Frankie Shaw to Adapt Short Film 'SMILF' as Showtime Comedy Pilot

The 'Office' duo of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will exec produce the ABC Studios pilot starring the 'Mr. Robot' favorite alongside Michael London.
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Frankie Shaw

Frankie Shaw is bringing her short film SMILF to Showtime.

The pay cabler has ordered a pilot based on the comedic short starring, written, produced and directed by Shaw, it was announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour.

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 motherhood.

The pilot will be produced by ABC Signature — the cable-focused arm of ABC Studios — and is a co-production with Showtime.

Sideways' Michael London will executive produce the semi-autobiographical comedy alongside the Office duo of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, whose credits also include ABC's Trophy Wife.

SMILF premiered at Sundance in 2015 and went on to win the festival's Jury Award that year. Shaw also wrote and directed the 2016 short Too Legit, starring Zoe Kravitz, which premiered at Sundance in January. She recently wrapped a supporting role in feature Stronger. Her TV credits include Mr. Robot, Mulaney, Hello Ladies and Mixology. Shaw is repped by UTA.

For Showtime, SMILF marks its latest pilot pickup. The premium cabler also is readying a comedic anthology from Jason Katims, a Common/Lena Waithe drama and White Famous from Jamie Foxx. 

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