Showtime has given a pilot order to SMILF, a comedy based on Frankie Shaw’s short that won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance last year. Shaw is writing, directing, producing and starring in the semi-autobiographical project, which originally was bought by Showtime for development in spring 2015. Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky and Michael London executive produce.
Originally developed by Shaw and London, SMILF is set in Boston and takes a raw look at a single twentysomething (Shaw) whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of being a young single mother.
ABC Signature, where Eisenberg & Stupnitsky have had a deal, is co-producing with Showtime.
The pay cable network has been stepping up its comedy development efforts as all of its established half-hour series have ended their runs over the past year or so, including Nurse Jackie, Californication, House of Lies and Episodes, which is heading into its final season. The network debuted Dice this year, picked up to series I’m Dying Up There and has two more half-hour pilots in the works: Mating and White Famous.
Boston-born Shaw wrote, directed as well as starred opposite Thomas Middleditch in the 9-minute SMILF short. Shaw also wrote and directed the 2016 short Too Legit starring Zoe Kravitz, which premiered at Sundance in January. She recently wrapped a supporting role in the feature film Stronger directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Shaw is repped by UTA. Eisenberg & Stupnitsky are repped by WME and Mosaic. London is repped by WME.