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Premieres Sunday, November 5 at 10 PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME
SMILF tells the semi-autobiographical tale of Southie native “Bridgette Bird” (Frankie Shaw), a working-class single mom struggling to give her three-year-old son “Larry Bird” (yes, like the basketball player) the best life she can – or at least a step up from her own. Adapting her Sundance Jury Prize winning short film, Shaw executive produces, writes, directs and stars in this raw look at the challenges of doing it on your own, particularly when you aren’t done growing up yourself. Bridgette juggles many part-time jobs (while harboring secret longings to play professional basketball) to make ends meet. The show explores issues of generational dysfunction, class, race, politics, sexual violence, co-parenting and above all, the possibility for a young broke single mom to dream of something better.
Multiple Emmy® winner Rosie O’Donnell co-stars in her first regular television series role as “Tutu,” Bridgette’s stubborn mom who fetishizes “the way things used to be,” yet suffers from her own long-buried emotional trauma. Miguel Gomez plays Bridgette's ex and baby daddy “Rafi,” a recovering addict with a never-ending supply of good will and get-rich-quick schemes. His new relationship with the glamorous, always on-trend sportscaster “Nelson Rose Taylor” (Samara Weaving) provides a new source of conflict in their otherwise functional co-parenting relationship. Connie Britton guest stars as Bridgette’s unstable boss “Ally,” who struggles with boundary issues and a crippling desire for self-betterment. Additional guest stars include Raven Goodwin as Bridgette’s level-headed, real-talking best friend Eliza, Kimberley Crossman as “Kit-Cat” and Mark Webber as “Father Eddie,” a parish priest with a genuine, borderline unhealthy love for Bridgette’s entire family.