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Hulu lands on Veronica Mars

Warner Bros’ cult hit Veronica Mars

US streamer Hulu has picked up the rights for the return of teen classic series Veronica Mars from Warner Bros Television (WBTV).

Hulu has made an eight-episode direct-to-series order for the show, which is due to join its slate of originals in 2019.

As part of the deal, the SVoD service has also picked up the streaming rights to all past episodes of the early 2000s drama in an agreement with Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution. From summer 2019, Hulu audiences will be able to watch seasons one to three of the original series as well as the 2014 feature film.

The 2004/07 series aired on UPN and later The CW. It starred Kristen Bell as the eponymous character who moonlights as a private investigator despite being a teenager making the move from high school to university. Returning to the fictional town of Neptune, California the new series will see Bell reprise her role to investigate a series of murders of young people.

US firm Spondoolie Productions will produce the limited series in association with WBTV, with Spondoolie chief Rob Thomas exec producing with Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Dan Etheridge. Bell also exec produces, and Thomas has penned the opening episode.

Hulu has been circumspect in commissioning new original scripted shows of late, but added adult animated comedy Solar Opposites in August and Little Fires Everywhere in March.

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