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Stumptown Canceled By Covid and I’m Pretty Mad About It

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BY September 17, 2020
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Stumptown, the series starring Cobie Smulders, Michael Ealy, and Jake Johnson based on graphic novels of the same name had a lot of potential. After I reviewed Stumptown for Comic Years, I kept watching. Even more, I enjoyed the show. As season one continued, it also continued to be everything I first thought. It was smart, stylish, and even moving at points. But now that’s all over, because ABC canceled Stumptown.

Stumptown Canceled Because of What Else? COVID-19

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Like with many productions, the–and I can’t believe I still have to write this–ongoing pandemic really threw a spanner in the works. Specifically, the pandemic forced a delay in filming season 2. In fact, they haven’t even begun filming yet. In addition, they changed showrunners at the end of season 1, so that was an extra setback.

According to sources who spoke to Deadline, all those impediments meant that the show wouldn’t be ready in time for ABC’s fall schedule. With the time they needed, Deadline says that the new season wouldn’t have been finished until next spring–the end of the fall season. So, much to my ongoing dismay, they canceled it.

The Show, However, May Only Be ‘Mostly Dead’

Despite the initial sad news, there is some hope. Nellie Andreeva at Deadline says that ABC Signature, which produces Stumptown, is looking for a new home. The show, while still on American network television, is a bit much for Disney+. They could possibly take it over to Hulu, also owned by Disney. We might even see the show on a streamer like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. Or even another network. Maybe.

However, that doesn’t negate the fact that as with I Am Not Okay with This and The Society, the pandemic has ended another TV show. And I am not okay with any of this. Part of it is selfish, yes. Stumptown is one of the few–maybe the only–American TV show with indigenous actors playing indigenous characters. That might not mean much to the general audience, but it means a lot to me.

But part of it is also a reaction to selfishness, the kind that’s causing this lost year. Here we are, months AND MONTHS into this thing and we’ve still got jackasses acting like it’s all a lark. And I have HAD IT. It’s time to stop playing and start getting real. Or TV shows will be the least of what we lose.

Oh yeah, and the real Oregon is on fire right now.

What are you super mad about at the moment? Be mad as hell and don’t take it anymore in the comments or on social media. (But uh, please be civil.)

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.

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