Add Max Greenfield’s Leo D’Amato as the latest to return for Hulu’s upcoming “Veronica Mars” revival, with Patton Oswalt also joining the series in a recurring role.
In the original series, D’Amato was the new sheriff’s deputy. In the 2014 film, he was a detective at the San Diego Police Department who helped Veronica (Kristen Bell) in the Susan Knight murder investigation. Greenfield currently stars on CBS’ freshman comedy, “The Neighborhood.”
Oswalt, meanwhile, will play Penn Epner. Penn is on the wrong side of 40 for “best pizza delivery guy in Neptune” to be his claim to fame, but the dude won’t shut up about it. He barely shuts up at all. Pizza delivery is his job, but his passion is “true crime.” He is a frequent poster on unsolved murder websites. Penn is affable and a bit hapless, and he’s going to milk his 15 minutes for all they’re worth.
Greenfield will join star Kristen Bell and series creator Rob Thomas — along with a slew of other “Veronica Mars” alums — for the streamer’s eight-episode run. Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas), Jason Dohring (Logan), Francis Capra (Weevil), Percy Daggs III (Wallace), David Starzyk (Richard Casablancas) and Enrico Colantoni (Veronica’s father, Keith Mars) — all regular cast members from the original series — were previously confirmed for the revival.
Oswalt joins fellow newcomers Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Dawnn Lewis.
Here is the official logline for the project: Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.
As part of the revival deal, Hulu has also struck an agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for streaming rights to all past episodes of the original “Veronica Mars,” including the 2014 feature film. All will be available in 2019.
“Veronica Mars” debuted in 2004 and ran for two seasons on UPN, jumping to The CW for one season before getting canceled. Bell starred as the titular spy on the original series, which followed a California teen sleuth and student who led a second life as a private investigator under the guidance of her detective father.
The revival hails from Spondoolie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Along with Thomas, Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Dan Etheridge will serve as executive producers.
Read everything we currently know about the “Veronica Mars” revival here.