Jake Johnson Excited About LGBTQ Casting in ABC’s Stumptown

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7/22/19 6:13AM

EXCLUSIVE – ABC’s new drama, Stumptown, has a plot that both keeps viewers on the edge of their seats as it does provide an analogy of the network’s current reputation in the LGBTQ community: caught in the middle.

The show, starring Cobie Smulders and Jake Johnson, features Smulders’ character, Dex Parios, as the lead, and bisexual; one of the first LGBTQ leads for the network. Parios is an army veteran who doesn’t quite fit in with either side of law enforcement. Likewise, as happy as people are about this series, they know ABC has had issues with their jokes and actions towards bisexual characters. Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy) has previously lashed out at ABC for their treatment of the LGBTQ community.

Amidst the buzz the show is causing, Smulders’ costar, Johnson, is excited for the new series and the direction it is taking the network.

“When I was talking to Dave Bernad, the producer, about this, about doing it, he sent me the pilot the, uh, comics and I really loved ’em,” Johnson told AfterBuzz TV’s Amy Cassandra Martinez at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend.

In the series, Johnson plays Grey McConnell, Parios’ close friend.

The show, which is based off a series of novels by the same name, follows Parios as she returns home to Portland and cares for her brother while struggling with other obstacles.

Johnson’s friend support is equally strong off screen as it is on.

“I really like her [Cobie Smulders] as a lead. I think especially like the fact that we’re on ABC and she’s bisexual, I find really interesting,” said Johnson.

The big question: how will audiences react? Johnson admits he doesn’t know.

“I’m curious how that’s going to go over,” questioned Johnson, before adding either way, he’s happy the show is coming together. “There’s a lot of that, that I found like very exciting about trying to take a comic like that.”

Stumptown is set to premiere on ABC on September 25th, 2019.