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'Veronica Mars' Creator Gets 'Miss/Guided'


"Veronica Mars" may be no more, but her creator has already lined up his next television gig.

Rob Thomas is joining the staff of ABC's midseason series "Miss/Guided," the network confirms. He'll take on showrunner duties for the single-camera comedy, which stars Judy Greer ("Arrested Development," "Love Monkey") as a former nerd-turned-guidance counselor at the high school she attended.

Caroline Williams, a writer for "The Office," created the show and penned the pilot with Gaby Allan ("Scrubs"). "Beauty and the Geek" masterminds Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg are also among the executive producers, and Emmy winner Todd Holland ("Malcolm in the Middle," "Wonderfalls") directed the pilot.

The show will be Thomas' first time working on a half-hour comedy. Prior to "Veronica Mars," he created the cult favorite "Cupid" for ABC and worked on other dramas including "Dawson's Creek" and "The Education of Max Bickford." He's plenty familiar with "Miss/Guided's" high-school setting, though, having written several young-adult novels in addition to guiding Veronica Mars through the treacherous hallways of Neptune High.

"Miss/Guided" also stars Brooke Burns ("Pepper Dennis"), Kristoffer Polaha ("North Shore"), Jonathan Sadowski ("Live Free or Die Hard") and Earl Billings ("Thank You for Smoking"). ABC has not yet said where it will land on the schedule.

As for "Veronica Mars," while it's officially done as a TV series, Thomas said earlier this week that the story could continue in comic-book form. He's also considering a feature-film script based on the show.

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