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ABC Picks Up Another Pilot From Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas = The New Josh Schwartz?

OK, so it's not like Josh Schwartz needs to be replaced — with Gossip Girl and Chuck both coming back for second seasons, the OC ingenue is doing just fine, thanks. But Rob Thomas, creator of the late, great Veronica Mars, seems like he's about to give Schwartz a run for his money for the title of busiest man in TV.

We were impressed when Schwartz got two pilots last season; Thomas now has three: a remake of his own 1998 show, Cupid for ABC; a Beverly Hills, 90210 spinoff for the CW; and, most recently, a remake of New Zealand's Outrageous Fortune, also for ABC. Whew.

It's not just the sheer volume of work that makes me think Thomas is the Schwartz of this year's pilot season. They've got some other things in common, too:

  • They both discover unheralded young talent. Schwartz gets to claim Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody, and a big chunk of the cast of Gossip Girl. But Thomas has a big-time rising star in his own back pocket: Kristen Bell. Does one sassy teen detective trump a whole quiver of rich kids?
  • They both write great teen heroines. Thomas' Veronica Mars experience is what gives me hope for the 90210 project, while Schwartz takes the Dawson's Creek-style "nobody talks like that, but man, I wish they did" dialogue to a whole new level.
  • They both respond well to adversity. Just months after Schwartz's first show was canceled, he was back with two pilots — both of which have gone on to become buzzed-about series. Thomas spent his year post-Veronica Mars bouncing around various ABC shows (Big Shots, Miss/Guided), but now he's found his footing by reworking three older series — including one of his own that he wants to do better.

Not to mention, if networks keep pushing so hard for reality programming, pretty soon a huge percentage of our comedies and dramas will be written by these two guys. To see a short promo for the show Thomas most recently signed on to remake, about a criminal family that tries to go legit, just

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PinkTink707 PinkTink707 8 years
Rob Thomas is the man!!! He gave us Veronica Mars, and I will be eternally grateful for my 3 seasons of fracking awesome tv!! Oh how I miss that show!! (now all he needs to give us is a movie) ;)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I was thinking the same thing Jess8902! I saw the title and thought "Rob is creating shows now!?" haha, then I saw the photo and remember there is another Rob Thomas,lol.
em113 em113 8 years
Veronica Mars was an amazingly well-written show with tons of talents actors and actresses. I loved the O.C. but I will take Rob Thomas over Schwartz any day
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
Dammit I was thinking Rob Thomas of Matchbox20. Damn.
susanec susanec 8 years
I never watched it but Rob Thomas actually worked on Dawson's. Cupid was so great and so was VM.
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 8 years
I'm devoted to Rob Thomas after Veronica Mars. Man, I miss that show. =[
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
Why does everyone always have to be the new somebody else!? :?
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