SMILF, Co-Starring Rosie O'Donnell, Ordered to Series at Showtime

Here’s one TV show President Donald Trump won’t be watching: Showtime has ordered to series the half-hour comedy SMILF, co-starring Rosie O’Donnell.

Based on the Sundance Jury Award-winning short film of the same name, SMILF stars Frankie Shaw (Mr. Robot) as Bridgette, a twentysomething from the south side of Boston “whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood,” per the network synopsis. O’Donnell will play Tutu, Bridgette’s mother, who is described as “completely oblivious to social convention.”

Shaw — whose TV credits also include Good Girls Revolt, Mixology and Blue Mountain State — will write, produce and direct the semi-autobiographical, 10-episode comedy, which is set to debut this fall. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office), Janice Williams (Confirmation) and Michael London (Sideways) are set as EPs.

O’Donnell’s last series regular gig came on the short-lived Fox sitcom Stand By Your Man in 1992. She also recurred on the final season of Gimme a Break back in 1986.

Will you make room on your DVRs for SMILF this fall?

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  1. Maria says:

    I don’t subscribe to cable. Yay me!!

  2. Piers says:

    I saw Rosie in an episode of Hollywood Game Night this week. What a rude, obnoxious bully she is. I’ll never willingly watch anything she’s in from now on.

  3. Ian says:

    But like… why are all these basic women getting shows these days? Who is Frankie Shaw?
    Do we need another Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Mindy Project, Girls, Better Things, and the list goes on?
    Why don’t the big cablers give more diverse perspectives these stages again and not just “female.” Noah’s Arc was over 10 years ago, and Looking got it wrong. I want to be able to identify with another creator-star that’s actually getting produced, please. I don’t need to see Ms. Shaw give herself hot love interests and sex partners and try to feel for her struggles in episode chunks every week.
    (I felt a rant. Heh.)

    • Vanessa says:

      What’s so similar about the shows you listed other than the fact that they all star and/or were created by women?

  4. pickles says:


  5. HAP says:

    SMILF is an acronym that kinda dirty.

  6. steven says:

    Yep. One show that Donald Trump won’t be watching, and nobody else will either.

  7. ragnar51 says:

    “. O’Donnell will play Tutu, Bridgette’s mother, who is described as “completely oblivious to social convention.”

    Well, they got that part right at least!

  8. Larc says:

    Rosie O’Donnell? TV Line will need to start a new column: What NOT to Watch.

  9. Fabrizia says:


  10. Trevor L says:

    Frankie was great in Mr. Robot. Hopefully Rosie has only a minor roll.

  11. lrdslvrhnd says:

    So the “S” stands for “Single”? *whew* I was thinking “Step” and boy wouldn’t that raise all sorts of awkwardness…

  12. Greta Miller says:

    Rose has been a regular on The Fosters, for several years now. Altho I haven’t seen her this year, that doesn’t mean she won’t be back.