Stumptown (TV series)

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Stumptown
Genre
Created byJason Richman
Based on
Starring
Music byTyler Bates
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Cinematography
Editor(s)
  • Andrew Groves
  • Sondra Watanabe
  • Lance Luckey
  • Nicole Vaskell
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42–43 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkABC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 25, 2019 (2019-09-25) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Stumptown is an American crime drama television series that debuted on ABC as part of the 2019–20 television season, on September 25, 2019. The series is based on the comic book series of the same name, created by Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth, and Justin Greenwood, and adapted for television by writer-producer Jason Richman. The title Stumptown is a nickname for the city of Portland, Oregon, where the series is set.

Premise[edit]

Dexedrine "Dex" Parios is a sharp-witted military veteran, who struggles to get by and take care of her younger brother, in Portland, Oregon. She also struggles with PTSD from her time as a Marine in Afghanistan, where she worked in military intelligence until she was injured by an explosion which killed her childhood sweetheart and former lover. Burdened by heavy gambling debts and unable to hold down a steady job, she becomes a private investigator to solve problems where the police cannot get involved. Detective Miles Hoffman refers problems to her, and Grey McConnell, a bar owner and Dex's closest friend, provides moral support and employs her brother Ansel at his bar.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Cobie Smulders as Dexadrine “Dex” Parios, a Marine veteran who now works as a private investigator to support her brother and dig her way out of debt.
  • Jake Johnson as Greyson “Grey” McConnell, an ex-con and owner of the Bad Alibi bar. He is Dex's closest friend.
  • Tantoo Cardinal as Sue Lynn Blackbird, the owner of a tribal casino and mother of Dex's deceased boyfriend.
  • Cole Sibus as Ansel Parios, Dex's brother who has Down syndrome and works as a bar-back at the Bad Alibi.
  • Adrian Martinez as Tookie, a food truck owner who serves as an informant for Dex.
  • Camryn Manheim as Lieutenant Cosgrove, Detective Hoffman's superior.
  • Michael Ealy as Detective Miles Hoffman, Dex's contact at the Portland Police Bureau.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On January 29, 2019, it was announced that ABC had given the production a pilot order. The pilot was written by Jason Richman who executive produces alongside with Ruben Fleischer, Dave Bernad, Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth and Justin Greenwood.[2] Production companies involved with the pilot include The District and ABC Studios. On May 8, 2019, it was announced that the production had been given a series order.[3] A day after that, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2019 and air on Wednesdays at 10:00 P.M.[4] The series premiered on September 25, 2019.[5]

Casting[edit]

