There’s shows that I like, such as Modern Family and How I Met Your Mother. There’s shows I love, like The Amazing Race and Big Bang Theory. Then there’s shows that I will never forget. Shows like Alias, Chuck, Scrubs, and what could be my favorite show of all-time, Veronica Mars.
Who is Veronica Mars, you ask?
I’m not surprised you’re asking. Veronica Mars ran on the WB network and later on UPN between 2004 and 2007. This was before Des Moines even had these networks, but a friend introduced me to the DVDs during the second season. Since it was on such a small network, the show got meager ratings. However, it was one of those shows with a passionate cult following.
VM was the breakout role for Kristen Bell. You know her now from Gossip Girl, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and When in Rome. It was written brilliantly by producer Rob Thomas (no, not THAT Rob Thomas). The show had some of the wittiest, sharpest, and funniest dialogue of any show I had ever seen. Every character was quotable, every personality a bit incredible.
The show centered around a teenage girl living with her private detective single dad. Veronica helps out in the family business and manages to solve a few crimes at her own high school. While the setting was a fictional California town and high school, it didn’t just pander to teens. The writing was so well done that adults could get just as involved in the show.
Unfortunately, the show didn’t make it past three seasons. Ratings weren’t high enough and the new CW Network wasn’t quite ready to launch. Veronica rode off into the sunset (with a season 3 cliffhanger, might I add).
But now, there is talk of a Veronica Mars movie starring the original cast and I couldn’t be more excited. What’s best yet is that the fans will ultimately decide whether this movie gets made. In a unique move, the producers have teamed up with the fundraising website Kickstarter to help get the movie funded. They need to raise $2 million in 30 days, or Warner Brothers won’t green light the project. (Donate here!!!) Things are looking good as the project has already raised $750,000 in the first day and at the time of me writing this blog.
If you ever saw the show or were curious, I hope you’ll consider making a donation to this project – I did! And if you get a chance, check out the 3 original seasons of Veronica Mars on DVD. You won’t be disappointed!