The CW had a couple fun announcements for its 2014 TCA press tour executive panel with president Mark Pedowitz, including a “Veronica Mars” digital spinoff coming to CW Seed, the network’s digital platform.
Details are scarce so far, as the concept has really just come to fruition in the last few days.
“[‘Veronica Mars’ creator Rob Thomas] and I spoke last night, he’s very excited about doing this,” says Pedowitz. “I don’t have a whole lot of details yet, but Rob was very excited to do something for CW Seed.”
Pedowitz adds that Thomas’ schedule is full right now, with the “Veronica Mars” movie coming out in March, but the CW has “great faith” in Thomas and is ready to take the spinoff wherever, whenever. Pedowitz also says that nothing has been ruled out, including turning the digital spinoff into a TV series.
“I have great faith in Rob that he’ll deliver something that’ll be fantastic,” says Pedowitz. “If it ever turned into a TV series again, hopefully he’ll think about it. .. Rob will tell us when he’s ready to do something and if [the original actors] are there, they’re there. If they’re not, they’re not. … He talked about potential people who could be involved, but he didn’t commit to anybody.”
Let the speculation begin, Marshmallows.
In other news, the CW has announced the acquisition of “Labyrinth,” a four-hour event miniseries starring former “Downton Abbey” star Jessica Brown Findlay and relative newcomer Vanessa Kirby alongside John Hurt, Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton.
The historical miniseries jumps back and forth between modern and medieval France as it follows the lives of two women who are separated by centuries, but united in their quest for the Holy Grail. The miniseries previously aired in multiple other countries but the CW premiere will be the first airing in the U.S. A date will be announced at a later time.
The CW also announced two new reality shows, “Barber Battle” and “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” both of which are competition series. Cedric the Entertainer will host “Barber Battle” and also serve as executive producer, while legendary magician duo Penn & Teller will invite aspiring magicians to “fool them” with the best trick each aspiring magic star has up his or her sleeve.
“We decided to see if we could have some fun with magic over the summer,” says Pedowitz.