Stumptown Canceled Despite Previous Renewal

Well this is a bummer. 

Despite initially renewing Stumptown for a season two, ABC has now decided to cancel the Cobie Smulders-starring drama. The move is due to timing and scheduling needs, related to the pandemic. Deadline reports that the show was canceled when the new season would not have been ready until April, and that the studio ABC Signature is shopping the show to other networks and streaming sites. 

Season one ended on a few cliffhangers, including the arrival of Dex’s (Smulders) mother, but now it’s possible we may never get to meet her or find out exactly why she abandoned her children. 

Stumptown is just the latest TV casualty of the pandemic. Netflix renewed and then canceled The Society and I Am Not Okay With This. TruTV also canceled I’m Sorry in the middle of production on the third season, and we’re already bracing ourselves for more bad news to come as TV shows continue to try to return to production. 

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Lionel Messi cuts off contract renewal talks with Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has called off negotiations over renewing his contract with the club and is ready to leave the Catalans when his current deal expires in 2021, according to a report by Spanish radio station Cadena Ser on Friday.

The report said Messi and his father Jorge had begun discussing renewing his last deal with the club, which was signed in 2017, but that he no longer wishes to stay at the Camp Nou.

The report added that Messi is angry about leaked media reports that appeared to make him seem responsible for events at the club, such as the January sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde, and that he is frustrated about the squad’s lack of quality.

The Argentine’s representatives and Barcelona did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Messi, who turned 33 last month, scored his 700th career goal on Tuesday against Atletico Madrid, but the milestone strike ended in disappointment as Barca drew the game 2-2 in the latest blow to their bid to retain the Spanish title.

Barca trail Real Madrid by four points in the title race with five games remaining after Real beat Getafe 1-0 on Thursday.

Previously known for his shy personality off the pitch, Messi has become more vocal in his criticism of the club in the last year.

In January he hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal, who he said had implied players had led to Valverde being sacked.

In a February interview with newspaper Mundo Deportivo, he declared the team was not good enough to win this season’s Champions League.

Then in April, he criticized the board for implying players were not willing to accept a pay-cut to help the team’s financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic.

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