There are plenty of fall series to look forward to this year, but in terms of shows that have already won us over before premiering, we have to say that Stumptown totally takes the cake. (Or is that Stumptown-branded coffee cake?)
The Portland-based series stars Canadian Cobie Smulders as Dex Parios, a war vet turned private investigator whose methods are often questionable at best. The series is based on a graphic novel written by Greg Rucka, with Tantoo Cardinal, Camryn Manheim, and Michael Ealy rounding out the cast.
So why is this show (premiering Wednesday, Sept 25 at 10pm ET on CTV) going to be our next obsession? Let’s dive in…
Cobie Smulders is sm(o)uldering hot right now
We first became obsessed with Smulders during her nine years on How I Met Your Mother. Robin was an easy fan favourite and obvious love interest thanks to her ability to chill with the bros but still be semi-girly and a good friend to her gal pals. And don’t even get us started on our love for her Canadian popstar alter ego, Robin Sparkles.
Since her time on that series though, Smulders has continued proving that she’s one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood. She headlined Friends From College for two seasons on Netflix, and went on to create a memorable role as Maria Hill in the Avengers franchise.
She strikes that perfect balance of comedy and drama
We’d like to think those varied roles have helped Smulders prepare to play the complex character that is Dex, who is officially described as follows:
“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.”
Sold. If anyone could pull all of that off and still be likeable as hell, it’s gotta be Smulders.
The trailer is promising as heck
In the first week that it dropped back in May, Stumptown’s trailer was streamed and shared more than 16 million times. The last time a trailer for a TV show got that kind of interest it resulted in a little series known as This Is Us.
This trailer may not feature Milo Ventimiglia’s naked buttocks, but it definitely tells a compelling story of the character we’re about to meet. In fact the setup to Dex’s character takes a full minute of the three-minute trailer, and the wait is totally worth it. Because once we do see her, we’re made fully aware of the kind of havoc she can wreak on her enemies.
Spoiler alert: it’s awesome.
There’s strong source material
Sometimes with a series that’s this ambitious, we get a little nervous about the show’s ability to sustain that kind of scope for a full season. But these days we’re living in a world of content, which means networks are willing to take bigger risks, unveil shorter seasons, and rely on a creator’s vision a little more heavily than they were in the past. For this particular project that means relying on the comic books on which the show is based, and ensuring that there’s a proper budget in place to carry that vision across the finish line.
It’s also worth noting that the novels debuted in 2009, and there are 19 issues to date. That means there are plenty of stories to draw from as inspiration as this show continues.
Everyone is already buzzing about this show
Sometimes you can just tell when a project really excites the people who buy and make it, and Stumptown is a great example of that. Not only was it the first drama to be picked up by its American broadcaster but CTV (the exclusive Canadian broadcaster), is all-in too. We can see why—everyone has been talking about this show since the pilot was announced. Even Smulders has been pumping it up.
— Cobie Smulders (@CobieSmulders) May 14, 2019
We can’t wait to see more.
Stumptown premieres Wednesday, Sept 25 at 10pm ET on CTV.