A comedy series has been canceled following the show became bogged down in controversy more than alleged misconduct on the set by its creator, star and executive producer. The AP reports that Showtime pulled the plug on Frankie Shaw’s “SMILF” following two seasons.
On top of that, ABC Studios, which produces the series, announced that it has suspended its improvement deal with Shaw. Neither ABC Studios nor Showtime offered a explanation for the moves.
“The dual announcements Friday came following a December story in The Hollywood Reporter that detailed allegations of abusive on-set behavior and violations of business guidelines by Shaw, who also directs some episodes of the show,” the AP reports. “Shaw denied the allegations, saying she worked to build a protected atmosphere and it pained her to find out that any cast and crew have been uncomfortable on her set.”
In a statement, Showtime mentioned: “After weighing a wide variety of aspects, Showtime has decided that ‘SMILF’ will not move forward for a third season. We stay particularly proud of the two seasons of ‘SMILF,’ and thank Frankie Shaw for her singular voice and distinctive creation.”
ABC Studios, exactly where Shaw signed a two-year improvement deal final summer season, has been investigating reports of issues on the set of the show. The studio issued a short statement saying: “Frankie Shaw’s general deal with ABC Studios has been suspended without the need of spend even though we overview our selections.”