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Stumptown Cancelled at ABC, as COVID-Related Delay Triggers Reversal of Season 2 Renewal

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ABC won’t return to Stumptown, after all. 

The network has cancelled the Cobie Smulders dramedy, despite renewing it for Season 2 in May, our sister site Deadline reports.

Per Deadline, the cancellation came after delays in starting production — related to the COVID-19 pandemic — meant that the show would not be ready to launch this fall. ABC had planned to return Stumptown to its Wednesdays-at-10/9c time slot.

ABC Signature, which produces the series, reportedly will shop the show to other networks and/or streaming sites.

Stumptown had recently made a change in leadership behind the scenes: Monica Owusu-Breen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe) had boarded the show as its new co-showrunner alongside creator Jason Richman. She would have succeeded Matt Olmstead, who acted as co-showrunner in Season 1.

In the Season 1 finale, which aired March 25, an excited Ansel opened the front door to reveal his long-estranged mother, whose appearance stunned his big sister Dex. It was then that the episode cut to black, before the audience got a peek at Mama Parios.

In March, co-showrunner Jason Richman told TVLine that it was always the plan to end Season 1 with the arrival of Mama Parios. “It was sort of the big, core mystery, that Dex doesn’t know what happened [to her parents],” he said. “She came back from her time in Afghanistan and found her brother in a home and her parents missing, so she has carried this resentment about it for a long time.”

As for whether we would have met Papa Parios, Richman confirmed, “In the story that we’re going to tell in Season 2, Mom leads to Dad in a way that’s kind of circuitous… We needed Mom to show up first.”

The series is the latest of several recent renewal-reversals, including Comedy Central’s Drunk History and Tosh.0, TruTV’s I’m Sorry and Netflix’s The Society.

What do you think of Stumptown‘s recent turn of events? Would you watch it on another network? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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The Best Warm Halloween Costume Ideas For 2020

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October is undoubtedly one of the best months of the year. Warm apple cider, freshly fallen leaves, and exciting Halloween costume ideas all make the month that much better than the rest. The only downside is that it’s also the start of fall, and sometimes that crisp air is a little too crisp — especially when we’re trying to wear a cute (and occasionally sexy) Halloween costume. This year, we’re throwing the what-hot-outfit-to-wear-on-Halloween-rulebook out of the window because guess what? It’s possible to have a creative costume that also keeps you warm and comfortable. Whether you live somewhere cold or you’re just looking for another reason to stay in your sweats, these ideas cover all the bases. Take a look at the best costumes that’ll keep you warm this Halloween, and remember that comfort is most definitely key.

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Debating the first ‘Dancing with the Stars’ elimination and sizing up the songs for ‘Disney Night’ [WATCH]

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“I was actually surprised that Carole was in the bottom two considering the fact that she was one of the more high-profile celebrities when the cast was announced,” says Cordell Martin about “Tiger King” subject Carole Baskin‘s near-elimination on “Dancing with the Stars” at the end of “First Elimination” night. Martin discussed the first ouster with me and Jeffrey Kare. Watch our discussion above.

Martin expected Baskin to advance safely through the early weeks of the competition like other controversial figures in seasons past — remember Sean Spicer? So he gives credit to fans for actually voting in line with the judges scores. Baskin was at the bottom of the leaderboard with Charles Oakley, and “between those two, you pretty much had to choose the lesser of two evils,” says Kare regarding their low-scoring dance routines.

Like last season, judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli get to pick one of the bottom two contestants to save and one to eliminate. Tonioli voted to save Oakley, but Inaba and Hough saved Baskin instead since her week-two routine scored slightly higher than Oakley’s. So Baskin will get a chance to perform yet another cat-themed routine, this time to “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.”

As for the other songs being performed on “Disney Night,” “it would be nice if there were a bit more variety,” Kare argues. Indeed, we’re getting dances inspired by movies that have been featured on the show before like “Moana,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Martin agrees, “Disney has this huge vault of films and they keep recycling the same, like, 10 songs each time. It’s a little annoying because you’re always comparing them to past routines.” Though he’s excited to finally see “The Princess and the Frog” get a showcase.

Which routines are you most looking forward to tonight, and which Disney properties (if any) do you think should be retired from “DWTS” to usher in some new material?

Be sure to make your predictions so that the contestants can see how they’re faring in our racetrack odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before the next episode airs every Monday on ABC. You’ll compete to win a spot on our leaderboard and eternal bragging rights. See our contest rules and sound off with other fans in our reality TV forum. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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Broadcast Share Unreleased Demo “Where Are You?” On Trish Keenan’s Birthday

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A few years ago, Broadcast’s James Cargill shared a new demo on what would have been Trish Keenan’s birthday. Today, he’s done it again. Keenan would have been 52 today — she passed away in 2011 — and Cargill has uploaded a 4-track demo from 2002 called “Where Are You?” to his SoundCloud page. That places its creation sometime between their 2000 debut The Noise Made By The People (which we wrote about earlier this year for its 20th anniversary) and their 2003 follow-up Haha Sound. Check it out below.

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