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Just four episodes into its Season 1 run, SMILF is getting a Season 2 renewal from Showtime. The official Twitter for the series shared the news with fans via video, which can be seen below:
SMILF, which is created, directed by and starring actress Frankie Shaw, tells the tale of a single mother living in South Boston in a comedic way. Described as semi-autobiographical, Shaw's series has gotten some solid reviews in its short run, and had the biggest premiere week for a Showtime comedy since 2012. In addition to Shaw, the series also stars Rosie O'Donnell, Miguel Gomez, Samara Weaving, and Connie Britton.
SMILF originally was a 2014 short film from Frankie Shaw and managed to snag a jury award from Sundance before being developed into a series. Production on Season 2 is reportedly starting next year, and the Season 1 finale for SMILF is set for New Year's Eve. Shaw, who was understandably psyched to hear the news, tweeted her excitement separate from the show's official account and apparently jammed up her editor in the process:
Interestingly enough, SMILF is a rare instance of a series regular role in a television series for actress Rosie O'Donnell. O'Donnell, who has appeared in many films and television shows throughout her career, does not often settle into a scripted television series. But it appears as though she has a home playing Brigette's mother Tutu in the show. Additionally, SMILF is also the new home for up and coming actor and regular on The Strain Miguel Gomez, who first found acclaim for his role in the film Southpaw.
As far as what Season 2 of SMILF will be about is hard to say considering the series is only halfway into its Season 1 run, although the core purpose of the show is to tackle subjects specific to women. This includes topics like eating disorders and sexual abuse which are based on experiences Frankie Shaw has had in her actual life. The stories aren't always 100% true-life, but there are some connections between the storylines of the series and actual events in Shaw's life.
SMILF is all new on Showtime Sunday, December 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET. For a list of other shows arriving in the near future, be sure to visit both our fall premiere guide and midseason premiere guide for some new shows to look out for as the new year approaches. For a list of shows that didn't make the cut in 2017 and got canceled, visit our cancellation guide.