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Originally, according to Creator Rob Thomas, Veronica and Duncan were going to be related. After it got picked up by UPN, a broadcast network, and not by HBO, Showtime, or FX, they decided not to push it into "Twin Peaks (1990) territory".
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On March 13, 2013, cast members Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, and Ryan Hansen, and show-runner Rob Thomas appeared in a video posted to the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter that challenged fans of the television show (which had been cancelled in 2007) to pledge two million dollars to fund (or help fund) a feature film project based on the show. The project broke a Kickstarter record when it made more than one and a third million dollars in about six hours. The entire amount was raised and surpassed in under eleven hours, subsequently Veronica Mars (2014) was released.
Alyson Hannigan and Charisma Carpenter appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). "Buffy" Creator Joss Whedon, a declared fan of this show, also had a cameo in an episode.
Creator Rob Thomas said on the season three DVD extras that Ryan Hansen's character Dick Casablancas was not originally meant to be a series regular. He was first cast for the second episode, as a nameless, rich Neptune resident with one line ("Logan!"). Thomas said that they read many young actors for the line, and when it came down to a choice between Hansen or another actor, they cast Hansen purely because he had "good hair".
The network told Rob Thomas in advance that season three was probably going to be the last of the show, so he could have the opportunity to wrap up the series. Thomas got so angry at them that he wrote the season finale as an anti-finale. In retrospect, he has said he doesn't regret it because they could not have made the movie if the show had had a proper ending.
The sticker of the black circle with the bananas in the middle on Veronica's locker is the album cover of The Dandy Warhols. The album features the theme song "We Used to Be Friends".
UPN, the network that aired this show, was concerned during early episodes that viewers would confuse Teddy Dunn and Jason Dohring, who play Duncan and Logan, respectively. A color code was created where Dunn wore blues, and Dohring wore earth tones (greens, browns, et cetera). The color code was maintained for the duration of the series.
In an attempt to keep the struggling show on the air after its third season, Creator Rob Thomas filmed an extended pitch for the fourth season that advances the show's timeline considerably. Instead of being a college undergraduate, as she was at the end of season three, in the speculative season four, Veronica has graduated from college and the F.B.I. Academy and is starting her first day as an F.B.I. Agent. The pitch contained a whole new cast of heretofore unseen characters, and, except for Veronica herself, none of the characters from the show's previous seasons. The CW failed to pick up this new version of "Veronica Mars", and the show was cancelled.
The character of Meg was created specifically for Alona Tal. She auditioned for Veronica, and was Rob Thomas' second choice for the role. He liked her so much, he made a recurring role for her.
The only two actresses considered for the role of Kendall Casablancas were Heather Graham and Charisma Carpenter. Graham was working on Emily's Reasons Why Not (2006), and Carpenter was a fan of this show. so she ended up being cast in the role.
Concepts included in the original project notes for the show, that were later dropped, include Veronica being thirteen when Lilly was murdered, Keith being fired because of evidence disappearing from the police station, with hints that Don Lamb was behind it, Strom Jenkins, a character who called in the Abel Koontz tip, and Veronica finding that Strom Jenkins, Don Lamb, and Jake Kane were part of a larger conspiracy to cover up Lilly's death.
The only characters that appeared in all of the episodes were Veronica and Keith Mars.
Jason Dohring initially auditioned for the role of Duncan, while Teddy Dunn initially auditioned for the role of Logan.
Amanda Noret (Madison Sinclair) has a real-life cousin named Shelly Pomroy, which is also the name of the character at whose party Veronica is drugged.
On March 29, 2006 a fake press release titled "Veronica Mars Canned" was released informing fans that the show had been cancelled. After a few hours, Creator Rob Thomas informed the fan base that he had been getting calls from the writers asking if they still had jobs, and the show had in fact not been cancelled.
Paul Rudd was originally considered to play Vinnie Van Lowe.
Fans of the show refer to themselves as "Marshmallows".
Entertainment Weekly included Veronica Mars (2004) in its "25 Greatest Cult TV Shows Ever" list at position number thirteen in the September 29, 2009 issue.
The lead character was originally going to be in a novel written by Rob Thomas.
The theme song is "We Used to be Friends" by the The Dandy Warhols.
Sam Huntington (Luke) and Aaron Ashmore (Troy) went on to play "Jimmy Olsen" in different adaptations of the Superman comics. Huntington portrayed Olsen in Superman Returns (2006), and Ashmore played Olsen on Smallville (2001).
Amanda Seyfried initially auditioned for the role of Veronica Mars.
Harry Hamlin (Aaron Echolls) and Lisa Rinna (Lynn Echolls) are a real-life married couple. They have been married since 1997. They have two daughters.
James Jordan played two different characters on this show. In season two, he played Thomas "Lucky" Dohanic, and in season three, he played Tim Foyle.
Francis Capra (Weevil) and Enrico Colantoni (Keith) appeared on Bones (2005), season six, episode nine, "The Doctor in the Photo".
In the original project notes, and the original pilot script for the show, there were some name changes. Lilly's name was Samantha, Lianne Mars' was Rebecca, then Abbie, Wallace's last name was Collier, Logan's last name was Hewitt, and the Kanes' last name was Cain, then Caine.
Leighton Meester portrayed the minor character of Carrie Bishop in season one of this show. She played a main character on Gossip Girl (2007), which featured Kristen Bell as the voice of Gossip Girl.
Many participants on this show went on to help make Party Down (2009): Party Down Creator Rob Thomas was the creator of this show; Party Down creators John Enbom and Dan Etheridge were producers on this show; and Party Down Creator Paul Rudd was a guest star on this show. Party Down regulars Ken Marino and Ryan Hansen were also regulars on this show. Party Down regulars Jane Lynch and Adam Scott were guest stars on this show. Party Down guest stars Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Alona Tal, Ed Begley, Jr., Daran Norris, Ryan Devlin, and Kristen Bell (Veronica) were regulars on this show, and Party Down guest star Joey Lauren Adams was a guest star on this show.
Veronica referred to Carrie Bishop (Leighton Meester) as the "Gossip queen of Neptune High". Meester starred on Gossip Girl (2007).
After the second season, the show was picked up by The CW, because UPN merged with The WB to form The CW.
In the series, Lilly Kane (Amanda Seyfried) was murdered on October third. This date ironically coincides with the now iconic query from Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls (2004) (also co-starring Seyfried) when she doesn't know the date. October third has since become the unofficial holiday "Mean Girls' Day".
Before they were together on this show, Enrico Colantoni and Laura San Giacomo starred on Just Shoot Me! (1997).
Logan drove a yellow Nissan XTerra S for seasons one and two. He drove a black Range Rover for season three.
The car that Veronica drove for seasons one and two is a convertible Chrysler LeBaron. In season three, she drove a silver Saturn VUE.
Jason Dohring and wife, Lauren Kutner, named their daughter Lilly with the same spelling as character Lilly Kane.
This was the lowest rated primetime series to get renewed for a second season. It was also the only new drama to survive UPN's 2004 to 2005 television season.
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In the season two finale, "Not Pictured", the first name called during the graduation ceremony is John Enbom, who was a writer for the show.
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Max Greenfield played Deputy Leo D'Amato. In the law enforcement world, "L.E.O." is an acronym for Law Enforcement Officer.
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The fireplace in Logan's hotel room in seasons two and three is a square with brackets on every corner. Silver Pictures was the producer of this show. This was the shape of the Silver Pictures logo.
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Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat guest starred on season two, episode sixteen, "The Rapes of Graff". They also appeared on Arrested Development (2003).
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The character "Piz", in season three, was named after the director of the pilot episode of this show, Mark Piznarski.
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In an episode, Veronica tells Wallace that she is thinking which Gilmore Girl he is. Teddy Dunn (Duncan Kane) appeared on Gilmore Girls (2000) on season four, episode twenty-one, "Last Week Fights, This Week Tights", and he is not the only one. Max Greenfield (Deputy Leo D'Amato) appeared on the show in season four, episode four, "Chicken or Beef?". Kristen Ritter (Gia Goodman) was a recurring character on season seven of Gilmore Girls (2000), where she played the role of Lucy.
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In the German dubbing, Logan Echolls was voiced by the same voice actor, Gerrit Schmidt-Foß, who is the main German voice for Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Amanda Seyfried (Lilly), Tina Majorino (Mac), and Kyle Gallner (Beaver) had recurring roles on Big Love (2006).
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In the later seasons of the show, Logan's swanky apartment has a large square window in the back, the design on the outer part of the window revealed the Silver Pictures logo. This is a reference to Producer Joel Silver, who produced this show. Ironically, the design is spot on, but the coloring of it is gold, not silver.
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The books on Veronica's office bookcase include sets of "The Encyclopedia of Photography" and "Collier's Encyclopedia".
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

After the end of season two, television critic Alan Sepinwall asked Rob Thomas which elements revealed in the finale were planned ahead, and Thomas replied, "We knew that Beaver was the killer of season two when we introduced him in season one. We knew his motivation, so playing him as the picked-upon, less-manly Casablancas boy was all by design." But Thomas also told Sepinwall that they did not plan for the eventual reveal that Cassidy had raped Veronica, until the writing for season one was all finished.
At the end of season one, episode twenty, "M.A.D.", after Veronica finds out Logan gave Tad G.H.B. the night of Shelly Pomroy's party, Veronica stands Logan up for their boating date. In one of the final frames, the flag of the yacht club can be seen and reads "Albacore Club". This presents a strong connection to the noir film classic Chinatown (1974), starring Jack Nicholson.
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