Nothing has been certain in Hollywood amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As Variety has reported, ABC decided to cancel Stumptown, one of its most promising series, due to the effects of the work stoppage in the entertainment industry. Starring Cobie Smulders, the show had already been renewed for a second season. This is all we know about the cancellation.
ABC's Stumptown cancelled due to COVID-19
Although it was well received by critics and viewers, Stumptown—based on the graphic novel of the same name—will not continue with season 2 on ABC.
According to Variety, a source with the project said Stumptown was cancelled due to schedule and programming difficulties stemming from pandemic restrictions.
In the series, Smulders played veteran "Dex Parios," a woman who has to deal with her complicated love life, significant gambling debts, and caring for her brother in Portland, Oregon.
In addition to Smulders, known for her work as "Robin Scherbatsky" on How I Met Your Mother, the series also featured Michael Ealy (FlashForward), Adrian Martinez (Focus) and Jake Johnson (New Girl).
Stumptown: Cobie Smulders series is pandemic's latest TV victim
Stumptown is just one of the many series cut short due to COVID-19.
In the early summer, Netflix announced that hit youth shows The Society and I Am Not Okay With This would not continue their productions due to pandemic limitations.
ABC hopes to sell Stumptown through its Studio ABC Signature label, which could give the promising show second life on another network. Stay tuned for any news as it develops!