Canadian Cobie Smulders snags lead in new ABC series Stumptown | The Star
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Just three new scripted series will be added to ABC’s lineup this fall, echoing conservative schedules announced Monday by NBC and Fox. On tap:
- Mixed-ish, the second spinoff of Black-ish, starring Arica Himmel as a young Rainbow Johnson, the Black-ish mother played by Tracee Ellis Ross in that series, as a child in a mixed-race 1980s family.
Cobie Smulders attends the Jack Reacher: Never Go Back premiere on Oct. 21, 2016 at CineStar Sony Center in Berlin, Germany. (Ben Kriemann/Future-Image / TNS)
- Emergence, starring Allison Tolman (Fargo, Downward Dog) as a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what happened. In investigating the accident, she finds a vast conspiracy surrounding the child’s identity.
- Vancouver’s Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) stars in Stumptown, based on the graphic novel series, follows “a strong, assertive and sharp-witted army veteran-turned-private investigator” in Portland, Oregon with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of. “Her military intelligence skills make her a great PI,” says ABC, “but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.”
Meanwhile, ABC is reviving Kids Say the Darndest Things, a reality show in which Bill Cosby, from 1998-2000, amused CBS viewers with his interactions with precocious kids. Now Tiffany Haddish will take the reins as host and executive producer for in-studio and remote segments including “Best Carpool Ever,” in which she drives a minivan full of kids; and “Granny Tiff,” when, dressed in prosthetics as an older woman, she gets technology tips from youngsters. The show will air Sundays at 8 EDT/PDT this fall.
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On the cancellation heap: Freshmen series The Fix, The Kids Are Alright, Splitting Up Together and Whiskey Cavalier, along with Shonda Rhimes’ legal soap For the People and Speechless.
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