‘Stumptown’ Fans Crushed After ABC Suddenly Cancels Season 2

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Stumptown viewers. In May, ABC announced it would be renewing the show about an Army veteran turned P.I. (Cobie Smulders) for a second season. But on Sept. 16, the network suddenly switched course and canceled the series, citing production delays related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

‘Stumptown’ is another casualty of the pandemic 

Cobie Smulders as Dex in Stumptown
Cobe Smulders as Dex in Stumptown | Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images

The coronavirus has thrown a wrench into TV production. The Netflix series The Society and I Am Not OK With This have both been canceled due to the virus, even though the streaming service had previously said it planned to move forward with another season of the former show, Deadline reported. Now, Stumptown has met the same fate. 

Production delays are to blame, according to Deadline. ABC wanted Stumptown ready to air in fall 2020, but the pandemic combined with a new showrunner and shift in creative direction meant that wouldn’t be possible, the publication reported. As a result, the network decided to cancel the show. 

However, there’s still a chance Stumptown could return. Studio ABC Signature is looking for another home for the show, which attracted an average of 2.8 million viewers per episode, per TVSeriesFinale. ABC had previously canceled Emergence, Bless This Mess, Schooled, and Single Parents. 

Fans react to news that ‘Stumptown’ is canceled 

Cole Sibus as Ansel in Stumptown
Cole Sibus as Ansel in Stumptown | John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images

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Stumptown — which is based on a series of graphic novels written by Greg Rucka — had attracted a loyal following since it premiered in September 2019. Those viewers were understandably crushed when they learned ABC was pulling the plug on the show, despite the earlier renewal decision. 

“Best show. Why on earth did you cancel it. Disappointing,” one wrote on Instagram

“This is the only show I was looking forward to coming back,” another commented. “Network tv is the worst.”

On Twitter, a number of fans begged either Hulu or Netflix to pick up the series. 

‘Stumptown’ Season 1 ended on a cliffhanger 

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Stumptown’s cancellation is particularly painful for fans because it leaves central storylines unresolved. While the season 1 finale resolved one big mystery, it ultimately left viewers hanging in a major way. 

In the episode, Dex (Smulders) got some much-needed closure when she finally figured out what really happened to her former love Benny and who was responsible for his death. But in the episode’s final moments, her estranged mother — who abandoned her younger brother Ansel while Dex was in Afghanistan — showed up unexpectedly at her door, setting the stage for some serious season 2 drama.  

“Can’t believe season 2 is cancelled,” one person on Instagram wrote. “And they left us on a cliffhanger at the end of the season 1. They can’t do that. Ugh!! I was really into this show. My mom too. Stupid covid stuff hopefully once everything calms down the show will come back.”

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