The cult favorite will return next year with all-new episodes.
September 20, 2018
It's official: Veronica Mars is returning to television. Hulu has ordered eight new episodes of the detective series with star Kristen Bell on-board to reprise her role as the titular character. A premiere is expected sometime in 2019.
The noir mystery drama first premiered 14 years ago, airing three seasons on UPN and The CW before being cancelled in 2007. While never a ratings standout, the series did amass a loyal fan base who, in 2013, helped fund a feature film via a Kickstarter campaign that accumulated over $5 million.
Created by Rob Thomas, Veronica Mars follows a young private investigator in the seaside town of Neptune, California. In the revival, Veronica is hired to investigate the recent murders of spring breakers in the community. The case will play out over the course of the season, with Neptune's wealthy elite butting heads with the working class folk, who feel the financial impact the murders are having on tourism.
BREAKING NEWS out of Mars Investigations! :) A new #VeronicaMars series is comin atcha via @hulu. Thank you to all the marshmallows for staying excited and to @Hulu for giving Veronica a chance to wear her big girl pants. I hope we’re still friends after I taser you. pic.twitter.com/z2EufrjMpX— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) September 20, 2018
I like Bell in pretty much everything she does - okay "the Boss" was horrific due to McCarthy mostly. I somewhat liked the original series and the movie a few years ago.. but this.. well.. this I'm not planning on tuning in for, especially on Hulu. The ONLY way they could gain interest here is if they moved to more adult-themed mysteries rather than the high-school, Nancy Drew-type, stuff.
But I fear this is a mistake. It's going to be hard to recapture the original magic, which relied heavily on the teenage Veronica going through major trauma and dealing with the adult world with a wisdom far beyond her years. She's an adult now and that formula won't cut it.
The other thing was the amazing talent on the original show. Many of the guest stars went on to become major well-known actors. The only other comparisons were "Freaks and Geeks" and perhaps "My So-Called Life". It's rare that happens once, getting it to happen again is unlikely.
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