Frankie was in attendance yesterday at the For Your Consideration Showtime event for SMILF with Rosie and Connie. She looked lovely at the event. I can’t wait for season 2! Enjoy.
Variety and PBS SoCal KOCE have announced the lineup for the eighth season of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.”
The Emmy Award-winning series will air in two episodes on PBS SoCal KOCE, the first on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. and the second on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. Both episodes will stream on pbssocal.org following their premieres.
Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”) with Sara Gilbert (“Roseanne”) is listed.
“There’s no better way to celebrate another groundbreaking season of television than with our ‘Actors on Actors’ franchise,” said Debra Birnbaum, Variety’s executive TV editor. “We’re proud to shine a light on this year’s most remarkable performances with this series of revealing, one-on-one conversations. And we’re thrilled as always to partner with PBS SoCal to share this content with their audience.”
Variety’s “Actors on Actors” issue will hit newsstands June 5 with clips appearing on Variety.com starting at the beginning of June. On Variety and Variety.com, this year’s Actors on Actors will be presented by Shutterstock.
“Southern California’s creative industry inspires and excites our PBS audiences like few others. And this season of ‘Actors on Actors’ is sure to please, with compelling conversations between some of today’s most popular protagonists,” said Andrew Russell, president and CEO of PBS SoCal. “It’s terrific to team with Variety to produce and share ‘Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.’”
“I feel that it is so similar – the process of being a single mom with a young child and creating and running a TV show – there is almost no difference,” SMILF creator, showrunner and star Frankie Shaw says in the first installment of Deadline’s second season of Next Generation TV. “You are thinking about the show and the stories at every moment of the day, even when you are not thinking about it,” adds the Golden Globe nominee.
Based on Shaw’s 2015 Sundance Film Festival short film jury-award winner, SMILF debuted in November with some of the best comedy numbers Showtime has seen in years. Co-starring a top-notch Rosie O’Donnell and Connie Britton, the Boston-based series shines an honest spotlight on the struggles, successes, sexual abuse and sensibilities of Bridgette, the twentysomething single mom portrayed by Shaw.
It is a spotlight you can’t look away from, even when it goes to some dark places. That is why SMILF was one of my Top 10 New Shows of 2017. On November 29 last year, Showtime renewed SMILF for a well-deserved second season, which is expected to premiere later this year or in early 2019.
“So this season is let’s take all the risks and let’s be as ambitious as we can,” Shaw says about the aim of Season 2, now in the writing phase. “We’re just going deeper in the areas that we started with in Season 1, but now you guys know the characters, you know the world, so we’re experimenting a little bit more, taking more risks.”
Not that Season 1 wasn’t full of risks – and I don’t just mean that title that made more than a few people uncomfortable. In her focus on Bridgette, O’Donnell’s mother character and others, Shaw turned to some harsh economic, social, racial and psychological realities – including the sexual abuse of children.
“It is one of the hardest things for people to talk about openly because of the history of shame and stigma, and …the self-blame and the fact that women forever and men were not believed,” the Mr. Robot alum says of the topic and her approach to it. “One of the things I was talking about with the network and with the writers is that it’s showing the darkest parts of humanity, especially childhood abuse, childhood sexual abuse. So, it was important that we made it OK for the audience to laugh with us and to feel with us.”
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Sorry for the lack of updates. Frankie made an appearance last week at the Deadline’s Emmy Contenders Event and Panel. I’ve added photos from the event as well as a photo session and additions to her SXSW appearance. Big thanks to Sara from our sister site Samara Weaving NET for most of these. Enjoy!
Third up on ABC Studios’ Contenders Emmys panel was SMILF creator-star Frankie Shaw, who cultivated the Showtime series out of a short film she directed.
Speaking to moderator Michael Ausiello of TVLine, Shaw teased what’s to come in the 10-episode second season of the often-surreal, lyrical series, following the dating escapades of a single mother. “This season gets weirder and darker,” she said. “We’re dealing with identity and the masks we wear to present ourselves to the world. And who are we when we take the mask off? We’re two months into the writers room, and we start shooting this summer in Boston.”
During the panel, Shaw discussed the hoops she had to jump through to gain the network’s trust and maintain authorship over her own series, as well as the exciting level of opportunity available for creators in today’s entertainment climate. “It was like baby steps, and I feel like I kept having to prove myself. It wasn’t carte blanche from the beginning,” Shaw said of her relationship with Showtime. “[But] they’re very collaborative at Showtime—they’re incredible for trusting me and giving me this opportunity.”
“I feel like at no other time in history would I have been given a show like this on a premium cable network,” the actress continued, touching also on her love of directing, and Rosie O’Donnell’s standout work on the series. “It’s an amazing time we’re all in.”
I’ve added HD screencaps of Frankie from her appearance in the 2016 film Dreamland. Thanks to my friend Kayla for her help. Be sure to check out the film. Enjoy the photos.
ATX Television Festival announced Thursday another wave of programming for its seventh year of the festival.
Joining the festival’s line-up a screening of the second season finale of IFC’s “Brockmire.” In addition, executive producer and star Hank Azaria will be in attendance for a panel discussion alongside writer-executive producer Joel Church-Cooper and cast member Tyrel Jackson Williams.
Robert and Michelle King will take part in an “in-depth conversation” panel, discussing their creative partnership and collaboration on the three series they created for CBS and CBS All Access (“The Good Wife,” “BrainDead” and “The Good Fight”). The Kings will also join other panel conversations, which will be announced at a later date.
And Showtime will present “Storytelling with Tenacity,” a panel featuring the powerhouse women in front of and behind the camera on a handful of their series. Frankie Shaw, the creator, director, executive producer and star of “SMILF” will attend, as will Sarah Treem, who created and executive produces “The Affair” and Emmy Rossum, star and sometime director of “Shameless.” The women on this panel will discuss their various roles on their respective shows and the ways in which they are working to move the industry forward.
This wave of programming joins the previously announced opening night premiere of HBO’s “Sharp Objects,” as well as screenings and panels for shows that include “Take My Wife,” “The Bold Type,” “Queen Sugar,” “Love Is___” and Blown Deadline.
“Queen Sugar’s” panel will include executive producer Kat Candler and cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe. The panel for “Love Is___” will include creators and executive producers Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil and stars Will Catlett and Michele Weaver.
This year’s ATX Television Festival will take place June 7-10 in Austin, Texas.
Frankie was in attendance at the SXSW Showtime Conference. I’ve added a few photos to the gallery. I can’t wait for season two of SMILF. Enjoy!
I’ve added HD screencaps of Frankie from her appearance on Glory Daze to the gallery. Enjoy!
I’ve added and replaced over 100 high quality photos in the gallery of Frankie from season one of SMILF. These images were episode stills and promotional images. I can’t wait for season 2! Enjoy.
SMILF: 1×01 “A Box of Dunkies and Two Squirts of Maple Syrup” Stills
SMILF: 1×02 “1,800 Filet-O-Fishes & One Small Diet Coke” Stills
SMILF: 1×03 “Half a Sheet Cake & a Blue-Raspberry Slushie” Stills
SMILF: 1×04 “Deep-Dish Pizza & a Shot of Holy Water” Stills
SMILF: 1×05 “Run, Bridgette, Run or Forty-Eight Burnt Cupcakes & Graveyard Rum” Stills
SMILF: 1×06 “Chocolate Pudding & a Cooler of Gatorade” Stills
SMILF: 1×07 “Family-Sized Popcorn & a Can of Wine” Stills
SMILF: 1×08 “Mark’s Lunch & Two Cups of Coffee” Stills