Veronica Mars isn't even dead, but already the vultures are circling. Reliable sources confirm that CBS has approached Mars' creator extraordinaire Rob Thomas about assuming show-running duties on its just-picked-up fall pilot Viva Laughlin! in the event CW axes VM. Produced by Hugh Jackman, Viva is described as a musical drama about a man who opens a casino in Laughlin, Nev. It goes without saying that this'll all be a moot point if CW picks up VM in the FBI. And last I heard there was still a chance of that happening. Albeit a slim one. In other words, don't you dare give up hope! (BTW, I was kidding about the vultures part. CBS would be very smart to snatch up Thomas should he become available.)