In February 2019, it was announced that Cobie Smulders had been cast in the pilot's lead role.[6] Alongside the series order announcement, it was reported that Michael Ealy, Mark Webber and Camryn Manheim had joined the cast in starring roles.[3] On May 11, 2019, it was reported that Webber, who was originally cast to play the male lead opposite Smulders in the series, had exited and his role would be recast.[7] On May 29, 2019, Jake Johnson was cast as Grey McConnell, replacing Webber.[8]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [9]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Forget It Dex, It's Stumptown."James GriffithsJason RichmanSeptember 25, 2019 (2019-09-25)4.61[10]
Dex Parios is a former Marine officer whose PTSD makes it impossible to stay employed, leaving her financially insecure. After gambling away her disability check at the local casino, the owner, Sue Lynn, asks Dex to find her runaway granddaughter Nina in return for clearing her debt. Dex accepts the job, but her lack of experience quickly shows, as she finds Nina only to then lose her to two kidnappers and steals a car from a gangster whom she wrongly assumes had something to do with the kidnapping. She meets a police detective, Miles Hoffman, who encourages her to stay away from the case. Shortly thereafter, Sue Lynn fires Dex, claiming Nina has been returned home. Depressed, she goes to Hoffman's apartment and sleeps with him. The next day, while Dex is trying to track down Nina's boyfriend Michael, the kidnappers grab her and drive off; she subdues them and proceeds to rescue Sue Lynn and Nina from an unstable Michael. Impressed, Hoffman offers to keep Dex on retainer if he comes across any other problems the police cannot handle.
2"Missed Connections"James GriffithsMatt Olmstead & Mike Weiss & Jason RichmanOctober 2, 2019 (2019-10-02)3.99[11]
Flashbacks show Dex and Grey meeting for the first time six years ago and befriending each other. Grey connects Dex with a new client, Allen, a widower who offers to pay Dex $1,000 if she finds Katrina, a girl he met at a bar. Dex locates Katrina and completes the job, but the check Allen gives her turns out to be worthless. While searching his home, someone knocks her out from behind. Hoffman subsequently informs Dex that "Katrina" is actually a professional con artist, who has robbed dozens of men like Allen for several years. Determined to get her money, Dex tracks Allen to a motel room, where she stops Katrina's psychotic partner Megan from asphyxiating him after discovering their relationship. Allen pays Dex her fee and leaves to start a new life with Katrina. One of Grey's former criminal partners, Jack, comes by to beg for money to pay a debt; Grey refuses to help and Jack is found murdered shortly thereafter under a bridge. Based on advice from Hoffman's superior, Cosgrove, Dex decides to apply for a license so she can legally work as a PI.
3"Rip City Dicks"Dean WhiteZahir McGeeOctober 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)3.43[12]
Dex persuades veteran PI Artie Banks (Donal Logue) to take her on as his apprentice. Their first job involves a messy divorce between real estate tycoon Randall Tapper and his wife Candace. Banks offers a great deal of useful advice, and admits he sympathizes with Dex because she reminds him of his daughter. Hoffman starts investigating Grey while looking into Jack's murder. Prompted by Banks, Dex goes to Hoffman's apartment for dinner; the two try to work each other for information on their respective cases before giving in to their feelings and having sex. The investigation scores a major breakthrough when Tapper's current girlfriend gives Banks video evidence of him abusing her, but Dex later discovers that he sold it to Tapper, had no intention of helping Candace, and has been manipulating her from the start. Banks condescendingly tells Dex that she would be a great PI if she only learned not to care. Hoffman tells Grey he knows about his connection to Jack, and offers him protection if he agrees to help find his killer. An enraged Dex visits Candace and declares her intention to bring down both Tapper and Banks.
4"Family Ties"Marc BucklandDeirdre ShawOctober 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)2.83[13]
Grey's old boss, Wallace Kane, escapes from custody while serving a life sentence. Dex's attempts to dig up dirt on Randall are continually thwarted by Banks, while Sue Lynn, who has partnered with Randall to build a school, pressures Dex by threatening to call in her debt to the casino. Banks eventually succumbs to his guilt after Dex calls him a scumbag and admits that Candace's daughter reminds him of his own deceased child; he leads her to Randall's former accountant who reveals that the school is a cover for illegal activity. Cosgrove notices that Hoffman is becoming obsessed with the Kane case, and assigns it to another detective. Dex and Banks search the construction site, and find evidence that Randall is smuggling counterfeit pills. With help from Sue Lynn, who abhors drug dealing on her reservation, Dex gets Randall to incriminate himself on camera, and forces him to remove the pills, finish the school, and return Candace's daughter to her. Banks signs off on Dex's hours, qualifying her to get a PI license. Kane abducts Grey and informs him that he will have to pull off one last job to pay Jack's debt.
5"Bad Alibis"[14]Brooke KennedyManuel Figueroa & Jordan HeimerOctober 30, 2019 (2019-10-30)TBD
6"Dex, Drugs and Rock & Roll"[9]TBATBANovember 6, 2019 (2019-11-06)TBD

Release[edit]

Marketing[edit]

