What do you do when your brilliant, under appreciated teen detective show is canceled far too soon? You get tough. You get even. And then you create a Kickstarter campaign so successful it not only breaks its $2 million goal in less than ten hours, it shatters Kickstarter records. And then, dear Marshmallows, you make one hell of a fan movie — a movie that reunites everyone’s favorite Neptune characters, sets up a new, more grown up Veronica Mars universe, and leaves your rabid fans clamoring for more.
This September, it looks like we are in fact getting more. Yes, that’s right: Buzzfeed broke the news Veronica Mars spinoff web series Play It Again, Dick premieres the week of September 15, and it has more alumni than we know what to do with. Back when series creator and all around lovely human being Rob Thomas announced the web series, he described it as Veronica Mars meets Party Down, where Ryan Hansen would play a fictionalized version of himself “deciding to capitalize on the current Veronica Mars heat to get his own series on the air. He’ll try to pull his actor pals into the venture with varying degrees of success.”
After yesterday’s announcement, we’ve got a much better idea of what the series will look like, and we couldn’t be more jazzed. Kristen Bell is back as our beloved wisecracking P.I., but she’ll also be playing, yes, a version of herself who joins the series to appease poor Ryan. Also playing their Veronica Mars characters AND versions of themselves: Jason Dohring/Logan Echolls, Enrico Colantoni/Keith Mars, Percy Daggs III/BFF extraordinaire Wallace Fennell, Francis Capra as Eli “Weevil” Navarro, Daran Norris/Cliff McCormack, Kyle Gallner/Cassidy “Beaver” Casablancas (!!!), Christopher B. Duncan/Clarence Wiedman, and Ryan Devlin/Duncan Kane (more on that later).
That’s not all, folks. Chris Lowell and Ken Marino will simply be playing versions of themselves, while others like Amanda Noret (Madison Sinclair) and Lisa Thornhill (Celeste Kane) will be reprising their roles on the show. Confused yet?
Ok. Let’s unpack this. First of all, this sounds like a delicious, self-aware mash-up of not just Party Down and Veronica Mars, but Showtime’s Episodes! I’m also thrilled that almost all of our favs are back (where’s Mac??), including the supremely talented Kyle Gallner. (How his show character returns from the dead remains to be seen, but with Dick at the wheel, things can only get nuttier.) Also: Celeste Kane, Madison Sinclair, and Clarence Wiedman? Is this new series going to go back to its roots/dive back into the murky world of the Kane family? Is a cameo from Amanda Seyfried too much to ask?
Also: Veronica’s on-again-off-again boyfriend/potential half brother/justified baby-napper is back — and recast. You might recognize the new Duncan from the show’s third season, where he played creepo rapist and one of Logan Echoll’s many questionable BFFs, Mercer Hayes.
Considering the multitude of in-jokes and references in the Veronica Mars movie, I’m willing to bet we’re going to get a lot of sly winks about that weird tie-in. In fact, this web series format is practically begging for an even more over-the-top, meta take on the world of Veronica Mars. After contributing to the Kickstarter, staying up to date with the team’s adorable videos and updates, analyzing the new soundtrack, and attending the film’s midnight premiere (on my birthday, no less!), I don’t think I could be more excited for this web series. More Veronica Mars in our lives, friends! This can only be good.
Play It Again, Dick premieres the week of September 15th on CW Seed.
Are you looking forward to this meta version of Veronica Mars? Which characters would you like to see return? Let me know in the comments below, or geek out and share your best reaction gifs with me on Twitter! It was tough to pick just one.