Unfortunately, despite the apparent deadline of June 15th, Veronica Mars has been officially killed, permanently. TVguide’s Michael Ausiello is reporting that the show never really even had a second chance, as was implied, and that the final word on Veronica Mars‘s irrevocable termination has come through as of today. All the of the candy bars and marshmallows in the world cannot save Veronica Mars now.
Emboldened by the success of Jericho fans, Veronica Mars fans organized in the eleventh hour and gained some impressive support from the online community. At last tally, the effort had accumulated around 5,000 candy bars (Mars brand, of course) that would be sent to TheCW’s office attention of Dawn Ostroff.
Part of what motivated fans to continue with their efforts were statements to the effect that Veronica Mars had until June 15th to be officially canceled. According to Rob Thomas’s comments to Ausiello that was never the case and he credits The CW with misleading hopeful fans.
“I’m not sure the CW should’ve given the glimmer of hope. I think Dawn Ostroff genuinely would have liked to have continued on with a version of the show, but there was too much resistance around her. At the end of the day, it would’ve been kinder had the band aid simply been ripped off rather peeled away in than this agonizingly slow manner.” Thomas told Ausiello via an email published at Tvguide.com.
Veronica Mars struggled from the beginning despite a loyal fan base and endless critical praise. It is difficult to say what exactly led to the decline in Mars’s ratings, but many fans point the finger at the two back to back formula changes that the series was forced to endure under the reign of The CW. Regardless of the reasoning, the timing of the official announcement could be considered crass in some circles. It might have been better to allow the end to come after the hardened core of fans crusading for the shows revival at least got a chance to fire their best shot. Instead, one might say the carpet was pulled out from under them.
– Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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