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On March 13, 2013, cast members Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, and Ryan Hansen, and show-runner Rob Thomas all appeared in a video posted to the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter that challenged fans of the TV show (which had been canceled in 2007) to pledge $2 Million to fund (or help fund) a feature film project based on the show. The project broke a Kickstarter record when it made more than $1.3 million in about six hours; the entire amount was raised and surpassed in under eleven hours. In 2014 the movie Veronica Mars (2014) was released.
Both actresses Alyson Hannigan and Charisma Carpenter were stars on the also iconic TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon, a declared fan of "Veronica Mars," also had a cameo in an episode.
Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars (2004), says on the season 3 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 3 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 airs Veronica Mars (2004), were 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, etc). 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 spec season four, Veronica has graduated from college and the FBI Academy and is starting her first day as a FBI 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 canceled.
The character of Meg was created specifically for Alona Tal. She auditioned for Veronica, and was Rob Thomas's 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 an actual fan of Veronica Mars (2004), 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 13 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 appear in all of the episodes of Veronica Mars (2004) are 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, the actress who plays 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 entitled "Veronica Mars Canned" was released informing fans that the show had been canceled. 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 canceled.
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 #13 in the September 29, 2009.
The lead character was originally going to be in a novel written by show creator, Rob Thomas.
The theme song is "We Used to be Friends" by the The Dandy Warhols.
Both Sam Huntington (Luke) and Aaron Ashmore (Troy) went on to play the character "Jimmy Olsen" in different adaptations of the Superman comics. Huntington portrayed Olsen in the feature film Superman Returns (2006) while Ashmore took over the role of Olsen on the small screen in 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 2 daughters.
Actor James Jordan, plays two different characters in Veronica Mars (2004). In season 2, he plays Thomas "Lucky" Dohanic and in Season 3 he plays Tim Foyle.
Both Francis Capra (Weevil) and Enrico Colantoni (Keith) appear on the same episode of Bones (2005), "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's 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 Carrie Bishop in season 1 of Veronica Mars (2004). She plays a main character in the CW show Gossip Girl (2007) which features Kristen Bell as the voice of gossip girl.
Many participants in Veronica Mars (2004) went on to help make Party Down (2009): Party Down creator Rob Thomas was the creator of Veronica Mars; Party Down creators John Enbom and Dan Etheridge were producers on Veronica Mars; and Party Down creator Paul Rudd was a Veronica Mars guest star. Party Down regulars Ken Marino and Ryan Hansen were also Veronica Mars regulars. Party Down regulars Jane Lynch and Adam Scott were Veronica Mars guest stars. Party Down guest stars Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Alona Tal, Ed Begley Jr., Daran Norris, Ryan Devlin, and (Veronica herself) Kristen Bell were all Veronica Mars regulars. And Party Down guest star Joey Lauren Adams was a Veronica Mars guest star.
Veronica refers to Leighton Meester's character, Carrie Bishop , as the "Gossip queen of Neptune High." Meester would ironically go on to star in the CW's 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, Amanda Seyfried's character Lilly Kane is murdered on October 3rd. 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 3rd has since become the unofficial holiday "Mean Girls Day".
Jason Dohring and wife, Lauren Kutner, named their daughter Lilly with the same spelling as character Lilly Kane.
Before they were together on "Veronica Mars," Enrico Colantoni and Laura San Giacomo starred together in "Just Shoot Me! (1997)"
Logan drives a yellow Nissan XTerra S for seasons one and two. He drives a black Range Rover for season three.
The car that Veronica drives for seasons one and two is a convertible Chrysler LeBaron. In season three, she drives a silver Saturn VUE.
This was the lowest rated prime-time series to ever get renewed for a second season. It was also the only new drama to survive UPN's 2004-2005 TV season.
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In the season 2 finale "Not Pictured" the first name called during the graduation ceremony is John Enbom is a writer for the show.
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Max Greenfield plays Deputy Leo D'Amato. In the law enforcement world, LEO is an acronym for Law Enforcement Officer.
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The fireplace in Logan's hotel room in seasons 2 & 3 is a square with brackets on every corner. Silver pictures was the producer of Veronica Mars (2004). This was the shape of the silver pictures logo.
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Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat guest starred in season 2 episode 16 "The Rapes of Graff." They also starred together on the critically acclaimed series Arrested Development (2003).
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The character Piz in season three is named after the director of the pilot episode of Veronica Mars (2004), Mark Piznarski.
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In the German dubbing Logan Echolls is 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" all have recurring roles on Big Love.
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In an episode, Veronica tells Wallace that she is thinking which Gilmore Girl he is. Teddy Dunn, who plays Duncan Kane, has appeared on the show Gilmore Girls in an episode, titled 'Last Week Fights, This Week Tights'. And he is not the only one. Max Greenfield, who plays Leo D'Amato, appeared on the show in an episode, titled 'Chicken or Beef?'. Kristen Ritter, who plays Gia Goodman, is a recurring character on season 7 of Gilmore Girls, where she plays the role of Lucy
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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 reveals the silver pictures logo. This is a reference to famed Hollywood producer Joel Silver who produced the 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.

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".
After the end of Season 2, TV critic Alan Sepinwall asked show creator Rob Thomas which elements revealed in the finale were planned ahead, and Thomas replied, "We knew that Beaver was the killer of Season 2 when we introduced him in Season 1. 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 1 was all finished.
At the end of Season 1 Episode 20, 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 Neo-noir film classic Chinatown (1974), starring Jack Nicholson.
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