At the end of 2019 the actress Cobie Smulders he was living a new peak in his career. The artist, remembered for playing Robin in “How I Met Your Mother”And to Maria Hill in the Cinematographic Universe of Marvel landed the lead role in the detective series “Stumptown” (ABC), which was received with open arms by audiences thirsty for entertainment.
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Your most complex role
“Stumptown,” based on the homonymous comic by Greg Rucka, follows the story of Dex Parios, an army veteran who tries to forget her traumatic time in Afghanistan by participating in his vices, including a love of liquor and gambling. To earn a living, and support his younger brother, Dex works as a private investigator in the city of Portland.
For those interested in the series, the first season is available via streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
In a way, the role of Dex Parios was the culmination of the career that the Canadian actress was developing in Hollywood. Born in British Columbia in 1982, the actress got her start in show business with a minor role in the urban fantasy series “Special Unit 2” in 2002. Her Hollywood career kept a low profile – with minor appearances in shows like “Smallville” and “The L Word”, as well as films such as “Walking Tall” and “The Long Weekend” – until 2005; when she was cast in the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” as Robin Scherbatsky, role that was previously rejected by Jennifer Love Hewitt.
It was on this sitcom that Smulders found recognition, but his big screen fame came seven years later. when she was selected to play Maria Hill, Nick Fury’s right-hand man in SHIELD in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with “The Avengers” in 2012.
While her performances as Scherbatsky and Hill already showed her as an actress capable of playing strong, independent female characters, as well as a talent for comedy, these They did not compare to the greater complexity left by his leading role as Dex Parios in “Stumptown”, a character where strength and fragility seem interchangeable.
“Smulders turns Dex into an intriguing character by showing his surface blemishes and worry lines on his face.“Writes Melanie McFarland of Salon, for example.
It is not the only performance that stands out in the series, with Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) giving a strong performance as Gray McConnell, Dex’s best friend / love interest owner of the bar where she will drown her sorrows, as well as Michael. Ealy (“2 Fast 2 Furious”) as Detective Miles Hoffman, his contact with law enforcement.
From the sky to the ground
The first season of “Stumptown” was very well received by critics (92% ‘freshness’ on Rotten Tomatoes) and its season finale broke viewership records in March of this year, so it was no surprise that ABC revealed two months after he approved the release of a second season. However, this week the chain reversed its decision, citing the current context and scheduling issues as the reasons for the cancellation.
“Stumptown” was particularly sensitive to restrictions caused by the virus, as it relied on multiple on-location shots which, With the extra precautions to avoid contagion during filming, they would cause your budget to increase.
How much more does it cost to film during the times of the coronavirus? During a panel by the Hollywood Radio and Television Society in early August, the exhibitors gave an approximate figure of an increase of 10% more in the cost of production. With television programs already costing millions to produce, this increase also adds to the fact that productions have to be carried out more slowly and carefully, to avoid the spread of the virus and the complete cancellation of filming, as has happened, for example. , with “The Batman.”
“Production is coming back, it’s just going to take a little longer and cost a little more”Said panelist Scott Hervey, an entertainment industry attorney during the talk, according to CNN.
Smulders, and the massive “Stumptown” team, are not the only ones to find themselves in this unfortunate situation. At the end of last August Netflix announced the cancellation from the series “The Society” and “I Am Not Okay With This”, both previously renewed. In the statement explaining the situation, the streaming company blamed this decision “on the circumstances created by COVID-19.” The same fate suffered series such as Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” and TBS’s “I’m Sorry”.
It is an irony that the cancellation of so many programs occurs at a time where entertainment production is increasingly important, used by citizens as a distraction from the current global context, as well as a replacement for social activities from which we are restricted.
But there is still a ray of hope for “Stumptown”, since with the news that the series had been canceled also information came that the studio behind the show, ABC Signature, plans to offer the show to other channels and streaming services. And while in the current context in which companies seem more willing to cancel shows than to acquire new formats, a meager hope to see Smulders continue his adventures as Dex is more than none.
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