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The second season of the Boston-based — and for the first time Boston-filmed — Showtime series “SMILF” returned Sunday and will include scenes shot at Grace Episcopal Church in Newton Corner, according to this story in the Globe told by the show’s creator/star Frankie Shaw.

Rolling cameras around Boston presented fresh opportunities and challenges for the series, Shaw noted. Finding a church where “SMILF” could shoot scenes for the season’s first episode was particularly complicated, she said; many turned them away

“We were coming down to it, but this one very lovely church [Newton’s Grace Episcopal Church] said, ‘We’re not saying no, but you need to come in and tell us why and who you are,’” Shaw told the crowd. “And we talked with them for almost two hours about how it’s easy to secure locations in Boston if you’re a gangster movie or have murder in your movie, but not if you’re a TV show called ‘SMILF.’” Afterward, Shaw and other crew members prayed with board members as they asked for God’s guidance in the decision; they ended up getting the church’s blessing.







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