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Pitching Season Four

by Couch Baron November 6, 2007
Veronica Mars DVD Extra

So as most readers probably know, as one effort to keep Veronica Mars alive for a fourth season, show creator and showrunner Rob Thomas pitched the CW on a new concept -- a fast-forward of several years to the point where Veronica was actually in the FBI. What they may not know is that the show's producers actually shot a mini-pilot as part of this effort. Said pilot, along with commentary from Rob and from supervising producer Dan Etheridge, appears as one of several Extras on the Season Three DVDs. Here's a little recap.

Rob tells us that Dawn Ostroff (executive in charge of programming first for UPN and then the CW) had expressed interest in "a first-year cops show." At least, I think he said that rather than a first year Cops show, because Veronica's awfully little to take down some of the strung-out freaks they get over there. Rob goes on that he had figured, if Veronica made it several seasons down the line, he would take Veronica to the FBI anyway, so the idea wasn't out of left field. Dan reiterates that, and adds that the challenge for the writers and production people was, instead of taking four years to develop Veronica's journey to the FBI, to do it in four days. Well, at least since Kristen Bell was playing younger, so they didn't have to age her up any. That doesn't always come off, as Jake Gyllenhaal would probably be only too happy to tell you. Rob says that this was obviously one effort to get the network to pick them back up, and while they might think America has decided about Veronica Mars, teen P.I., they might get a new chance from people with Veronica Mars: FBI.

After a close-up on a nameplate that reads "Principal Harris," we pan over to a hand tapping a pen on a desk, and then we cut to the man who owns that hand, whom I'm thrilled to see is Bob Gunton, one of my favorite bad guys ever for his portrayal of the warden in The Shawshank Redemption. He's also, awesomely, got one of those drinking birds on his desk, and we can all enjoy the scene as long as he doesn't ask it to vent any superheated gas. Anyway, Bob Gunton is reviewing "Veronica's" record, as the pigtailed girl in question is chomping on some gum and Jump Street-ing with the best of them. Bob Gunton mockingly says that Veronica's been busy -- three counts possession, two counts robbery, two counts assault -- and then asks, "So. What's your sob story?" I'd suggest Netflixing it, dude, if you've got a few days to kill. I guess Bob Gunton actually is some kind of warden here, though, despite his nameplate, which: double awesome. Veronica fakely blames it on some inappropriate childhood touching, and then leans forward and tells him he couldn't figure her out with "an idiot's guide and a Rosetta stone." Rosetta Stone would make a great drag name, don't you think? Sorry, shouldn't let myself get distracted -- I forgot how time-consuming this show is to recap. I mean, just all the times I have to type "Veronica" alone, you know? Bob Gunton asks Veronica if she misses her daughter, and she lets some hurt into her eyes and voice as she asks if he gets extra vacation days if she cries. Bob Gunton says he's sure Veronica's mom is taking good care of her daughter. "She's probably stopped huffing paint by now, right?" Boy, the record he's reading may be fictional, but given the trailer-trash elements, it sounds like Veronica hasn't exactly forgotten her real mother. Bob Gunton pulls out a cassette recorder and plays a tape of what sounds like a country song, and I'm sure the props department was just effing thrilled that for a show set in the future, they had to dig out something that went out of style when Veronica was in diapers. Anyway, Bob Gunton stands and skeevily calls Veronica a "little blonde slice of heaven" as he walks behind her. He asks her to tell him who she is as he massages her shoulders, and while I've already expressed my Gunton love, I'm going to have to say that while we'll yet see who she is, I think it's safe to guess that what she is is seriously grossed out. We close in on Veronica's face...

...and then we see her striding into FBI headquarters wearing a smart navy suit and announcing her name to the attendant. She gets her "Special Agent" security badge and clips it to her lapel. That's cool, but if she's a Special Agent on her first day, who's a regular agent in this place? Is it like, "Agent, can you plunge this toilet when you get a minute?"

