Showtime continues to add names to their new comedy series SMILF, signing Connie Britton (Nashville, Friday Night Lights) to a prime recurring role in the series adaptation of Frankie Shaw‘s semi-autobiographical short film from 2015. But Britton isn’t alone: Raven Goodwin (Being Mary Jane, Snatched) and Mark Webber (The Laramie Project, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) have also been cast recurring roles on the series.
Based on her 2015 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award-winning short film, Shaw stars, writes, produces and directs the semi-autobiographical, Boston-based comedy series. SMILF takes a raw, honest and comedic look at a 20-something woman from Southie named Bridgette (Shaw) whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of being a young single mother.
Britton has signed on to play Ally, Bridgette’s unstable boss who struggles with boundary issues and finds herself constantly trying to self-improve. Goodwin is coming on board as Eliza, Bridgette’s best friend and (sometimes) roommate who’s enrolled in pharmacy school, while Webber will portray Father Eddie, a sober priest who runs a Catholic Parish in South Boston. They will be joining a cast that also includes Miguel Gomez (The Strain) as Rafi, a recovering addict and ex-boyfriend to Bridgette and father of her 2-year-old son; and Samara Weaving (Ash vs. Evil Dead) as Nelson Rose, a recent college graduate with a skyrocketing career as a sportscaster who’s fallen in love with Rafi and looks at him as her new “pet project.”
ABC Signature Studios and Showtime will be co-producing the series, with Michael London, Janice Williams, Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky and Scott King executive producing the project.
SMILF premieres Sunday, November 5 at 10 p.m. EST, following Shameless‘s season premiere at 9 p.m. EST.
Here’s the first official teaser trailer for the series:
“The official teaser trailer for the SHOWTIME original series SMILF. From Frankie Shaw, SMILF takes a raw and honest comedic look at a single, 20-something from Southie whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood. Don’t miss the series premiere of SMILF on Sunday, November 5th at 10PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME.”