Veronica Mars

2004, TV Show


The Golden Globes are my ...

Question: The Golden Globes are my favorite awards show, mainly because they put TV and movie stars all together under one roof — and give them lots of booze. They can always be counted upon for great moments! But if one thing always irks me, it's the supporting actor TV category, which doesn't differentiate between drama, comedy or miniseries. And we end up with a field like this for Best Supporting Actor: Naveen Andrews, Lost; Paul Newman, Empire Falls; Jeremy Piven, Entourage; Randy Quaid, Elvis; Donald Sutherland, Commander in Chief. Seriously? We're putting Jeremy Piven's delightfully shallow superagent up against Andrews' painstaking dramatic portrayal of a tortured (no pun intended) former Iraqi soldier? In the same category? I am sure they must do this to get the time down on the program, but if they must lump TV-movies and miniseries together, can't they at least separate between comedy and drama (two drastically different media)? That would only add two awards to the program, ... read more

Will Mars' Aaron Echolls Go Free?

Harry Hamlin

The trial of Logan's father for the murder of Lilly Kane on UPN's Veronica Mars (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET) sure seems open-and-shut. So why can't we seem to shake what Daddy Far-From-Dearest said to his son during their Nov. 9 jailhouse heart-to-heart? Is there more to the show's original mystery than meets the eye? Aaron's portrayer, L.A. Law alum Harry Hamlin, talked to about that, his Dancing wife and showing the funny to Adam Sandler. Has the whole Veronica Mars gig turned out to be as fun as you hoped it would?
Harry Hamlin:
I actually had no hopes going into it, but it turned out to be really great. I'm not doing that much right now but am read more

I was watching last week's ...

Question: I was watching last week's Veronica Mars when they showed Logan's e-mail address — — on screen, and I decided to send off a message. Would you believe he wrote me back in character? Was this a staff member?

Answer: After receiving your tip, I did what any self-respecting TV sleuth would do: I sent "Logan" an e-mail myself to see if you were telling me the truth or just spewing tall tales between bong hits. Lo and behold, within seconds I received a response from Logan that went like this:

I already have the tapes and destroyed them. If you want to hound someone, why don't you hound Veronica Mars. She can be reached at:


Cool, eh? Well, the plot thickens. Moments letter, another e-mail ca read more

I'm sooo angry right now. ...

Question: I'm sooo angry right now. Mariska Hargitay wasn't nominated for a Golden Globe. What gives?

Answer: Now, you know I love my Marish, but she won last year. The Golden Globes have always been about the next big thing, hence the first-time nods for such AA faves as Grey's Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Matthew Fox, Prison Break, Wentworth Miller, Everybody Hates Chris, My Name Is Earl and Steve Carell. It almost makes up for the absence of Veronica Mars, Lauren Graham, Kelly Bishop, Kristen Bell, Ellen Pompeo, Katherine Heigl, Battlestar Galactica and Mary McDonnell. (I said "almost.") read more

I just wanted to write you a ...

Question: I just wanted to write you a brief thank-you note. I've come to respect your opinions about television during the last few years, and I've seen you rave about the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series, as well as Veronica Mars. So within the last two months, I picked up the DVD sets containing the first seasons of each show, completely blind, and solely based on the positive buzz both these shows have attracted. I was blown away by how amazing these shows are. It really takes the sting out of losing Alias in the spring. It just goes to prove that when one door closes, another one opens. Incidentally, that might be something helpful to pass along to your readers: Don't be afraid to try new television shows. Always strive to sample what might interest you. If you'd told me a year ago that I'd be watching and loving Veronica Mars and the new Battlestar Galactica this Christmas, I'd have scoffed. Don't you agree that it pays off to constantly try to sample new shows? Answer: I'd ... read more

Veronica Mars I was less shocked...

