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The Veronica Mars spinoff trailer was funny and depressing

The just-released trailer for the Veronica Mars spinoff, Play It Again, Dick, hilariously spoofs The Newsroom, but then things get weird.

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In the spoof, a copier prints script pages. But instead of seeing the serious lines of the dramatic final season of The Newsroom, the Play It Again, Dick script features such witty dialogue as, “Everyone else is outside at the clothing-optional pool” and “Aaaaaarrrrgggghhh!!!”

Of course, the spoof trailer ends with spinoff lead, Ryan Hansen, photocopying his butt. We just see his pants down around his ankles as the copier machine lights up from above.

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Then, cue the partying montage of what’s to come in the series.

Now, while this is all well and good, there is one big problem with this fun and quirky trailer: It is a far cry from the Veronica Mars we know and love. Sure, Ryan Hansen’s character, Dick, is great comedic relief, but Veronica Mars was never a quirky comedy. It dealt with heavy themes of murder and rape and kept us on our toes all the way through. So, while this spinoff looks goofy and silly, it is not sticking with the feel of the show we once knew, which means we aren’t sure if it will appeal to Veronica Mars fans.

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Plus, Kristen Bell is only making a brief cameo in a few episodes. The show will focus on a fictionalized version of Hansen, who thinks it’s a great idea to create a spinoff focused on himself and his Veronica Mars character, Dick Casablancas, of course.

The spinoff series will consist of eight episode, each between seven and 10 minutes. The first two episodes will premiere on CW Seed on Sept. 16, with one new episode each following week.

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