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Stumptown surprisingly canceled due to COVID-19 despite a May renewal

ABC has made the surprising move of canceling hit new series Stumptown on Wednesday, just months after renewing the show for its second season.

The hit drama series starring Cobie Smulders set in Portland, Oregon was renewed by ABC in May, though Deadline reports that a ‘timing issue’ related to the delay in production lead to the show not being ready for the fall season, as ABC had planned.

Instead of just pushing the Season 2 premiere to midseason, ABC made the decision to not move forward with the season, though the show’s producers are currently shopping it to other networks and streamers.

Surprise: ABC has made the surprising move of canceling hit new series Stumptown on Wednesday, just months after renewing the show for its second season

No season:  The hit drama series starring Cobie Smulders set in Portland, Oregon was renewed by ABC in May, though Deadline reports that a 'timing issue' related to the delay in production lead to the show not being ready for the fall season, as ABC had planned

No season:  The hit drama series starring Cobie Smulders set in Portland, Oregon was renewed by ABC in May, though Deadline reports that a ‘timing issue’ related to the delay in production lead to the show not being ready for the fall season, as ABC had planned

While the show is set in Portland, filming takes place in Los Angeles, and as of this week, there had still not been a firm production start date for the second season. 

The COVID-19 pandemic did have a ‘significant impact’ on the production delay, but it was also affected by the writing. 

The series went through a creative shift when showrunner Matt Olmstead left Stumptown to work on the new Law & Order: Special Victims Unit spin-off reuniting Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni.

Filming: While the show is set in Portland, filming takes place in Los Angeles, and as of this week, there had still not been a firm production start date for the second season

Filming: While the show is set in Portland, filming takes place in Los Angeles, and as of this week, there had still not been a firm production start date for the second season

Covid impact: The COVID-19 pandemic did have a 'significant impact' on the production delay, but it was also affected by the writing

Covid impact: The COVID-19 pandemic did have a ‘significant impact’ on the production delay, but it was also affected by the writing

Monica Owusu-Breen, who has worked on hit shows such as Alias, Lost and Fringe, was brought on to serve as co-showrunner, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter in July. 

She will be working alongside series creator Jason Richman, and with this behind-the-scenes changes, the show wouldn’t have been ready to film until April.

Since that is right at the end of the broadcast network’s season, ABC opted to back away from the show, with the cast and crew notified this afternoon.

New showrunner: Monica Owusu-Breen, who has worked on hit shows such as Alias, Lost and Fringe, was brought on to serve as co-showrunner, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter in July

New showrunner: Monica Owusu-Breen, who has worked on hit shows such as Alias, Lost and Fringe, was brought on to serve as co-showrunner, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter in July

Cast and crew: Since that is right at the end of the broadcast network's season, ABC opted to back away from the show, with the cast and crew notified this afternoon

Cast and crew: Since that is right at the end of the broadcast network’s season, ABC opted to back away from the show, with the cast and crew notified this afternoon

Stumptown was created by Jason Richman, adapted from the comic book series of the same name by Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth and Justin Greenwood.

The show, whose title is a nickname for its setting of Portland, follows Dex Pairos (Smulders), a sharp-witted Marine veteran who becomes a private investigator to take care of her brother with Down syndrome. 

The show also stars Michael Ealy, Jake Johnson, Adrian Martinez, Cole Sibus, Camryn Manheim and Tantoo Cardinal

Creator: Stumptown was created by Jason Richman, adapted from the comic book series of the same name by Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth and Justin Greenwood

Creator: Stumptown was created by Jason Richman, adapted from the comic book series of the same name by Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth and Justin Greenwood

Dex: The show, whose title is a nickname for its setting of Portland, follows Dex Pairos (Smulders), a sharp-witted Marine veteran who becomes a private investigator to take care of her brother with Down syndrome

Dex: The show, whose title is a nickname for its setting of Portland, follows Dex Pairos (Smulders), a sharp-witted Marine veteran who becomes a private investigator to take care of her brother with Down syndrome

Co-stars: The show also stars Michael Ealy, Jake Johnson, Adrian Martinez, Cole Sibus, Camryn Manheim and Tantoo Cardinal

Co-stars: The show also stars Michael Ealy, Jake Johnson, Adrian Martinez, Cole Sibus, Camryn Manheim and Tantoo Cardinal

The show averaged 2.8 million viewers per episode during its 18-episode season, though its numbers improved significantly with delayed viewing while quickly developing a devoted fan base.

With extensive action set pieces and stunts, not to mention romance, it is said to be the type of project that would be impacted the most by filming restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

Stumptown joins other shows whose renewals were reversed due to COVID-19, including Netflix’s The Society and I’m Not OK With This and TBS’ I’m Sorry. 

Fans: The show averaged 2.8 million viewers per episode during its 18-episode season, though its numbers improved significantly with delayed viewing while quickly developing a devoted fan base

Fans: The show averaged 2.8 million viewers per episode during its 18-episode season, though its numbers improved significantly with delayed viewing while quickly developing a devoted fan base

Reversed: Stumptown joins other shows whose renewals were reversed due to COVID-19, including Netflix's The Society and I'm Not OK With This and TBS' I'm Sorry

Reversed: Stumptown joins other shows whose renewals were reversed due to COVID-19, including Netflix’s The Society and I’m Not OK With This and TBS’ I’m Sorry