Though some prep work had already been done for the third season of SMILF, Showtime has opted to cancel the Sunday night comedy series instead.
A dark semi-autobiographical Showtime comedy series, SMILF stars creator, writer, and director Frankie Shaw, with Rosie O’Donnell and Miguel Gomez. In season two, the Showtime cast also includes Samara Weaving, Connie Britton, Raven Goodwin, Melanie Griffith, Sherie Rene Scott, Claudia O’Doherty, Ari Graynor, and Stormy Daniels. The story centers on Bridgette Bird (Shaw), a working class, South Boston single mother, who is striving to provide a better life for her son, Larry Bird (named for the former Boston Celtics player). In the second season, Bridgette continues the search for her own father and tries to spread her wings beyond the streets of Southie.
The second season of SMILF is currently averaging a 0.06 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 201,000 viewers. Compared to season one, that’s down by 66% and 63%, respectively. There are four episodes left in the season.
There were allegations of on-set misconduct brought against Shaw and an investigation was conducted by producer ABC Studios/Signature. The investigation has since concluded and a spokesperson said, “Frankie Shaw’s overall deal with ABC Studios has been suspended without pay while we review our options.”
It’s unclear what led to the show’s cancellation but it seems that it was likely a combination of poor ratings and the investigation.
A statement from Showtime reads, “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. 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.”
Following the cancellation, Shaw said, “I can’t express how much I’ve loved making this show, how much I love the cast and crew and appreciate Showtime as creative partners.” She also posted the following on Instagram:
What do you think? Did you like the SMILF TV show? Are you sorry that there won’t be a third season or, do you think it should be cancelled?