The mystery of Stumptown‘s future on ABC has been solved.
Deadline reports the show has been renewed by the network and will once again feature on its Fall prime time schedule. Based on the comic book by Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth and Justin Greenwood, it chronicles the misadventures of Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders), an ex-military intelligence officer in Portland who, as it turns out, has a knack for private investigations. The first season saw the character acclimating to that new career while solving cases for strangers, high school rivals, friends, and the manager of a nearby tribal casino who also happens to be the mother of Dex’s long-deceased true love. The series also features Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal, Cole Sibus, Adrian Martinez, Camryn Manheim, and Michael Ealy.
We were excited about the show from the moment it was announced and, across its first 18-episodes, found it to be a charming throwback to the days of episodic P.I. shows. It still had running plots, though, like Grey’s (Johnson) near-misses with crime, Tookie’s (Martinez) business woes, and Dex’s abandonment issues. In fact, the first season ended on a cliffhanger as Dex’s brother Ansel (Sibus) reintroduced her to her own mother — a person who vanished without warning when Dex was still a teenager.
It will be interesting to see who they cast as Mother Parios — we immediately thought of Geena Davis — but it will also be interesting to how the how evolves now that most of its running mysteries have been resolved. Will her mother’s reappearance add a new layer of intrigue? Also, will they ever follow-up on that chemistry Tookie found with Lt. Cosgrove (Manheim)?
It is unclear when the series will return, though, as it is also unclear when production will resume. ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said in a statement, “Our top priority now is to work with our studio partners to ensure a safe return to production so that we can build on the strong momentum of a winning lineup.” Hopefully, though, the show — and the rest of ABC’s slate — will return in the Fall.