Showtime will not be renewing SMILF for a third season.
The news comes after reports that ABC Studios, had opened an investigation into series creator, star and showrunner Frankie Shaw.
Australian actress Samara Weaving reportedly raised concerns to fellow cast member Rosie O’Donnell and one of the show’s directors after being asked to perform a sex scene in the nude with co-star Miguel Gomez during production on season two.
Weaving also claimed that she had been made uncomfortable by Shaw’s behaviour during production of a similar scene in the SMILF‘s first season. Weaving had a no-nudity clause in her contract.
“After weighing a variety of factors, Showtime has decided that SMILF will not move forward for a third season. The remainder of the second season will continue to air as scheduled on Showtime through its series finale on March 31. We remain extremely proud of the two seasons of SMILF, and thank Frankie Shaw for her singular voice and unique creation, as well as the dozens of writers, producers, actors, directors and crew members both in Los Angeles and on location in Boston, who contributed to this exceptional series,” Showtime said in a statement.
ABC Studios, which had an overall deal with Shaw, has also suspended its deal with Shaw.
“Frankie Shaw’s overall deal with ABC Studios has been suspended without pay while we review our options,” an ABC Studios spokesperson said.
Shaw said, “I can’t express how much I’ve loved making this show, how much I love the cast and crew and appreciate Showtime and ABC as creative partners.”
SMILF screens in Australia on Stan.