With reporting by Sadie Gennis.
Here's a mystery worth solving, marshmallows: will creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell ever continue the crime-solving adventures of Veronica Mars? The short-lived CW series about the sarcastic, quippy titular detective (played by Bell), and her cohorts already had a surprising second life when a crowdfunding effort to get a movie version made broke all sorts of records on Kickstarter.
But even before the movie was finished filming, fans of the show were already asking... What's next? And in fact, there were several nexts, including two novels and a spin-off web series titled Play It Again, Dick, which self-referentially followed co-star Ryan Hansen while he tried to make a spin-off about his character from Veronica Mars.
It's been over a year and a half since the last Mars companion novel was released, though (on January 20, 2015), so when TVGuide.com sat down with Bell and her The Good Place co-star Ted Danson to discuss their upcoming NBC comedy, we had to ask about the possibility of more Mars.
"Our primary concern is, is there still an audience," Bell said on a possible re-revival of the show, "Which we feel like there is. And if people want it, we will still try to make it."
So that's pretty good news for fans of Neptune, California, the little seaside town that has a surprisingly large amount of crime, murder and corruption. Before you start registering for Kickstarter rewards, though, you might want to put your PayPal back in your wallet.
"We would like to do a more typical route," Bell added. "We don't want to crowdfund... Our crowds don't deserve that anymore, they stepped up to the plate, it was amazing, but we feel like a network or a studio should pay for it this time around."
Bell also noted that we shouldn't be rushing to movie theaters, either. "We would hope in the future to do some sort of mini-series, or some sort of truncated series where it wasn't 22 episodes..."
"Because you're busy right now!" quipped Danson, interrupting Bell.
"Yeah, yeah," Bell joked right back, before adding, "But that is a priority."
So there you go. Lilly Kane (Amanda Seyfried) might be 100% dead and gone, but Veronica Mars just keeps coming back, time and again.
The Good Place premieres on NBC Monday, September 19 at 10/9c.