By Maurice Bobb
Good news, Marshmallows! CW Seed announced Monday (May 5) that they are taking fans back to Neptune with the launch of "Play It Again, Dick," a " Veronica Mars " spin-off starring Ryan Hansen.
Mars creator Rob Thomas has been tapped to co-write and produce the show for the digital-only studio. According to the official press release, Hansen will play himself on the show as he "begs, cajoles, and pleads with his former 'Veronica Mars' castmates and friends to help him get his character, Dick Casablancas, his own spin-off show."
That, of course, leaves the door wide open for key guest appearances from Hansen's former "Veronica Mars" co-stars, especially the queen of sleuth herself, Kristen Bell, as Veronica, and other high-profile guests.
Casablancas, Neptune's rich and endearing surfer boy, was a Mars series regular that became a fan favorite after a recurring role in the first season (2004), which ran on UPN until The CW picked up the detective franchise for one year. Casablancas made his last appearance in the Veronica Mars feature film earlier this year.
Hansen currently stars as middle school gym teacher Joel Kotsky on the CBS series "Bad Teacher." "Play It Again, Dick" is slated to premiere on CW Seed this summer.