Two years ago Frankie Shaw created a 9-minute short film based on her life.
The short about a young single mother was honest and funny. It won Short Film Jury Prize: US Fiction at the Sundance Film Festival. You may recognise some of Frankie Shaw’s impressive work such as Blue Mountain State and Mr Robot.
Showtime has now decided to adapt this short into a half-hour TV series. It will have the same theme of a carefree 20-something looking to create a life whilst raising a toddler alone. She craves relationships, sex and successful career but it’s not that easy. Shaw will play herself in the leading role.
Connie Britton has been confirmed to play a recurring role in the show. She is set to play Ally, Shaw’s unstable boss who struggles with boundaries. This will mark the actors return to TV since Nashville. Raven Goodwin (Being Mary Jane) will join the cast playing Shaw’s best friend.
The first teaser of the show has just been released and it looks promising.
Shaw stars, writes, directs and produces the 10-episode semi-autobiographical comedy, with Michael London (Sideways), Janice Williams (Confirmation) and Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office, Bad Teacher) executive producing.
The network just released the trailer for the SMILF series which stars Shaw herself as the main character and will premiere on Showtime November 5th after Shameless.