Well isn’t this the pairing of our sitcom dreams! New Girl’s Jake Johnson has just signed on to star opposite How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders in the upcoming ABC series Stumptown. The series, which is adapted from the Oni Press graphic novel of the same name follows “Dex Parios (Smulders), a strong, assertive, and unapologetically sharp-witted Army veteran working as a P.I. in Portland, OR. With a complicated personal history and only herself to rely on, she solves other people’s messes with a blind eye toward her own.” You can check out the first promo below!
Johnson will be stepping in as a recast for SMILF’s Mark Webber who was originally cast to play Dex’s best friend Grey McConnell. According to TVLine, the “pals aren’t entirely platonic: They have unresolved feelings that run deeper. Grey — who runs a local bar — is also hiding a questionable past that comes back to bite him.” The series also stars Michael Ealy, Camryn Manheim, Adrian Martinez, Cole Sibus and Tantoo Cardinal.
Both Johnson and Smulders were breakout stars on their respective comedies with Johnson having starred as Nick Miller on New Girl for seven seasons and Smulders as Robin Scherbatsky on How I Met Your Mother for nine. The duo has also found themselves quite wrapped up in the superhero world with Johnson having just voiced Peter Parker in the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. Smulders has starred as Maria Hill in a variety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including this past April’s Avengers: Endgame. Next up, she will appear alongside Samuel L. Jackson in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Are you excited to see Johnson and Smulders teaming up on the small screen? Let us know!
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