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ABC’s newest crime show Stumptown will stay true to the graphic novel of the same name, and Dex Parios, the main character, will be bisexual. Former How I Met Your Mother, Friends From College, and Avengers star Cobie Smulders is returning to broadcast TV this Fall to anchor the ABC series, and she has confirmed this important detail. In the show, Smulders plays Army veteran turned private investigator Dex Parios, a woman just trying to survive in Portland, OR, while taking care of her younger brother and also struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder from her time serving in Afghanistan. The show is based on a graphic novel series written by Greg Rucka, who has also written Batman, Batwoman, Superman, and Wonder Woman comics, among many others. Rucka credits classic P.I. authors like Robert B. Parker and Raymond Chandler and classic P.I. television like Magnum, P.I. and The Rockford Files as his influences, though Dex Parios is definitely her own brand of private investigator.One aspect of the character that makes her unique in the world of TV crime shows is that the character from the comics is bisexual – and ABC is not shying away from highlighting that part of her on the television series, something that might not have been possible on a broadcast network as recently as a few years ago. POPSUGAR

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