Veronica MarsI was less shocked by Meg's untimely death than by Wallace's random appearance on Veronica's doorstep on New Year's Eve. Meg's death has some more interesting implications in that her baby girl survived, she hinted that she wanted Veronica to make sure her baby didn't end up with religious zealots, and after watching last week's alternate ending, we should perhaps be suspicious that foul play is involved. Actually, the biggest surprise of the night was that dreamy Deputy Leo turned out to be the one who stole the Aaron-Lilly tapes to auction them off. Yes, I know he had a good reason, and it was even sweet that he wanted so badly to help his sister with her Down syndrome, but he really did a bang-up job in helping out the defense lawyers in the Aaron Echolls read more

I should let you know that ...

Question: I should let you know that Ain't It Cool News posted the answers to your Veronica Mars "contest" last week. So, if anyone writes in with all of the correct answers, they probably did a cut-and-paste from there.

Answer: That would be cheating, and AA readers are, um...  totally the cheating type. Sigh… Well, I still have to award the grand prize to Jen, since A) I have no way of knowing how she obtained her information; B) The "contest" rules did not specifically forbid… OK, there were no "contest" rules, hence the quotes around the word "contest"; and C) I would have done the same thing had I been in her shoes. That said, my apologies to all those who played the game honestly. In the future, I'll do my best to ensure that AA "contests" are scam-proof. In the meantime, take comfort in knowing that your Veronica Mars CD read more

The Secret of Eye's Success Just how is CBS breaking ratings records this season?

Pauley Perrette and Michael Bellisario, NCIS

For the second year in a row, ABC has the most talked-about shows: Desperate Housewives, Lost and Grey's Anatomy. But guess what? CBS has been No. 1 in viewers every week. It's the first time since 1988 that a network has opened with 11 consecutive weekly ratings wins. CBS has been on ABC's tail in the race for advertiser-coveted viewers in the 18-to-49 age group, too. (They were tied for first place during November sweeps). One CBS show after another has been scoring all-time highs this season. The Biz talked with Kelly Kahl, senior executive vice president of programming operations for CBS, to get some insight on why the Eye has it this year. You have two shows that are in their third season and scoring their best ratings ever. How do you explain that?Kelly Kahl: [Yes,] Cold Case and NCIS. I think some shows benefit from simply being on. It's a highly fragmented TV audience, and it takes time, read more

Think of all the gasp! ...

Question: Think of all the gasp! moments there have been these past couple of weeks: Luke has a daughter on Gilmore Girls; Meg is pregnant on Veronica Mars; Shannon dies on Lost; Lara Flynn Boyle flies away on Las Vegas; and the boys don't get out on Prison Break! Should we expect any more excitement before Christmas from any of our fave shows?

Answer: Bright and Hannah are going to get naked together on Everwood tomorrow night; that's pretty major. And as if you needed another reminder, the Carver will be unmasked during the final moments of Nip/Tuck's third season finale on Dec. 20, which will be composed of two back-to-back episodes from 10 pm to midnight. And don't bother trying to guess who the Masked One is.'s Angel Cohn spoke to Bruno Campos on Monday and he flat-out said the Carver's identity is "not guessabl read more

Your Veronica Mars Questions Answered!

Kristen Bell is Veronica Mars

As UPN's Veronica Mars continues to heat up (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET), fans want to know: Did Logan beat Lilly? Is Lynn Echolls really dead? Where is Veronica going to college? readers sent in their burning questions for the show's producers, and Mars creator Rob Thomas once again provided the answers in an exclusive Q&A. Question: I just want to tell you that I am 43 years old and totally addicted to your show. I am even going through the hassle of becoming a Nielsen family just so that I can make sure your show gets its ratings. Keep up the awesome work! — KimRob Thomas: Awesome. We love every viewer, but we hold a special place in our hearts for Nielsen viewers. read more

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Premiered: September 22, 2004, on UPN
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Mars is a feisty and fearless teen sleuth (with a PI father) who juggles an array of cases in the California seaside community of Neptune. The series is a kind of modern-day variation on Nancy Drew, but with considerable more attitude, style, mood and sophistication. First-year ratings were disappointing, but `Mars' has its loyal following among critics and viewers.



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