Journey to Neptune With ‘Veronica Mars’

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“Veronica Mars”
Here’s one mystery solved: A “Veronica Mars” revival is officially happening, with Kristen Bell once again assuming the titular role. Hulu has put a script order in for what is likely to be an abbreviated series order. While still early on in production, the streaming network hired Colloff/Nicolo Casting to fill the remaining roster. The exact plotline for the reboot is unknown, but chances are the series will keep its old formula intact, with Mars investigating people and crimes around her fictional California town of Neptune. Little else is known about the revival, with early production decisions still being made; no dates or additional returning cast members are currently set. Los Angeles, which hosted the original series, will likely serve as home for filming when production begins.

“Sue Heck Spinoff”
“The Middle” said farewell to prime-time television last season, but there’s one Heck who’s not quite ready to say goodbye to the small screen. Despite taking off for college, the middle Heck child was still a prominent and beloved part of the ABC comedy, and the network is looking to extend her fandom into a project with her character at...the middle. The pilot will follow Sue as she sets out into the world and away from her small Indiana town. While trying to start her career in Chicago, she learns that being a 20-something in the city might not go the way she planned. The comedy is gearing up to start casting with G. Charles Wright in L.A. Eden Sher has already signed on to reprise her role as Sue Heck, and additional cast members will be added later. While the pilot is also casting in New York, L.A. will host the shoot. Production is likely to begin in early fall, around mid-October.

“Party of Five”
Not wanting to miss out on the opportunity for a reboot, “Party of Five” will return to the small screen. This time, however, the Freeform pilot is hitting some distinctly topical notes on its second trip to television. Five siblings are left to take care of themselves after their parents are deported to Mexico. In order to survive, the small group must sacrifice and prioritize to keep everyone together. The timely drama that pulls from the current headlines has yet to announce any actors attached to the project, but Guillen Casting is on board to fill the pilot. The shoot will likely take place in October. The production location has not yet been announced, but it looks like the Freeform project will stay on the West Coast.

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