FOX+ Presents a New Exclusive, SMILF

MANILA, Philippines, May 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- FOX+ presents viewers with a new exclusive, SMILF, a raw and insightful look into the life of Bridgette Bird, a single mom and struggling actress. Based on her award-winning short film of the same title, Frankie Shaw writes, directs, and plays Bridgette a feat not many can shoulder, but definitely attests to the heart and soul Shaw devotes to this show.

Frankie Shaw plays Bridgette Bird on SMILF. TM & © 2017 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Frankie Shaw plays Bridgette Bird on SMILF. TM & © 2017 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The first episode drops the viewer right in the middle of the South Boston-set world Bridgette weaves through, toddler in tow, and shows almost immediately one of the most pressing problems that single mother has to deal with: dating. The exchange is painfully uncomfortable and brutal, but the attitude by which Bridgette brushes it off with sets the tone for the entire show: being a single mom tougher than most people might think, but Bridgette is soldiering on.

While she might be a single mom, Bridgette is by no means raising her 18-month-old son, Larry, alone. It takes a village to raise a child, after all, and the village in her world comprises of her ex-boyfriend and father of Larry, Rafi (Miguel Gomez) and her mother, Tutu (Rosie O'Donnell).

The presence of Rafi in Bridgette and Larry's life battles the cliched bitter-ex, lousy-father storyline and instead treats viewers to a modern, semi-functional family set-up. It's not perfect, but it works for them -- maybe a little less however, when his new girlfriend (played by Samara Weaving) enters the scene. It's a whole new minefield for Bridgette to manoeuvre, but she does so anyway, in her own (very) personal way.

Bridgette's mom, Tutu, underscores the theme of motherhood in this show. Being the other main caretaker of Larry, Tutu proves to be a force in Bridgette's life that fluctuates between tough-love and non-stop-critic -- a relationship that maybe too many viewers can identify with when it comes to their own mothers. O'Donnell plays the character perfectly; creating an incendiary tension that inhabits the mother-daughter relationship.

The first episode alone also treats viewers to the sprawling facets (or obstacles, arguably) that appear in Bridgette's life: her part-time job as a nanny -- where viewers see her exposed to life and motherhood in greener pastures, her ex-boyfriend, and of course, her struggles as an actress -- which punctuates the episode with a surprising display of talent and an even more surprising reveal.

The complexities and battles of motherhood are a world of their own -- but layering that with the struggles of dating, creating a career, managing potentially-problematic family relationships, and keeping it all afloat makes for a deeply remarkable and authentic narrative that has the potential to explore moments that we've never seen before. SMILF fervently and bravely takes viewers into this journey and this show is about heart. 

All episodes of SMILF can now be streamed exclusively on FOX+ in the Philippines. Start your free 30 day trial now! For more info, visit

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