Connie Britton Lands First Major TV Role After ‘Nashville’ Exit

She’ll star in “SMILF,” the upcoming Rosie O’Donnell-fronted Showtime comedy created by and co-starring Frankie Shaw

Connie Britton has landed her first major TV role after leaving the country music drama “Nashville.”

The Emmy Award-nominated actress, who also starred on “Friday Night Lights” and “American Horror Story,” will feature in a multi-episode guest starring arc on the upcoming Showtime comedy series “SMILF.”

The half-hour comedy stars and was created by Frankie Shaw (“Mr. Robot”), who plays a woman from Southie named Bridgette who often has to struggle with wanting to live out her twenties while also being a single mother. The show is loosely based off of Shaw’s own life and is adapted from her Sundance Film Festival Jury award-winning short film.

Britton will play Ally, Bridgette’s unstable boss who is constantly working to improve herself but has some issues with personal boundaries.

This is the actress’s first major role since her character, Rayna, was killed off on “Nashville” back in February. Rayna had been on the show since the beginning, when it first aired on ABC in 2012 before being canceled and then saved by CMT for Season 5.

“SMILF” also stars Rosie O’Donnell in her first series regular leading role on a TV series. The comedian will be playing Shaw’s mother Tutu.

Showtime also announced two other casting additions on Monday. Raven Goodwin (“Being Mary Jane”) will recur as Eliza, Bridgette’s best friend. She goes to pharmacy school and is normally a perfectionist, but lets loose when she’s around Bridgette.

Mark Webber (“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”) will feature in a recurring role as Father Eddie, a sober priest in South Boston.

“SMILF” premieres on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime. It’ll air following “Shameless.”


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