We don’t usually re-post straight press releases – but here’s the thing. We’re excited to see more from the mind behind Veronica Mars (Rob Thomas). We want you to know where and when you can get it (CTV Extend, CW Seed, & Now). I’ve always enjoyed Ryan Hansen’s Dick Casablancas – a character who seemed to go out of his way to live us to his namesake. Maybe he’s not most upstanding character from Neptune, but isn’t the seediness of the series that kind of the point.
In case you were concerned, yes. Kristen Bell is a part of this. So keep reading for the details – I’m going to go get this series started.
TORONTO (Sept. 16, 2014) – Calling all “Marshmallows!” CTV announced today that the first episode of the buzzed-about new VERONICA MARS digital spinoff series, PLAY IT AGAIN, DICK named for one of the original series’ favourite characters, is now available on CTV EXTEND at CTV.ca and on the CTV GO app. Starring Ryan Hansen (VERONICA MARS, PARTY DOWN) as himself, the eight-episode series is a meta-adaptation of the teen sleuth cult classic, which sees the entire cast return to play fictional versions of themselves and their onscreen VERONICA MARS characters. Available free for digital viewing, the seven additional episodes of PLAY IT AGAIN, DICK will roll out weekly, with each episode varying in length between seven and 10 minutes. PLAY IT AGAIN, DICK follows the release of the VERONICA MARS film, which hit theatres earlier this year, following a successful Kickstarter campaign and immense fan support.
“PLAY IT AGAIN, DICK is a great addition to the current robust and growing roster of CTV EXTEND programming,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. “With such a strong, established fan base for VERONICA MARS, we’re confident that viewers will enjoy this funny new spin-off.”
Following the success of the VERONICA MARS feature film, Ryan Hansen knows that it’s finally time to give the Marshmallows what they’ve really been waiting for – the Dick Casablancas spin-off series, “Private Dick,” with Dick as the suave, wise-cracking, bad-ass private eye he was always meant to be. With a brilliant treatment for the show in hand, now Ryan just needs to convince… literally everyone else… that this is a great idea.
By begging, cajoling, and performing some unsavory-sounding favours, Ryan manages to sign his former VERONICA MARS castmates on for the “Private Dick” pilot, including Kristen Bell (HOUSE OF LIES, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Jason Dohring (RINGER), Enrico Colantoni (FLASHPOINT), Percy Daggs III (Q), and Francis Capra (A Bronx Tale) all reprising their original roles. Ryan knows that “Private Dick” has everything a VERONICA MARS fan has been starving for: guns, tricked-out muscle cars, chase sequences, catch-phrases, and all the Dick they could ask for.
PLAY IT AGAIN, DICK is created and executive produced by Rob Thomas (VERONICA MARS, PARTY DOWN, iZOMBIE), and is written by Thomas and Bob Dearden. The series is produced by Danielle Stokdyk and directed by Viet Nguyen.