Kristen Bell, <EM>Veronica Mars</EM> Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars

Question: I don't understand you. First, you reported that Veronica Mars' chance of survival had gone from "so-so" to "pretty good." Now with the news that Rob Thomas has been asked to run a new pilot on CBS, VMs chances have gone back down to "slim." What gives?

Answer: What did I tell you about shooting the messenger? The messenger is just doing his job. The messenger is good. And the messenger has an update: Last night at ABC's upfront bash, a high-level Warner Bros. executive confirmed what I first reported yesterday: It's entirely possible that the CW will delay a decision on Mars' fate until after Thursday's upfront. Contractually, the net has until June 15 to reach a verdict, and the extra time would allow Rob Thomas to produce an actual script for Veronica in the FBI. That's one scenario. The other scenario is that the show is dead. I think we can all agree that Scenario 1 is preferable. One thing is certain: VM will not be on the schedule that Dawn Ostroff presents to advertisers on Thursday morning. The messenger wishes he had better news. [Check out the Ausiello Report for the latest on this developing story.]