On May 14, 2019, ABC released the first official trailer for the series.[2]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 94% approval rating with an average rating of 8.38/10, based on 32 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Simple, but strong, Stumptown moves at a brisk pace and packs a serious punch thanks in large part to Cobie Smulders' star making performance."[15] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100 based on reviews from 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16]

Caroline Framke of Variety wrote: "With only one episode to go on, it’s hard to say how “Stumptown” will handle its upcoming cases of the week, or if it will shade Dex out beyond her cliched basics. But there are a couple standout elements of the show that point towards a more promising season than not."[17] Allison Shoemaker of The A.V. Club reviewed the first episode and wrote: "It’s likely that this origin story will lead to Dex getting a new case/distraction of the week; hopefully, those stories will stand on their own as much as they illuminate her inner life. Even if it doesn’t, even if life for Stumptown becomes a lot less interesting after this first trip, Cobie Smulders, and Dex Parios, are well worth visiting again."[1] Mike Hale of The New York Times wrote: "There’s a potentially appealing mix of wisecracking humor and underplayed, credible action, though, that could blossom if it’s given precedence over the melodramatic back story.[18]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Forget It Dex, It's Stumptown." September 25, 2019 0.7/4 4.61[10] 1.0 4.50 1.7 9.12[19]
2 "Missed Connections" October 2, 2019 0.7/4 3.99[11] 0.8 3.91 1.5 7.90[20]
3 "Rip City Dicks" October 9, 2019 0.6/3 3.43[12] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Family Ties" October 16, 2019 0.6/3 2.83[13] TBD TBD TBD TBD

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shoemaker, Allison (September 24, 2019). "Stumptown should really be called Cobie Smulders Town". The A.V. Club.
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (January 29, 2019). "ABC New Series Trailers: Cobie Smulders' 'Stumptown', 'Emergence', 'Black-ish' Spinoff 'Mixed-ish'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (May 8, 2019). "Cobie Smulders P.I. Drama Based On 'Stumptown' Graphic Novels Gets ABC Series Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 14, 2019). "ABC Fall 2019-20 Schedule: Very Few Changes, 'The Rookie' Moves To Sunday, 'American Housewife' To Friday". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Pedersen, Erik (July 2, 2019). "ABC Fall Premiere Dates: 'The Conners', 'Black-ish' & Spinoff, Cobie Smulders' 'Stumptown', Final 'Modern Family' Season & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
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  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 11, 2019). "New Cobie Smulders ABC Series Recasts A Male Lead, Departing Mark Webber Calls Treatment "Degrading"". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 29, 2019). "Jake Johnson To Co-Star On New ABC Drama Series 'Stumptown' In Recasting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Stumptown – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Welch, Alex (September 26, 2019). "'Modern Family' adjusts up: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 3, 2019). "'Chicago Med,' 'The Masked Singer' adjust up, 'Single Parents,' 'Almost Family' adjust down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 10, 2019). "'Survivor' and 'S.W.A.T.' adjust up, 'SEAL Team' and 'Almost Family' adjust down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 17, 2019). "'Chicago Med,' 'The Masked Singer' adjust up, 'SEAL Team,' 'Chicago P.D.,' 'Almost Family' adjust down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  14. ^ "(#105) "Bad Alibis"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "Stumptown: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  16. ^ "Stumptown: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  17. ^ Framke, Caroline (September 25, 2019). "TV Review: ABC's 'Stumptown' Starring Cobie Smulders". Variety.
  18. ^ Hale, Mike (September 22, 2019). "Fall TV Reviewed: Detectives, Sci-Fi and an Attempt at Romance". The New York Times. (registration required)
  19. ^ Pucci, Douglas (October 8, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'Stumptown' Tops Freshman Series Premieres in Overall Raw Gains". Programming Insider. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  20. ^ Pucci, Douglas (October 15, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'Emergence' Leads Broadcast Network Telecasts in Viewer Percentage Gains". Programming Insider. Retrieved October 15, 2019.

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