Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television, the upcoming series on YouTube RED, is exactly what it sounds like. Starring Veronica Mars and Party Down alum Ryan Hansen as a “bizarro version of [himself],” the show will see Ryan Hansen partnered with a homicide detective to use his “actor skills” to help solve, well, crimes – and more specifically, murder crimes. Veronica Mars fans will also be glad to know that Veronica Mars herself, Kristen Bell, will guest star as well as iZombie‘s Payten Charles, Aly Michalka, who IMDB shows as being in 6 of 8 episodes. Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale, Orange is the New Black) also stars as Hansen’s “no-nonsense” partner, Detective Mathers.
The concept sounds familiar enough for two reasons: one – Ryan Hansen has already portrayed a bizarro version of himself in Veronica Mars “real life” spinoff Play it Again, Dick, so we have at least some idea of what a caricatured version of the actor might look like. And two – it doesn’t sound too unlike a certain well-loved comedy crime drama starring Nathan Fillion as novelist-meets-homicide detective using his unique skillset to solve murders. Both shows are well-rated on IMDB, so hopefully combining them will also prove to give fans more of what they want.
Regarding starring in Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television, Hansen says, “I don’t say ‘No,’ to things.” Also, “I just really enjoy having a sense of humor about myself.” And we thank you for that, Ryan Hansen.
The eight-episode, half-hour comedy procedural from veteran comedy director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) . . . features a who’s who of stars playing bizarro versions of themselves including Joel McHale, Jon Cryer and Kristen Bell, among others . . . [The show] is an action comedy set in a world where the LAPD thinks it’s a good idea to form a task force partnering actors with homicide detectives to take advantage of their “actor skills” and industry connections to help solve murders. It’s written with Hansen in mind because, creator Rawson Marshall Thurber said, his is an “easy voice to write for, and when he’s sober he’s amazing.” [It’s] poking fun at “mostly everything Dick Wolf has ever put on the air . . . The procedural groove is so worn into television’s consciousness it just seemed really easy to make fun of” . . . [They] did not get constant notes about the show changing formats because in their show-within-a-show the creators could never agree on the format. The first episode, for instance, ends on a four-camera, live-audience sitcom stage. And every episode starts with one more dead body than the previous episode.
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