State lawmakers in Massachusetts are up in arms over the Showtime comedy series “SMILF” and have called for the suspension of the show’s tax credits pending an investigation into the on-set behavior of the show’s star, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
Frankie Shaw, the show’s creator and star, has been accused of inappropriate behavior on the set of the show, which is set in Boston and shoots in Massachusetts. We reported earlier this week that Shaw had addressed the allegations, attributing much of the trouble to her own inexperience.
Producer ABC is investigating the allegations.
“Some local lawmakers and activists are also calling on the state’s Attorney General office to launch a separate and independent investigation into the matter,” THR reports.
A letter to the Massachusetts office of housing and economic development, signed by state Senators Nick Collins and Sonia Chang-Diaz along with about a dozen other state representatives, says: “We write to express our concerns regarding the investigation of ABC’s production, ‘SMILF,’ due to allegations of harassment, civil rights violations and unfair labor practices existing on the show. We do not believe that taxpayers in Massachusetts should be subsidizing this production, especially not until an independent investigation has been completed.”
“The move would impact the show’s most recent second season,” THR notes. “It was filmed in the state in 2018, which means the studio must apply for the tax credits in 2019. Projects that film in the state and spend more than $50,000 in qualified expenditures are eligible to receive a 25 percent tax credit.”