Rosie O’Donnell joins new Showtime pilot ‘SMILF’

Rosie O'Donnell at SiriusXM's Howard Stern Birthday Bash on February 1, 2014. File Photo by Justin Alt/UPI

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) — Rosie O’Donnell has joined the cast of the new Showtime pilot “SMILF.”

The new comedy is based on actress, writer and director Frankie Shaw’s short film of the same name, and co-stars Shaw, Samara Weaving and Cruz Cordova.

“SMILF” centers on Bridgett (Shaw), a 20-something single mom struggling to balance her personal life and career. O’Donnell will play Bridgett’s mom, Tutu, who is “unapologetically herself and completely oblivious to social convention,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

E! News reports Samara Weaving and Cruz Cordova will also star, with Alex Brightman, Kyle Vincent Terry and Graham Rogers as guest stars. Brightman will play a high school friend of Bridgette’s, with Terry as a possible love interest and Rogers as a film student.

Showtime gave a pilot order to “SMILF” in August. The series will reportedly start shooting in Boston in the near future.

O’Donnell will play Tutu as a series regular if the pilot is picked up to series. She last had a recurring role on the Freeform series “The Fosters,” and recently guest starred on the CBS sitcom “Mom.”


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