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FBI Angle Not Dead for "Veronica Mars" Season Four

More twisty than one of the Dharma Initiative's orientation films. More needlessly confusing than the current season of 24.

Just what am I talking about? If you've been following the on-again, off-again future of the CW's Veronica Mars, you know exactly what I am talking about. It seems as though a day can't go by without someone from the cast or crew making a comment in the press about the show's fate.

Then there was the previously reported new story angle, with the action for a potential fourth season taking place several years in the future, with Veronica an FBI trainee. (An angle that Rob Thomas confirmed here on this very blog.) An interesting gambit, the pitch presented the opportunity for Thomas to present two very different avenues for a potential next season to the network.

Then on Friday, co-star Enrico Colantoni (a.k.a. Papa Keith) told the Toronto Star that the FBI angle had been vetoed by the network and was now as dead as poor Sheriff Lamb:
"Rob [Thomas] and a couple of the other executives said, 'Let's make a little showcase pilot of what Veronica could be like in four years.' They thought Dawn [Ostroff] might latch on to the idea of Veronica as an FBI agent in a kind of sexy workplace environment, รก la Grey's Anatomy, that kind of thing.

"We shot 10 pages and they saw it and the reaction was, 'That's not our show.' Then they saw the last episode of this season, and it was so on the money ... it was like the first two years. And I think the network was very excited about that."
Which seems like a fairly definitive statement. That is, had it been true that Ostroff had even seen the ten-minute Season Four presentation in the first place.

TV Guide's Michael Ausiello spoke to Rob Thomas, who says that the network hasn't even seen the aforementioned presentation.

"I have no earthly idea what Enrico is talking about," Thomas told Ausiello. "The network doesn't see it or hear our pitches for VM College or VM FBI until May 2."

So there you have it. There's still a week or so to go until the CW even hears a Season Four pitch for Veronica Mars from Thomas and Co.

While the fate of the series is still very much in the air, I think that the network would be foolish not to order another season of Veronica Mars, especially given that I don't particularly think they've knocked it out of the park with any of their drama pilots this season. (I can only really see one, Gossip Girl, from The O.C.'s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, hitting the right note at the net.)

Will we get to see more of our favorite intrepid sleuth (either in college or in the FBI) next season? Something tells me this is going to be a decision that comes down to the wire, with the network only making an announcement at the upfronts on May 17th.

In the meantime, Veronica Mars returns from its way-too-long hiatus next week with a brand new episode ("Un-American Graffiti"), in which a Middle Eastern restaurateur hires Veronica to discover who has been vandalizing his restaurant, while Papa Keith, now acting sheriff, begins a program in which his deputies conduct ID checks in all of Neptune's bars.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: NCIS (CBS); Dateline (NBC); Gilmore Girls (CW); George Lopez/George Lopez (ABC); American Idol (FOX)

9 pm: The Unit (CBS); Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC); Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search of the Next Doll (CW); Dancing with the Stars (ABC); House (FOX)

10 pm: Cold Case (CBS); Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC); Boston Legal (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

8 pm: American Idol.

The six remaining contestants (ha, no Sanjaya!) perform songs about compassion and hope, kicking off a multi-night charity event overseen by Comic Relief/Red Nose Day's Richard Curtis.

8 pm: Gilmore Girls.

I've given up on this once-great drama, but for the few of you out there still watching (there's potentially 13 more lousy episodes next season!), here's what's going on. On tonight's episode ("It's Just Like Riding a Bike"), Lorelai and Luke are uncomfortable together (yawn), while Paris breaks up with Doyle after getting accepted to law and medical schools.


Anonymous said…
I'm getting so tired of the back and forth on whether VM will come back or not. I wish the CW would come to their senses and realize that VM does have a sizable viewership out there who will be pissed if the show doesn't come back. I know I would be as it's the only thing left on the network that I even watch. I guess they're too busy courting 12 year old girls to even care about the viewers they've screwed over.
The CineManiac said…
I too am ready for the announcement from the CW on this issue, although if it's bad news I'd rather live in denial for as long as I can.
Also, when's the CW gonna let us know about Supernatural?
Anonymous said…
I think there may be an announcement after the presentation next week if the presentation makes a really strong case for next season. If it remains on the bubble then it will likely wait for up-fronts.

With the trend to longer blocks of new episodes and few if any repeats the CW would be smart to commit to at least 13 episodes now even if they held them back to fill in schedule holes.
Anonymous said…
It's all too much! I just want to know VM's fate. Even if it's bad news. The suspense is killing me!

And speaking of needless waiting, I'm so glad that Veronica is back from it's way too long hiatus to finish out the season. Let's just hope that it's not the final season...
Anonymous said…
Damn, I got so excited when I read the part where Enrico C said the CW rejected the FBI thing. Then I kept reading. Gah, I wish they'd decide something already!

All this waiting!!!
Anonymous said…
OK PEOPLE , listen up...the whole veronica mars season is to've got to put out a fourth season and a fith and so on shouldn't even think about not putting one can't just leave it there like what happenes to papa keith..does he get charged... what about logan, veronica, pizz, and mac...COME ON PEOPLE
DesaraeV said…
Why do all the good ones have to come to an end? I loved both Veronica
Mars and Cupid (both CW shows). I love the idea of watching her grow up
then head off to the FBI. I love relating to her. Found this on Netflix
and have been addicted ever since. They should have Hulu, NBC, or ABC
pick this up and finish it. Or even Marvel or DC. Someone should just
pay for it and finish filming it. The crime noir feminine lead here
rocks. I can't wait until Netflix and Hulu (ie the fans) are the ones
who get to choose what airs and what gets cut. That's how Chuck got
saved, the fans (and Facebook/Twitter). Regardless I just love this show and would love to see where it could or will go if they ever pick it back up. Bravo to the cast and writers.

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