Roughly a year after Showtime gave her two-seasons-old show SMILF the ax amid low ratings and behind-the-scenes drama, creator Frankie Shaw is back, developing Judy Blume’s first non-YA book, Wifey, as limited series for HBO. The 82-year-old author tweeted about their collaboration back in June of 2019. Her 1978 novel follows the misadventures of Sandy Pressman, a disillusioned New Jersey housewife whose sexual dissatisfaction compels her to pursue an affair with an old boyfriend (amongst others), only to discover her husband might also be sleeping with other people in turn.
While declining ratings were given as the primary reason for Showtime’s cancellation of SMILF last March, the network’s announcement followed a tumultuous stretch during which Shaw’s conduct as showrunner was questioned. That report resulted in the suspension of her overall deal with ABC Studios, though according to Variety, Shaw “was eventually paid out the full amount of her deal after an internal investigation by the studio cleared her of wrongdoing.” During the SMILF season two press tour, Shaw reflected on the experiences, saying she was, “grateful that I can take these lessons of being a more aware and in tune showrunner moving forward.”