A few months back we reported that CW Seed, the digital studio and incubator built by the CW television network, had picked up a web series spin-off of the cult TV show “Veronica Mars.” The new show was created by “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas but the term “spin-off” should be applied loosely. “Play It Again Dick” will feature actor Ryan Hansen playing a fictional version of himself trying to rally support for a spin-off based on his “Veronica Mars” character Dick Casablancas. Is that meta enough for you?
Well assuming that you haven’t Inception-ed yourself by thinking too hard about the concept, you’ll be excited to learn that the CW has revealed the full cast of the show and it looks like most of the old gang will be there. Kristen Bell, Christopher B. Duncan, Enrico Colantoni, Daran Norris, Percy Daggs III, Kyle Gallner, Francis Capra, Jason Dohring, Ryan Devlin, Chris Lowell, Ken Marino, Amanda Noret and Lisa Thornhill have all signed on to participate. Most of the actors will play fictionalized versions of themselves who are approached by Hansen to join the spin-off and many will also reprise their “Veronica Mars” roles, giving those beloved characters another few moments in the sun.
The CW was the network that originally put “Veronica Mars” on the air back in 2004, and they were the network that also cancelled it 2007. Presumably, the surge of fan interest in the show and the inarguable success of the “Veronica Mars” movie have motivated that network to take an interest in their wayward property once again. For now, “Play It Again Dick” is only slated to air digitally. However, the CW Seed is technically an incubator for new talent and concepts, and enough success could see the project jump to television if that network sees potential.
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