Showtime confirmed this week that four-time Emmy nominated actress Connie Britton (Nashville, Friday Night Lights) will appear in a multi-episode guest arc on the half-hour comedy series SMILF. The series stars writer, director and executive producer Frankie Shaw (Mr. Robot). Britton will play 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. SMILF will premiere on Sunday, November 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, following the 9 p.m. ET/PT season premiere that night of the Showtime hit series “Shameless”. A few other confirmed castings were announced today, ahead of the season premiere.
Britton has received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her performances on Nashville, American Horror Story and Friday Night Lights, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Nashville. Her other top screen credits include American Crime Story, 24, Spin City and The Brothers McMullen.
In addition, two other SMILF roles have been cast. Raven Goodwin (Being Mary Jane) will recur as Eliza, Bridgette’s best friend and sometimes roommate who’s in pharmacy school. Eliza and Bridgette’s ties run deep as Eliza is allowed to let go of her perfectionist tendencies when she’s with her messy friend. Goodwin has also appeared in such films as Snatched and television series as Glee, Good Luck Charlie and Huge. Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) will also recur as Father Eddie, a sober priest who runs a Catholic Parish in South Boston. Webber’s other credits include Happy Christmas and The Laramie Project.
SMILF will take a raw and honest comedic look at a single, 20-something from Southie, Bridgette (Frankie Shaw), whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood. Adapting her Sundance Film Festival Jury award-winning short film, Shaw will star, write, produce and direct the semi-autobiographical comedy, with Oscar nominee Michael London (Sideways), Emmy nominees Janice Williams (Confirmation), Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office, Bad Teacher), and Scott King (Difficult People) executive producing. Multiple Emmy winner Rosie O’Donnell will co-star in her first series regular TV role as Tutu, Bridgette’s prideful Southie mother who lives by her own set of rules. The series is produced by ABC Signature Studios as a co-production with Showtime