"'Veronica Mars' Just Rolls Off The Tongue"
RT: At one point I mentioned in front of Joel that we had tinkered with the idea of Logan having an older sister. Joel, being Joel, was immediately like, "That's a fantastic idea -- get me a list of all the early twenties, hot actresses out there." And we turned over all these lists, but they were -- like, he wanted Tara Reid. And Tara Reid wouldn't come to our show. And this is where we have different philosophies, and I don't even mean to say that mine is the correct one, because I don't think that -- he raises very valid points. He says, "If you want to keep doing that precious little cult show on UPN, that's fine -- cast whoever you want. If you want people to watch, if you want to be on the air for Season 2, let me put someone in there who will bring people to the show." And it's a constant debate we have. But Alyson appeared on one of these lists, and I circled her name and said she would be great, and fun to play against Logan. When I called her and talked to her, it was a bit of a struggle to get her, but the fun part of it was that she was already a huge fan of the show, and one of the things that really excited her was getting to work with Jason. The thing working against us was the she said, "You guys are kind of the new Buffy, and will that be a real sideways move in my career if I come on the show?" She signed for two episodes this season, but we're not sure where we're going with it beyond that. If she doesn't get a pilot and get a show on the air, maybe we'll see her next year.
CB: Can you tell us anything you have planned for Season 2?
RT: No. And it's not that I'm keeping secrets, it's that I don't know. All I can say is that the network has made it very clear that they want another big mystery -- you know, a year-long thing, and they want it to be the kind of the same format. We've got ideas that we've bounced around about what that mystery could be. Originally, we were thinking of introducing it in the season finale, but now we're thinking that if we have Veronica solve the big case without taking a moment of victory, I think the audience would feel cheated.
CB: Thank you so much, Rob -- this has been an absolute pleasure. I hope to speak with you again on behalf of TWoP.
RT: My pleasure.