollywood Reporter that detailed allegations of abusive on-set habits and violations of business guidelines by Shaw, who additionally directs some episodes of the present. Shaw denied the allegations, saying she labored to create a secure atmosphere and it pained her to be taught that any solid and crew have been uncomfortable on her set.
Neither Showtime nor ABC gave a cause for his or her selections.
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“After weighing a wide range of elements, Showtime has determined that ‘SMILF’ is not going to transfer ahead for a 3rd season,” the cable channel’s assertion mentioned. “We stay extraordinarily happy with the 2 seasons of SMILF, and thank Frankie Shaw for her singular voice and distinctive creation.”
Showtime will proceed to air the second season by means of its March 31 finale.
Final summer season, Shaw signed a two-year improvement cope with ABC Studios, which has been investigating the reviews of on-set issues.
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In a short assertion, the studio mentioned, “Frankie Shaw’s general cope with ABC Studios has been suspended with out pay whereas we evaluate our choices.”
In her personal assertion, Shaw mentioned, “I am unable to specific how a lot I’ve beloved making this present, how a lot I really like the solid and crew and respect Showtime and ABC as inventive companions.”
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“SMILF,” which options Shaw as a down-on-her-luck single mother in Boston with a solid that features Rosie O’Donnell and Connie Britton, was constructed on a brief movie Shaw confirmed on the 2015 Sundance Movie Competition.
It premiered in 2017 to vital acclaim and obtained two Golden Globe nominations.
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However allegations from solid and crew emerged in The Hollywood Reporter story, all denied by Shaw, together with the mishandling of intercourse scenes that breached actors’ contracts and separating writers by race.