SMILF Boss Frankie Shaw Investigated Over Misconduct Claims


SMILF Season 2 is slated to launch next month, but the show’s star, creator, writer, and director Frankie Shaw has been investigated over abusive on-set behavior, according to The Hollywood Reporter

The bombshell report states that it has all paved the way for one of the show’s stars to exit the series after SMILF Season 2. 

That actress is Samara Weaving who plays Nelson Rose on the hit Showtime comedy. Nelson was under the impression that a sex scene for the series would be shot on a closed set, and that monitors would be switched off. 

However, it is alleged that Shaw instructed the monitors to be switched on, and Weaving was apparently unaware of them being turned on until she found out after the filming of the scene was over. 

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The actress turned to Disney and SAG-AFTRA in the aftermath with a complaint about what was going on throughout the production of the critically acclaimed show. 

The report also states that Weaving had an issue during the production of SMILF Season 1 in which she had a no-nudity contract, and there was apparently an incident on the set in which Shaw took Weaving into a trailer and complained about her not wanting to do nude scenes. 

Rosie O’Donnell went on to turn to Showtime and a producer of the series because she was concerned about what was going on. 

But a statement was later issued on behalf of O’Donnell in which she praised Shaw for being “an immensely gifted young talent,” and adding that “I love acting on SMILF.”

Another big topic in the explosive report focused on writers who allegedly complained to the Writers Guild of America about black and white writers being placed in different rooms.  

In a statement to THR, Shaw said, “I work daily to create an environment in which everyone should feel safe, and in which I can continue to grow as a leader and manager.”

“I am now and always have been open to hearing and addressing all concerns and issues that fall within my control. It pains me to learn that anyone felt uncomfortable on my set.”

“I sincerely hope we can work together to resolve any and all issues, as I am committed to creating a workplace in which all people feel safe and heard.”

ABC Studios also issued a statement a statement on the matter, insisting that it is “committed to a safe work environment, and when we are made aware of issues we address them appropriately.”

“Complaints were brought to our attention after season two production wrapped, and we are investigating. We will take appropriate steps going forward if season three is ordered.”

Related: SMILF Season 1 Episode 8 Review: Mark’s Lunch

SMILF started its life as a short film, but Showtime swooped in to order a series adaptation of it. After launching in November 2017, it won praise from critics and went on to garner two nods at the 75th Golden Globe Awards. 

It’s unclear whether this report will affect the previously announced premiere date of January 20 for the new episodes, but time will tell. 

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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