Amid the flurry of announcements about the 2019-2020 TV season, ABC has confirmed that “Stumptown,” the Portland-set series starring Cobie Smulders, will this air fall at 10 p.m. Wednesdays. Now, the first trailer for the show is out, and it’s a blend of wisecracks, music (“Heart of Glass” and “Sweet Caroline”), action, gambling, and a car that flies through the air with Portland’s Broadway Bridge in the background.
So no, we’re not in “Portlandia” anymore. The pilot for the show was filmed in Vancouver, B.C., with a few Portland location days, and sharp-eyed locals should be able to spot the Rose City roads and bridges that turn up in the trailer. (What’s with the skyline behind the Broadway Bridge, anyway?)
We also see what sure look like a couple of iffy guys driving, debating about what kind of coffee they’re drinking (Ethiopian or Kenyan?), singing along when a tape of “Sweet Caroline” gets stuck in the car’s sound system, and then we finally get a glimpse of our heroine, Dex Parios (Smulders).
Watch for yourself to see what all goes on from there. As we’ve already written, ABC is describing “Stumptown,” which is inspired by a graphic novel series from Portland-based Oni Press, this way: 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.”
Sound like any Portlanders you know? But wait, there’s more. Dex works as a private investigator, where ABC tells us “her military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.”
We’re still waiting to find out if the show will film in Vancouver, B.C., or Portland, and will update once more details are available.
Well? How does “Stumptown” look so far? Do you plan to watch?
— Kristi Turnquist
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