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Showtime Orders New Comedy Based on Short Film ‘SMILF’

New Series Expected to Debut in 2017

Showtime has ordered a new comedy pilot based on Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Film Festival Jury Award-winning short film “SMILF. Shaw will star, write, produce and direct the semi-autobiographical pilot, with Michael London (“Sideways”), and Emmy nominees Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (“The Office,” “Bad Teacher”) executive producing.

The scoop: Set in Boston, “SMILF” will take a raw look at a single, 20-something whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood. The pilot will be produced by ABC Signature as a co-production with SHOWTIME.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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