ABC Picks Up Series Based On ‘Stumptown’ Graphic Novels Starring Cobie Smulders

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08 May 19
ABC Picks Up Series Based On 'Stumptown' Graphic Novels Starring Cobie Smulders

ABC Picks Up Series Based On ‘Stumptown’ Graphic Novels Starring Cobie Smulders

There had been quite a lot of buzz around this pilot, now ABC has pulled the trigger and picked up a series based on the Stumptown graphic novels starring Cobie Smulders.

Cobie Smulders stars as Dex Parios, a strong, assertive, and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt, and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great P.I., but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.

This marks the first US network tv role for Smulders since playing Robin Scherbatsky on ‘How I Met Your Mother’. However, she has not been off our screens in the intervening years, having appeared in Netflix’s ‘Friends from College’, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, and ‘Arrested Development’. She also has been popping up across Marvel’s Cinematic Universe as Maria Hill, and will next make an appearance in ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’.

Smulders is joined by Tantoo Cardinal (‘Frontier’, ‘Godless’) as Sue Lynn Blackbird, Adrian Martinez (‘The Blacklist: Redemption’, ‘No Activity’) as Tookie, Camryn Manheim (‘The Magicians’, ‘Person of Interest’) as Lieutenant Cosgrove, Cole Sibus (‘Spare Room’) as Ansel Parios, and Michael Ealy (‘The Following’, ‘Almost Human’) as Det. Miles Hoffman.

The series is based on the ‘Stumptown’ graphic novels by the wonderfully talented Greg Rucka, with art by Matthew Southworth. The tv drama is created by Jason Richman (‘Detroit 1-8-7’, ‘Mercy Street’), who exec produces alongside Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad from production company The District (‘Superstore’), comic book creators Rucka and Southworth, and Justin Greenwood. ABC Studios serve as the studio for the production.

The show was originally known as Stumptown, but seems they are now referring to it as the ‘Untitled Cobie Smulders Project’… That could have something to do with copyright issues with the name, or could be they just wanted to change it… because… Hollywood. Who knows… Whatever it ends up being called, we’ll let you know when we hear more.