Upon hearing that there was a real possibility of a Veronica Mars movie, if creator Rob Thomas could raise enough money through his Kickstarter campaign, the first reaction of any self-respecting fan of the show was to reach for their wallet and hand over all of their money. But the bigger question is: if they do meet their $2 million goal [Update: accomplished in a mere ten hours], is a Veronica Mars movie actually a good idea? We weigh the pros and cons.
On the surface, it seems unlikely that a show centered around two grown slacker men has anything in common with a charming series about a spirited high school student, but upon closer observation, the current Terriers and the dearly departed Veronica Mars actually have quite a bit alike. I got a chance to preview several upcoming episodes of the gritty new FX series and while it doesn't have a perky blonde acting as a private investigator and taking down criminals, Donal Logue's dirty blonde Hank is a complex character with a quick wit and the show is on its way to filling at least part of the void that the cancellation of Veronica Mars left in my life. Here's why:
After having our worlds rocked by the presence of both Alex Mack (Larisa Oleynik, as Ken Cosgrove's fiancée) and Clarissa Explains It All's Marshall Darling (Joe O'Connor, as Trudy's father) in the same Mad Men episode this past Sunday, it got us thinking about all of the former Nickelodeon, UPN and WB stars of the '90s and early 2000s that the show has redeemed over the years. There's Colin Hanks (of Roswell); Nora Zehetner and Sarah Drew (of Everwood); Matt Long (of Jack & Bobby); Danny Strong (of Buffy); and, of course, Vincent Kartheiser (of Angel), among others. Clearly, the show has an affinity for casting this niche of actors in weighty roles, so who should be next? These are our suggestions:
Confession time: When I decided to watch and then write a piece about the first season of Veronica Mars as part of my internship at TWoP, I told the editors that I had never before seen the show. But I had -- just once.
The Party Down premiere (Friday, March 20 at 10PM on Starz) looks like it has a lot going for it: a good premise (aspiring actors and writers passing time in LA as cater-waiters), a very funny cast (with plenty of Judd Apatow heavies -- Jane Lynch and Martin Starr, anyone?), and veteran creators and writing staff. But it also has something else going for it, something that to a certain segment of the television-fan population will be like Bacardi 151 to a drunk: approximately half the cast and crew of Veronica Mars! That might be a slight exaggeration, but keep reading to discover just exactly how many intersections these two shows can boast.
Yesterday, Chuck fans everywhere (including devoted TWoP posters) banded together to participate in one of the grand traditions of TV fandom: the grassroots Save Our Show campaign. How? Since Subway is Chuck's biggest sponsor, fans hope that by purchasing a $5 footlong sandwich at Subway and dropping a note in the comment box imploring NBC not to cancel their beloved dramedy, they can sway network execs who are currently deciding the fate of the on-the-bubble series. But plenty of past about-to-be-cancelled shows have spawned even more creative campaigns by desperate fans -- read on to relive some of the successes, and more of the failures. (Hint: Food-based protests don't always work...)
Blame Canada. That Oscar-nominated South Park ditty is easy to invoke when our northern neighbors export such ho-hum tube fare as this week's new CBS police crisis pick-up Flashpoint or SOAPnet's current trashfest MVP: He Shoots, She Scores. But we have to see the value of imports when the hockey-lovers deliver sublime treats like Due South and Slings & Arrows.
So maybe you skip Flashpoint -- although it does star northern boy Enrico Colantoni, forever beloved as the who's-your-daddy of Veronica Mars (and as the sweetly deluded alien in 1999's classic Star Trek send-up Galaxy Quest) -- and instead enjoy some DVDs of the great white north's greater gifts.