At the Television Critics’ Association press event, upcoming SMILF and White Famous series teaser trailers were released by Showtime. Release dates for the new shows and Shameless season 8 was also done. SMILF is to premiere on November 5 following that of Shameless. The White Famous premieres on October 15.
The SMILF series will have an honest look at a single, 20-something from Southie, called Bridgette (Frankie Shaw), whose career, relationship and sex desires conflict with the actuality of young and single motherhood. The semi-autobiographical comedy will be starred, written, produced and written by Shaw, together with Michael London (Oscar nominee), Emmy nominees Janice Williams, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and Scott King as the executive producer. Rosie O’Donnell, multiple Emmy winner, will co-star as Tutu, Bridgette’s haughty Southie mother living by her own rules.
In White Famous, Jay Pharaoh is a young talented comedian Floyd Mooney, who’s becoming famous, and works to retain his credibility as he begins to becomes “white famous.” A co-production of Lionsgate Television and Showtime, the series is the collaboration between writer and showrunner Tom Kapinos, the executive producer, and Foxx, executive producer and guest star in a recurring role. Utkarsh Ambudkar acts Malcolm, Floyd’s agitated agent who wants Malcolm to make it big by any means. Floyd’s ex-girlfriend (Cleopatra Coleman) Sadie his love and mother to his son, acted by Lonnie Chavis. Jacob Ming-Trent acts as Ron Balls, Floyd’s roommate who amidst chaos remains reasonable. Stephen Tobolowsky will guest star in the series’ pilot. Lyndon Smith Meagan Good, Michael Rapaport Jack Davenport, Natalie Zea and Kendrick Sampson will be additional guest stars for the season.
Shameless Season 8 finds the Gallaghers on an upward swing – Frank resolves to be a contributing member of society just fresh from a drug-induced haze, whereas Fiona struggles upon discovering someone’s misfortune may mean her success as a landlord. (Jeremy Allen White) Lip, struggles with unforeseen sacrifices necessary to remain sober, meanwhile, Ian (Cameron Monaghan) works in hopes to back with Trevor.
Debbie (Emma Kenney) juggles life as a single working mother while working on building a future at welding institution, as Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) becomes creative finding tuition money after losing his scholarship. Meanwhile, Liam (Christian Isaiah) determines just how unusual the Gallaghers are from the other families of his rich Mercedes driving classmates as Frank educates him on “sticking it to the man”.