The cancelation of Frankie Shaw's Showtime series is an "across the board" bummer, but a necessary one, says Lea Palmieri. "It’s a bummer for Shaw, yes, who could see her 'singular vision' applied to this singular project, and best case, learns an incredibly necessary lesson," she says. "And it’s a bummer for not only (accuser Samara) Weaving and others involved in the on-set events in question, but that this show, one that was responsible for putting so many women both in front of and behind the camera, and one that told the stories of real women, now will have an asterisk placed next to its name. That even the entertainment that felt as thought it was for women and made by women can be problematic, and that’s hard to grapple with. There’s no powerful man to call a 'disgusting pig' or shake our heads at; this time it was one of our kind potentially in the wrong, and that just plain sucks. But it does make the ending of SMILF okay. The second season has felt a bit…lost, whether that’s related or not to the off-screen events."
TOPICS: Frankie Shaw, Showtime, SMILF