ABC Cancels ‘Stumptown’; Series To Be Shopped To Other Outlets

by Erik Amaya

It seems we may never what happens when Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders) is reunited with her mother.

Deadline reports ABC has canceled the second season of Stumptown as production cannot resume before the network launches its 2020-2021 broadcast season. ABC Signature, the production unit tasked with realizing the series, will try to find the program a new home.

Based on the graphic novel series by Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth, and Justin Greenwood, Smulders starred as Dex, a recently-licensed Portland private detective whose cases mirrors her own attempts to become a better person. The program also featured Jake Johnson, Micheal Ealy, Tantoo Cardinal, Cole Sibus, Adrian Martinez, and Camryn Manheim. The endlessly charming series won over viewers and ABC renewed the series in June.

Produced in Los Angeles — with some Portland shooting for authenticity — the series was one of many waiting for studios, unions, and the county to agree on safety guidelines for filming during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adding to the uncertainty: a change in creative direction with new showrunner Monica Owusu-Breen. The combined delays would have kept the series off the air through April; a situation ABC was not willing to accommodate.

The series joins I Am Not Okay With This as a comic book adaptation brought low because of the pandemic — the Netflix program was also renewed, but cancelled due to pandemic delays. But unlike that series, some hope remains that Stumptown will continue to resolve its Season 1 cliffhanger in which Dex was reunited with her long-lost mother. We certainly hope a streaming service like Hulu grabs the series and adds to what will no doubt be a robust summer season.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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