It felt funny just typing that headline. Though my love for the pint-size P.I. from Neptune High is great, it’s hard to picture her as the warm and cuddly new mom Kristen Bell has become. It’s actually going to be quite interesting to see Bell — who’s been winning our new mama hearts by tweeting pics of her breast pump and declaring she likes her extra baby weight just fine — step back into her character’s rather prickly skin in the 2014 Veronica Mars movie. That’s why we asked VM mastermind Rob Thomas how he thought she’d do as a mother.
One of the best things about the Veronica Mars movie panel at Comic-Con was getting to witness how much the cast still loves each other. When VH1 stopped by their afterparty hosted by the Samsung Galaxy Experience on Friday night, we saw even more.
“All I want to say is, this is a great guy,” Jason Dohring (Logan) told us, as he embraced Percy Daggs III (Wallace). “I’m so happy to be working with you again.”
“Some of my most enjoyable episodes were the two episodes where we just shot together the whole time,” Daggs agreed. “He’s a fun guy to work with.”
Confession: There are times when I forget that the thing you do for a living is what other people do for fun — and then there are times when I forget I’m even working. At the Comic-Con panel for the Veronica Mars this morning, I was pretty glad no one could see my unprofessional tears (happy tears!) in the darkened Hall H as footage of the Kickstarter-funded played. I almost forgot to take notes! But I did, so here are the important things I learned:
Is The Lone Ranger star Armie Hammer a “dominant lover” in the bedroom? Is Kristen Bell already back to being Veronica Mars? And how funny is the new trailer for Anchorman 2?
Former TV teens we love: Keri Russell, Kristen Bell, Katie Holmes, Alexis Bledel, Linda Cardellini and Neve Campbell
Now that we’ve seen how much potential Keri Russell’s upcoming FX series, The Americans, has — thanks to a trailer posted last week and an eerie scene up on Buzzfeed this morning — we are crossing our fingers that she is part of a trend. With former My So Called Life star Claire Danes busting terrorists on Homeland, and Felicity alum Russell working as a Soviet spy living deeply undercover on this new show, the way has been paved for other former TV teens to make huge comebacks in dramas of their own.
Kristen Bell’s been making a career of quirky romantic comedies, but now that she’s expecting her first child, we can imagine her going back to her Veronica Mars roots and settling down into another sassy detective role. (It doesn’t have to be the long-promised grown-up version of VM, but pretty please, TV gods, can it be?) We got all excited for Alexis Bledel’s small guest stint on Mad Men — could the Gilmore Girl have been testing waters for a bigger part on the small screen? Seeing that Vanity Fair Freaks and Geeks reunion made us eager to see more of Linda Cardellini. And though Neve Campbell and Katie Holmes probably got their fill of soapy angst on Party of Five and Dawson’s Creek, we think they could thrive in good procedural mysteries or the like.
What kinds of TV shows would you pick for these ladies? Flip through photos of them in their memorable roles and today, and then share your ideas in the comments below!
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Veronica Mars was where we got our first glimpse of Krysten Ritter’s giant eyes, flawless skin and energetic nature. Her part was rather small, but very noticeable, and we thought big things were in Krysten’s future. She moved onto another small part in another much-loved series, Gilmore Girls, and we still thought she was just biding her time. We kept seeing her face, hearing her name associated with upcoming shows, and never really getting to know what she could do as a leading lady. Maybe if that Gossip Girl spin-off about Serena’s mom, Lily, we would now be referring to Krysten as “Carol Rhodes” in the same way we always just want to call Ed Westwick “Chuck Bass.” But it wasn’t meant to be. Nor were Gravity, or Love Bites. And a show called Woke Up Dead starring Jon Heder as a zombie wasted away on the streaming video network Crackle.
But perhaps the world was just waiting for the awkwardly named but promisingly quirky comedy Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, premiering tonight on ABC. Krysten’s pretty funny as Chloe, the B in question who feels like she’s doing her roommates a service by making their lives a living hell. And we’re looking forward to seeing how she and Alicia Silverstone look as vampires in Clueless director Amy Heckerling’s movie Vamps. Is this finally Krysten’s moment? Let us know what you think after you tune in tonight!
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