“Stumptown” appears to be the latest entertainment casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ABC Wednesday canceled the Cobie Smulders drama, which it had renewed for Season 2, due to the network’s timing and scheduling issues for the upcoming season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly. The coronavirus pandemic shut down entertainment production in the spring, with Hollywood now slowly resuming filming of scripted shows.
The popular and critically well-received series finished second in USA TODAY’s 23rd annual Save Our Shows poll in May, trailing only “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” in the reader vote favoring series renewal. In June, NBC announced “Zoey’s” would be back for a second season.
ABC’s decision does not mean hopes for more “Stumptown” episodes are over. ABC Signature, the studio that produces it, is seeking another home for the gritty drama, which is based on a graphic novel and features Smulders as a private detective in Portland, Oregon. Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal, Camryn Manheim and Michael Ealy also star in the series.
ABC picked up “Stumptown” for a second season in May, part of a renewal of 19 shows made while the pandemic had shut down production. In June, with filming still on hold, the network positioned the series in the Wednesday 10 EST/PST slot on its fall schedule, acknowledging actual premiere dates hadn’t been determined.
The network announced comedy return dates on Sept. 10, with “The Goldbergs,” “The Conners” and “Black-ish” premiering Oct. 21 and “American Housewife” joining them Oct. 28. At that time, ABC said it would announce drama premieres soon.
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