Yeah, we were disappointed, too. That plucky little "Fame"-singing Veronica Mars star, Kristen Bell, is so busy headlining one of TV's best shows (or "Best. Show. Ever." as Buffy overlord Joss Whedon recently put it) that Insider had to settle for e-mailing our list of questions to her, then waiting out the weekend — and all day Monday and half of Tuesday, but who's counting? — until her answers hit our in-box. Did Neptune's finest play nice? Or did she treat us like spam? TVGuide.com went all out to make the most of the electronic exchange (which was filtered through Kristen's people, folks, so no harassing me for her e-mail addy).
TVGuide.com: What R U wearing right.... Oops. Sorry, wrong window. Let me start by, um, thanking you for taking the time to do this.Kristen Bell: No problem. I'm
Question: What the hell?! I just read that a major character will be leaving Veronica Mars and some fans will not be happy. Any scoop?
Answer: First I'm hearing of it. When I spoke to Rob Thomas back in June (Ask Ausiello 6/22), he denied rumors that a principal cast member was getting cut. He did, however, acknowledge that "in order to make the budget work, a number of actors on the show lost a few episodes in their contracts." For example, Francis Capra (Weevil) will only appear in 12 episodes this season, down from 16 last year. I suppose one way to accommodate such a shortfall would be to send Weevil on vacation for a few months, but that's pure speculation. I'll let you know if I hear anything else.
Question: I am a devoted fan of your column and love reading Ask Matt Mondays and Fridays. Two of my favorite shows, Lost and Desperate Housewives, are often the highlights of my TV week. However, I have to comment on the thousands of commercial breaks during these two shows. I don't mind commercials at all, at normal intervals. But with these two shows, they seem excessive, even if the breaks are actually shorter. What's that about? I am pretty sure that isn't the case with other ABC shows. Can you shed any light on this?
Answer: Basically, all ABC dramas are now adopting this five-act format, with an additional (if at times shorter) ad break built into the script structure, including one very close to the climax. One of the primary reasons for this is to do away with the act break in between shows, in the hopes that more viewers will stay tuned to what follows. This is also why shows like Housewives, Lost and now Commander in Chief bleed a minute over into the next hour. All ver ...
I was just complaining earlier this week about how boring the whole subplot with Wallace's mom being followed by a mystery man seemed. I can't remember who I was talking to at the time, but I'd really like to take that back now... please? The Neil guy is really Wallace's father? And I'd like to say that Rob Thomas (the VM godfather not the Matchbox 20 guy) is truly an honest man of his word. In his Q&A the other day, he promised that Wallace's little bro would be making a return appearance soon, and lo and behold there he was. Now the question is, is he Wallace's half brother, or is Mr. Chicago cop his papa, too? Oh, and Wallace's new gal pal: I've got a feeling that the self-centered New Yorker is gonna stomp all over his little heart. And he even tried to turn down the persistent Ms. Mars to swap spit with the hottie, but honey, in Wallace's world, money talks. I really kinda felt bad for the guy Veronic
Whatcha thinking 'bout, Wallace?
As the mysteries deepen on UPN's Veronica Mars (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET) this season, fans want to know: Will Veronica hook up with Weevil? What happened to her dog? And where did Wallace's bro go? TVGuide.com readers sent in their burning questions for the show's producers and Mars creator Rob Thomas once again answered them in this exclusive Q&A.
Question: I don't have a question. I just wanted to say thank-you for creating such an awesome show. I'm a 38-year-old high school teacher and I'm doing my best to get my students to watch it. Keep up the good work! — JayneRob Thomas: Thanks so much.
Question: Is there some significance to the necklace that Logan wears? He never seems to take it off. — Wally WrightThomas: Only that he really likes it.
Question: I love Veronica Mars and it's all your fault. I never thought I'd enjoy a show about a young blonde chippy in high school solving mysteries, but you were right — it's fabulous! That said, give up the scoop, er, poop!
Answer: How 'bout some visual Mars poop: Click here for a first look at Joss Whedon playing that testy rental-car manager in the Nov. 9 episode. And to see him in action with Kristen Bell, pick up the new issue of TV Guide magazine and turn to the Ausiello Report on page 10! Also, make sure to read Rob Thomas' latest Q&A with fans in today's Insider. There are a couple of good poop droppings in there.
Question: I'm a little confused and mad about some of the reactions I read from fans regarding the new season of Veronica Mars. I've read stuff like, "If Logan and Veronica don't get together now, I'll stop watching the show." And I really don't understand these thoughts. I watched Season 1 in about three days and rewatched it a lot after that. I think this show is amazing, especially in the way it does not revolve all around the teen soap opera, does-he-love-me? drama. So I don't get why real fans would say this. That's not what this show is about. I loved the season premiere; I was hopping all around my room after watching it. Amazing! And now I'm wondering what your thoughts are on Season 2 (so far), because some of these forum posters are freaking me out and I want to know what the pros think about it.
Answer: The pros think you shouldn't let other fans get in the way of your enjoyment of what has so far been a jaw-droppingly amazing season. (See my Dispatch from last week for more
Question: Is it just me, or is Grey's Anatomy the third-best show on TV right now (behind Lost and Veronica Mars, of course)? This last episode, "Make Me Lose Control," was amazing, and Ellen Pompeo gave a terrific performance. I love how there are compelling stories for both the main characters and the patients in the episode, unlike the past-its-prime ER. What you think of the second season? To me it is way better than its lead-in, Desperate Housewives, or another one of my faves, Gilmore Girls (which has been under par this season). Why don't you mention it in your column more? It is a perennial Top 10 show. Oh, love the column, by the way.
Answer: Well, thanks. I'm also a bit surprised I don't get more questions/comments on Grey's Anatomy, because it's really hitting its stride these days. I was lukewarm on the show when it premiered late last season — the pilot episode overused the voice-over narration, which only exacerbated the "It's hard work being a doctor-in-training" clichés.
Since Angel is off atoning for god knows what (the woman is a saint!), this former altar boy of the year — 1983 — gets to indulge in his newest vice. That's right. Thanks to the new Season 1 DVD set, I am all about the Neptune. And superthankful to the writers for the Duncan-Logan brawl. Not that violence is good, kids. It's just that I was wondering when the ex-BFFs would finally deal with the whole "Your dad killed my sister" sitch. Of course we figured Logan would be over his childhood homie stealing Veronica back, since he's knocking boots with Cassidy and Beaver's stepmom, but who knew Kendall's li'l fling would lead to blondie exposing Big Dick's real-estate scam, huh? I guess we won't be seeing Big Dick for a while, now that he's fled town in a haze of SEC suspicion. Which is fine, since I'm pretty sure we're going to have our hands full with whatever Coco from Fame is hiding from Keith about the cop trailing her, Wallace's awful new gal pal and the increasi
Question: Is it wrong that with all the mysteries on Veronica Mars (Felix's murder, the bus, Steve Guttenberg and his weird daughter), I'm more concerned with what that damn fortune cookie said? Will we ever find out?
Answer: Yes, but don't hold your breath. A reliable source (read: Rob Thomas) tells me it will be some time before we see what was on that slip of paper.