5:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Connie Britton Books First Big Post-'Nashville' TV Role (Exclusive)
More than six months after exiting CMT's Nashville, Connie Britton has booked her return to the small screen.
The Friday Night Lights and Nashville Emmy nominee has booked a sizable role on Showtime's forthcoming comedy SMILF.
Based on Frankie Shaw's short film of the same name, SMILF is set in Boston and 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.
Britton will have a multiple-episode recurring role as Ally, Bridgette's (Shaw) unstable boss who struggles with boundaries and finds herself in constant pursuit of self-betterment. Her expectations for Bridgette's role in her life go far beyond tutoring her kids.
The part marks Britton's first TV role since her Rayna James was killed in ABC-turned-CMT country music drama Nashville. The actress told THR at the time that it was her decision to leave the series as it had been something that was "percolating" since before the series was revived at CMT after ABC canceled the drama.
Ahead of the Nashville shocker, Britton had been fielding multiple pilot offers, including for broadcast comedies, and expressed interest in a TV return that didn't have as "rigorous a schedule" as broadcast television.
SMILF marks a return to half-hour comedy for Britton, whose credits also include four seasons on ABC's Spin City. SMILF also serves as reunion for Britton and Showtime CEO David Nevins, who exec produced Friday Night Lights.
Additionally, Raven Goodwin (Being Mary Jane) will join Britton and recur on SMILF, playing Bridgette's best friend and sometimes roommate who is in pharmacy school. Eliza's and Bridgette’s ties run deep as Eliza is allowed to let go of her perfectionist tendencies when she’s with her messy friend.
Shaw stars, writes, directs and produces the 10-episode semi-autobiographical comedy, with Michael London (Sideways), Janice Williams (Confirmation) and Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office, Bad Teacher) executive producing. Rosie O'Donnell co-stars in the Showtime and ABC Signature Studios co-production. Watch the trailer, below.
SMILF premieres Sunday, Nov. 5 at 10 p.m.
Britton is repped by WME, Untitled and Hansen Jacobson. Goodwin is with Osbrink Talent.