10:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
Rosie O'Donnell Plots TV Return With Showtime Pilot 'SMILF'
How odd and slightly funny that Rosie O'Donnell lines up her next gig the same day that her media nemesis, Donald Trump, gets elected to the highest office in the land. The comedian and actress is set to star in a Showtime pilot.
In what could be her first regular series gig ever, O'Donnell joins Frankie Shaw's SMILF — an adaptation of her own Sundance short of the same name. SMILF, set to start shooting in Boston soon, is a semi-autobigraphical comedy that Shaw will star in, write and produce. O'Donnell will play Tutu, the mother to Shaw's character. She is described as "unapologetically herself and completely oblivious to social convention."
Showtime announced it would produce the SMILF pilot back in August. Like the short it's based on, it will follow a 20-something Bridgette, navigating the relationship, sex and career issues that come with being a single mother.
Joining Shaw and O'Donnell in the cast are Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman (School of Rock), Quantico actor Graham Rogers and newcomer Kyle Vincent Terry. The pilot is being produced by ABC Signature Studios in association with Showtime.
While series regular status would be a new thing for O'Donnell, she is no stranger to TV. Recent recurring roles include those on Mom and The Fosters. She'll also appear in NBC's upcoming staging of the musical Hairspray.
O'Donnell is repped by WME and 3 Arts.