Showtime has ordered a new comedy pilot based on Frankie Shaw’s short film “SMILF,” which won the Sundance Film Festival’s Jury Award in 2015. Shaw will star, write, produce and direct the semi-autobiographical pilot, with”Sideways” producer Michael London, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky executive producing. “SMILF” will take a raw look at a single, 20-something whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood. The pilot will be produced by ABC Signature as a co-production with Showtime.
The announcement was made by David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc. at the 2016 Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour.
Frankie Shaw is a Boston-born writer, actress, director and producer currently based in Los Angeles. She starred in the original short alongside “Silicon Valley’s” Thomas Middleditch. Shaw also wrote and directed the 2016 short “Too Legit” starring Zoe Kravitz, which premiered at Sundance in 2016. She also recently wrapped a supporting role in the feature film “Stronger” directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.