A comedy series has been canceled after the show became bogged down in controversy over 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” after two seasons.
Additionally, ABC Studios, which produces the series, announced that it has suspended its development deal with Shaw. Neither ABC Studios nor Showtime provided a reason for the moves.
“The dual announcements Friday came after a December story in The Hollywood Reporter that detailed allegations of abusive on-set behavior and violations of industry rules by Shaw, who also directs some episodes of the show,” the AP reports. “Shaw denied the allegations, saying she worked to create a safe environment and it pained her to learn that any cast and crew were uncomfortable on her set.”
In a statement, Showtime said: “After weighing a variety of factors, Showtime has decided that ‘SMILF’ will not move forward for a third season. We remain extremely proud of the two seasons of ‘SMILF,’ and thank Frankie Shaw for her singular voice and unique creation.”
ABC Studios, where Shaw signed a two-year development deal last summer, has been investigating reports of problems on the set of the show. The studio issued a brief statement saying: “Frankie Shaw’s overall deal with ABC Studios has been suspended without pay while we review our options.”