Veronica Mars
The Second Rob Thomas Interview

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CB: No way! RT: Yeah, and it's going to be such a perfect role for him. He's gonna do it in a British accent, and play the singer/co-songwriter of a band that was big in the mid-'90s, and now he's out on the road solo, and sort of self-loathing. Here, Rob tells me more about the plot, but asks me not to reveal it. RT: It's not written yet, but John Enbom is a really funny writer and Paul is great, so I'm really excited about that. It'll be the second of our stand-alone episodes. CB: Awesome. Love Paul Rudd. So let's talk about the cast changes. You've got Chris Lowell and Julie Gonzalo this year. What were your goals and thinking behind creating Piz and Parker? RT: You know, with Piz, I wanted the anti-Logan, and with Parker, I wanted the anti-Mac. That was sort of the thinking going into it. And it's more than an anti-Logan; it's not another moody rich boy in Veronica's life. I wanted sort of a fun, too-many-words-in-his-mouth character that doesn't have down energy, but has fun energy. Rather than a dour countenance, a sweet countenance. I've really been happy with the cast this year. CB: So, the opening credits. Did you revamp them in the spirit of making a fresh start? RT: Yeah, a fresh start, but also, it's closer to what I always wanted the credits to be. It's a little tricky, because I always wanted moody, noir main titles...it always felt like, in the first two seasons, the main titles were too peppy for the show. And so, with Veronica going to college, clearly we had to change the main titles, because they were so high-school, with the notebook and all of that, and I'm not a big fan of the cut-together clips main titles. That's always been a little bit of a sore spot for me, and Entertainment Weekly did a thing a long time ago that rated shows' main titles that gave us an A for the song and a C-minus for the actual titles, which I will tell you that I agreed with absolutely. And everyone on the show is so married to that song, we think of it as our song. So we thought, it's not a particularly moody song, can we try to get it closer to what we want...in my mind, it's not a home run, but I like it better. I don't know that we will ever be successful in marrying noir and that song. However, the other thing is, you go on a big network, you get maybe a hundred thousand dollars to do a main title, and we're doing one for twenty-five thousand. I watch those HBO main titles and it's like a wet dream, like the Six Feet Under titles. It's like, how much money did you spend on that? We don't spend that much on an episode. So certainly, I'm still not entirely satisfied, but I like the shift, and thinking that we're going to have a new audience, I wanted to feel a little more adult.

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