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A long time ago, we used to be friends. And then the CW cancelled Veronica Mars. Some of us ranted. Most of us moved on. But we were all drawn back to Neptune the moment Rob Thomas gave us hope that we would have our favorite Marshmallow back in movie form if we helped Kickstart it. In a matter of months, Veronica Mars will arrive in theaters, and from what’s being reported, it doesn’t end there. The series will live on through a digital spinoff. What kind of spinoff, you ask? Which character or characters will be involved? Details are vague at the moment.
This news comes out of the CW TCA press tour, as reported by Deadline. The CW announced that they’re giving Veronica Mars a spinoff series, which is “for now online only.” And by “for now,” I like to think that maybe — just maybe — there’s a chance if things worked out really well for it, it would be developed into a full series. But that’s just speculation and probably premature at this point, considering we know almost nothing about the digital series, other than that it’s slated for CW’s online branch CW Seed and that Veronica Mars series creator and movie director Rob Thomas will develop it once he finishes up with the feature film, which is due to arrive in theaters March 14.
In terms of what the spinoff will be or which character(s) it will follow, that may be something Rob Thomas will keep quiet about until after the film releases, assuming the spinoff is too closely linked to the events of the film for Thomas to discuss without spoiling anything. If that’s not the case, perhaps we’ll get some updates between now and the movie release.
UPDATE: Rob Thomas tweeted this tonight, revealing that the digital series is a comedy centered around Ryan Hansen, who plays Dick Casablancas in Veronica Mars:
So... if it became an actual TV series, would it be the Dick series Hansen's trying to get made, or a continuation of the webseries? Not sure what to make of this just yet.
As Deadline points out, Rob Thomas has another project in the works for CW. We learned last fall that Thomas was developing DC’s iZombie for the network. Based on a comic series, the story centers on a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job at a coroner’s office, which offers her all the brains she can eat. As brain consumption gives her access to the deceased’s memories, she uses that perk to help her medical examiner boss and a police detective solve crimes. That last part sounds right up Thomas’ alley, and the supernatural side seems like a great fit for the CW. So it’s not entirely surprising to hear that — according to Deadline’s intel — this project has a good shot at getting a pilot order. So there’s that to cross our fingers for as well.
In the meantime, here’s the trailer for the Veronica Mars movie…