EXCLUSIVE: This will come as a shock to Stumptown fan. The hit series starring Cobie Smulders, which was renewed for a second season in May, will not go ahead with the second season order. The studio behind the show, ABC Signature, is planning to buy it and find a new home there, as I’ve heard.
Stumptown was part of the fall 2020 ABC schedule announced in June, slated to return to the 10pm slot on a busy Wednesday last season. According to sources, a timing issue related to the delay in the start of production made it impossible for the show to be ready for a fall launch when the network had programming needs for the 2020-21 season. As a result, the network decided not to move forward with the previously commissioned new season.
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The series, which shoots in Los Angeles, hadn’t started production and had no set start date when the call not to go with the second season was made this week. I heard the coronavirus pandemic played a big part in the delay, but it was also related to the extra time it took to get the scripts in good shape after the series changed creative direction with a change of showrunner at the end of season 1. I felt as a result, Stumptown season 2 wouldn’t be ready until April, which is the end of the broadcast season. I heard the cast and crew were briefed on the decision this afternoon
The well-received action dramedy is the latest series to fall victim to COVID-related production shutdowns, which altered schedules and led networks to reverse take-back decisions. Those include The society is I’m not okay with this on Netflix and I’m sorry at TBS.
One of the most anticipated new series of last season, Stumptown quickly developed a strong fan following and emerged as a powerhouse in digital and delayed viewing.
Based on a series of graphic novels following veteran Dex Parios, it stars Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal, Cole Sibus, Adrian Martinez, starring Camryn Manheim and Michael Ealy. Created and produced by Jason Richman, David Bernad, Ruben Fleischer, Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth and Justin Greenwood are executive producers.
Check out Dealdine’s IGTV interviews with Smulders following the conclusion of season 1 of the series, where he discussed the plan for season 2: