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6 items from 2007

Cupid: ABC Gives Second Chance to Jeremy Piven Series

3 October 2007 10:17 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It's not often that a series gets a second chance but that's just what's happening with the cult favorite show Cupid.

Cupid debuted on September 26, 1998 on ABC. The series starred Jeremy Piven as Trevor Hale, a man who believes that he is the mythological Cupid. As punishment for his arrogance, he's been sent to Earth by Zeus to connect 100 couples without using his powers. Not surprisingly, he finds himself in an institution and is put under the care of Chicago psychologist Dr. Claire Allen (Paula Marshall). The state mental health board agrees to Trevor's release providing that Claire continue to monitor his progress, a professional situation made all the more difficult when the two begin to fall for one another.

Cupid was one of the early projects by writer Rob Thomas who went on to create the very popular (yet ratings-challenged) Veronica Mars. Though Cupid was cancelled after only 15 episodes »


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Hit and 'Miss' as Hudis in, Thomas out

26 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rob Thomas has stepped down as executive producer/showrunner on ABC's single-camera midseason comedy Miss/Guided over creative differences.

20th Century Fox TV-based writer-producer Mark Hudis has been tapped to run the show, which 20th TV is producing with ABC Studios.

"Miss/Guided," which hails from Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Prods., stars Judy Greer as an ugly duckling who returns to her alma mater as a guidance counselor.

Thomas came aboard the project following the cancellation of his critically acclaimed CW drama Veronica Mars in May.

"Miss/Guided" has since changed direction, going for a stronger comedic quotient, which led to Thomas' decision to leave, sources said.

Thomas is known for his work in the one-hour format, while Hudis has a strong sitcom background. Hudis worked on Fox's hit comedy That '70s Show for its eight-year run, rising through the ranks to executive producer.

"Miss/Guided" reunites him with " '70s" co-star Kutcher. Hudis and Kutcher are executive producing the new ABC comedy with director Todd Holland, Jason Goldberg and Karey Burke. »

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Veronica Mars: The Show's Over But Veronica May Live On

13 June 2007 12:29 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

At the May network upfronts, CW head Dawn Ostroff suggested that there was a bit of hope that Veronica Mars could return in some form. That possibility now seems to be dead. Series creator Rob Thomas told TV Guide's Michael Ausiello "I'm afraid I have to report that Veronica Mars is officially dead. There's really no way that it can happen now. I'm not sure the CW should've given the glimmer of hope."

Ostroff still likes the low-rated series and in fact renewed it twice when she headed the old Upn network. Unfortunately, this time, her hands are tied. As Thomas says, "At the end of the day Dawn Ostroff doesn't get to make the final call. Hers is an important voice in the room. But they're the little sister company of CBS. There was a pretty strong feeling that [CBS chief] Les Moonves didn't want to do the show"[any longer].

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Veronica Mars: Was that Really the Series Finale?

23 May 2007 12:44 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Satisfied by last night's series finale of Veronica Mars? Few were. Heck, even though CW officially cancelled the series last week, even they couldn't bring themselves to call it anything more than a season finale.

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas took a gamble when he was scripting the season-ender months ago. He knew there was a chance that the show wouldn't be renewed but reportedly didn't want to make it easy for the network to pull the plug at the last minute. They did anyway.

Though CW head Dawn Ostroff said last week that Thomas and Veronica herself, Kristen Bell, might do a new series for the network, that seems like a slim chance at best. Prior to Ostroff's comment, Thomas didn't know anything about it and later said, "I assume that anything Dawn would be talking about in the realm of a Rob-Kristen project would involve a new from-scratch »


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Veronica Mars: Fans Take to the Streets

1 May 2007 10:51 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It's been reported that Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas is scheduled to meet with CW head Dawn Ostroff tomorrow. He'll show Ostroff the 10-minute FBI-scenario demo and try to peak her interest with creative season four scenarios and other reasons to renew his series. The ever supportive fans would like to give him some extra ammunition.

Love or hate Veronica Mars, you have to admit that the series has some of the most devoted fans ever. Rather than simply using petitions and letter-writing campaigns to convince the network to renew their show, they've gotten truly creative and, more importantly, work to give the network what it wants -- viewers.

Last year, Mars fans (called Cloud Watchers) collected $5,000 in donations to help save their show via a "Look to the Skys" campaign. On May 8, 2006, network execs received packages with binoculars and flightplan information. The next day, on the date of the season two finale, »


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Veronica Mars: Update on the FBI Scenario

21 April 2007 11:53 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Despite some strong rumors to the contrary from USA Today, the CW's Veronica Mars has not been cancelled... at least not yet. At last word, Mars creator/producer Rob Thomas was preparing a ten minute re-imagined "pilot." This would show network executives what the series could look like with the show's storyline fast-forwarded four years into the future with Veronica as an FBI agent.

In a recent interview with the Toronto Star's Rob Salem, Enrico Colantoni (Veronica's detective dad Keith Mars) confirmed that the three year old series is still alive and insisted "No one knows anything, but I love how people think they know."

Though the series has had a very ratings rocky history, network head Dawn Ostroff has long been a show supporter. It seemed initially that the migration from Upn to the new CW network and the show's pairing with Gilmore Girls would be a good idea. »


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