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Camryn Manheim Attracted To “Beautiful Writing” Behind ‘Stumptown’

There’s a couple of reasons why I’m pretty excited to check out Stumptown. For one, it’s based on a Greg Rucka graphic novel, and Rucka is one of the most acclaimed writers in the comic book industry. Secondly, the cast has its share of talented actors, and Emmy winning actress Camryn Manheim (The Practice, Ghost Whisperer) discusses why she’s excited about being a part of Stumptown.

STUMPTOWN’S Michael Ealy, Camryn Manheim, Tantoo Cardinal, Adrian Martinez and Cole Sibus, joined by executive producers Jason Richman and Matt Olmstead enjoy Feast Portland, the largest food and drink festival in the Northwest. The cast and EPs, joined by executive producer and author of the “Stumptown” graphic novels, Greg Rucka, participate on a panel moderated by KATU’s Wesleigh Ogle at Rose City Comic-Con in Portland, Oregon in anticipation of the series premiere on Wednesday, September 25. (ABC/Allyson Riggs) CAMRYN MANHEIM and COLE SIBUS

Stumptown centers on Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders), an army veteran who makes ends meet as a Portland, Oregon private eye. With a gambling debt and messy love life to shoulder, Dex may be a sharp private eye, but she doesn’t come sans complications.

During the Stumptown press day, Camryn Manheim discussed what intrigued her about playing Lieutenant Cosgrove. She also praised the show’s “beautiful writing” and “amazing cast”:

“We tend to see a lot of professionals in uniform, we never get to see their backstory. We never get to see their flaws,” said Manheim who recently attended Feast Portland with her Stumptown colleagues. “We don’t get to see their life as it is. What’s going to be great about Lieutenant Cosgrove is she has a life and she some desperations and some goals she never reached . . . I’m really looking forward to going deeper into a woman in her 50s who is good at what she does and what is life about. This is such a character driven show.”

For the audio version of Manheim’s answer, take a listen below:

Stumptown, co-starring Jake Johnson, Michael Ealy, and Tantoo Cardinal, premieres Wednesday, September 25 on ABC (10 p.m. EDT).

Greg Srisavasdi
I've been a movie reviewer/interview since 1991 (as a UCLA Daily Bruin scribe), worked at Westwood One, Deepest Dream owner, co-editor of Hollywood Outbreak, podcast co-host of "CinemAddicts" and "Matt and Greg Used To Interview Movie Stars." I can be reached at for inquiries or whatever the case may be!

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