Veronica Mars is an American television series based around a youthful noir mystery drama developed by screenwriter Rob Thomas. Kristen Bell appears as the titular girl in the series, which is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California. The series began on September 22, 2004, during the last two years of UPN’s existence, and ended on May 22, 2007, after a season on UPN’s successor network, The CW, for a total of three seasons. Warner Bros. Television, Silver Pictures Television, Stu Segall Productions and Rob Thomas Productions produced Veronica Mars. Joel Silver and Thomas were executive producers throughout the series, while Diane Ruggiero was elevated to executive producer in the third season.
Veronica Mars is a high school girl who is transferring to college while working as a private detective under the supervision of her detective father. Veronica solves a separate, standalone case in each episode as she tries to unravel a more complicated mystery. Each of the first two seasons of the series featured a season-long mystery story that started with the first episode and ended with the season finale. The third season used a new structure, focusing on shorter mystery arcs spanning many episodes.
Thomas originally intended Veronica Mars to be a young adult book with a male protagonist; he changed his mind after deciding that a noir story presented from a female perspective would be more fascinating and unique. The series began filming in March 2004 and debuted in September to an audience of 2.49 million Americans. In the United States, the 22 episodes of the critically acclaimed first season averaged 2.5 million viewers per episode. The series was included on several best-of-fall TV lists and received several awards and nominations. Throughout its existence, the series was nominated for two Satellite Awards, four Saturn Awards, and five Teen Choice Awards, and was included on AFI’s list of Television Shows of the Year in 2005.
After the series’ discontinuation, Thomas drafted a feature film script that would continue the story. Warner Bros. chose not to fund the project at the time. On March 13, 2013, Bell and Thomas began a Kickstarter effort to raise money for the film’s production, surpassing the $2 million goal in less than 11 hours. They have raised over $5.7 million on Kickstarter. The film was released on March 14, 2014. On July 19, 2019, Hulu aired a fourth season of eight episodes.
Hulu said in November 2019 that it has no plans to acquire the fifth season.
Veronica Mars was renewed for season 5?
Unfortunately, it seems that Veronica Mars’ rebirth was short-lived. Rob Thomas informed TVLine in November 2019 that there have been no negotiations with Hulu for a fifth season. That said, never underestimate the inventiveness of Thomas, Bell and the “Marshmallow” fans. After all, it was a successful crowdfunding campaign that led to the film being picked up for season 4. Sadly, it looks like Hulu won’t be home for a season 5 if it does materialize.
Despite this, Thomas claimed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he plans to keep the Veronica Mars train rolling for future seasons. Thomas explained his motivation for the murder of Logan (Jason Dohring): “Well, here’s the point: I want to continue with Veronica Mars. Kristen and I discussed making them until they get to the level of Murder She Wrote, and I believe for the show to work that way, it has to function like a noir detective show,” before Logan added why Logan had to die in order to make it happen.
Veronica Mars Season 4 Ending
The fourth season of Veronica Mars ended with a real – and deadly – boom. Veronica identified Penn Epner, a Cho’s Pizza delivery boy, as the architect of the Neptune bombs. Veronica and Logan were married at Neptune’s City Hall, assuming she saw him defuse the last bomb. Later that day, the two went home while Veronica wondered about the final riddle about another possible bomb set up by Penn. Realizing that the bomb had been placed in her own vehicle, she ran to Logan, who had gone to the car to move it, and watched Logan die in the explosion.
Season 4 ended with Veronica ending even more emotionally as she came to terms with her husband’s death and tried to move on with her life. It was revealed that she would finally enter treatment (as Logan had urged her all season) and continue to help her father with Mars Investigations. As news of the Neptune bombs spread across the United States, cases began to arrive from all over the country. Looking for an excuse to flee Neptune, Veronica embarked on a road trip to solve them on behalf of Mars Investigations.
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Enrico Colantoni, who played Veronica’s father Keith Mars in the series, expressed interest in a cinematic adaptation.
In January 2007, Dawn Ostroff revealed that while she was pleased with Veronica Mars’ progressive rating increase, the series will be canceled after the February sweeps to make way for a new reality series, Pussycat Dolls Present. When the hiatus ended, the series resumed for the final five episodes of the season. Ostroff revealed during the 2007 CW Upfront that Veronica Mars will not be part of the new primetime schedule and “wouldn’t be returning.” Thomas made a trailer called “Veronica in the FBI” four years after the end of the third season and included it on the DVD of the third season. When asked if the FBI’s idea could come true, Ostroff said the series was almost certainly dead “in one form or another”. Additionally, Ostroff said Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas may be working together on another CW project. In June 2007, TV Guide reporter Michael Ausiello announced the demise of the show.