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Pitching Season Four

by Couch Baron November 6, 2007
Veronica Mars DVD Extra

So as most readers probably know, as one effort to keep Veronica Mars alive for a fourth season, show creator and showrunner Rob Thomas pitched the CW on a new concept -- a fast-forward of several years to the point where Veronica was actually in the FBI. What they may not know is that the show's producers actually shot a mini-pilot as part of this effort. Said pilot, along with commentary from Rob and from supervising producer Dan Etheridge, appears as one of several Extras on the Season Three DVDs. Here's a little recap.

Rob tells us that Dawn Ostroff (executive in charge of programming first for UPN and then the CW) had expressed interest in "a first-year cops show." At least, I think he said that rather than a first year Cops show, because Veronica's awfully little to take down some of the strung-out freaks they get over there. Rob goes on that he had figured, if Veronica made it several seasons down the line, he would take Veronica to the FBI anyway, so the idea wasn't out of left field. Dan reiterates that, and adds that the challenge for the writers and production people was, instead of taking four years to develop Veronica's journey to the FBI, to do it in four days. Well, at least since Kristen Bell was playing younger, so they didn't have to age her up any. That doesn't always come off, as Jake Gyllenhaal would probably be only too happy to tell you. Rob says that this was obviously one effort to get the network to pick them back up, and while they might think America has decided about Veronica Mars, teen P.I., they might get a new chance from people with Veronica Mars: FBI.

After a close-up on a nameplate that reads "Principal Harris," we pan over to a hand tapping a pen on a desk, and then we cut to the man who owns that hand, whom I'm thrilled to see is Bob Gunton, one of my favorite bad guys ever for his portrayal of the warden in The Shawshank Redemption. He's also, awesomely, got one of those drinking birds on his desk, and we can all enjoy the scene as long as he doesn't ask it to vent any superheated gas. Anyway, Bob Gunton is reviewing "Veronica's" record, as the pigtailed girl in question is chomping on some gum and Jump Street-ing with the best of them. Bob Gunton mockingly says that Veronica's been busy -- three counts possession, two counts robbery, two counts assault -- and then asks, "So. What's your sob story?" I'd suggest Netflixing it, dude, if you've got a few days to kill. I guess Bob Gunton actually is some kind of warden here, though, despite his nameplate, which: double awesome. Veronica fakely blames it on some inappropriate childhood touching, and then leans forward and tells him he couldn't figure her out with "an idiot's guide and a Rosetta stone." Rosetta Stone would make a great drag name, don't you think? Sorry, shouldn't let myself get distracted -- I forgot how time-consuming this show is to recap. I mean, just all the times I have to type "Veronica" alone, you know? Bob Gunton asks Veronica if she misses her daughter, and she lets some hurt into her eyes and voice as she asks if he gets extra vacation days if she cries. Bob Gunton says he's sure Veronica's mom is taking good care of her daughter. "She's probably stopped huffing paint by now, right?" Boy, the record he's reading may be fictional, but given the trailer-trash elements, it sounds like Veronica hasn't exactly forgotten her real mother. Bob Gunton pulls out a cassette recorder and plays a tape of what sounds like a country song, and I'm sure the props department was just effing thrilled that for a show set in the future, they had to dig out something that went out of style when Veronica was in diapers. Anyway, Bob Gunton stands and skeevily calls Veronica a "little blonde slice of heaven" as he walks behind her. He asks her to tell him who she is as he massages her shoulders, and while I've already expressed my Gunton love, I'm going to have to say that while we'll yet see who she is, I think it's safe to guess that what she is is seriously grossed out. We close in on Veronica's face...

...and then we see her striding into FBI headquarters wearing a smart navy suit and announcing her name to the attendant. She gets her "Special Agent" security badge and clips it to her lapel. That's cool, but if she's a Special Agent on her first day, who's a regular agent in this place? Is it like, "Agent, can you plunge this toilet when you get a minute?"

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