Former talk show host and comedian, Rosie O’Donnell has joined the cast of Showtime’s comedy pilot SMILF. The project is based on Frankie Shaw’s short film which took home the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance.
Shaw is writing and directing the pilot which is set in Boston and takes a raw look at Bridgette, a single twentysomething, whose desire for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of being a young, single mother. Shaw will play Bridgette.
O’Donnell has been cast as Bridgette’s mother, Tutu, a woman who is unapologetically herself and oblivious to appropriate social behavior. If the series receives a season order O’Donnell would be a regular. Tutu routinely shows up for her daughter and grandson, though it may not always be to Bridgette’s liking.
Other pilot guest stars include Alex Brightman, as a former high school classmate of Bridgette who still carries a crush on her, Kyle Vincent Terry as a potential love interest, and Graham Rogers as an eager film student. The rest of the cast includes Samara Weaving and Ismael Cruz Cordova.
The project is produced by ABC Signature Studios.
O’Donnell is best known for her work as an Emmy award-winning talk show host on her self-titled show and The View. More recently she has appeared on Freeform’s The Fosters and the CBS comedy Mom.
Emily J | Staff Writer