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The CW is less than a year old, but theres already talk that a couple of CW seriesVeronica Mars and One Tree Hillmight come back set a couple of years in the future if theyre renewed.
As soon as Veronica aced her first criminology term paper early this season (OK, so it was after being accused of plagiarism and clearing her name), Professor Landry encouraged her to apply for an FBI summer internship. (By the end of that story arc, Veronica had proved Landrys assistant framed him for killing Dean Cyrus ODell, thereby solidifying her status as the No. 1 criminology student.) Mentions of the FBI have been sprinkled throughout the season, and in the May 2 episode, Veronica told a group of school kids shed like to work for the FBI.
No wonder a popular Veronica Mars rumor says if the show returns, it might revolve around her new career with the FBI.
While I like the idea of Veronica working for the feds, that concept feels more like a spin-off than Veronica Mars. The novelty of the teen-age detective would be gone. Undoubtedly, our Veronica would be the smartest recruit at Quantico, but how would Papa Marssuch a key part of who Veronica is and how she sees the worldfit in with her new life? What about her friends?
(Poor Weevil has already been relegated to little more than an occasional plot device this season: Veronica needs access to the deans office, Weevil has the keys; Weevil discovers a key piece of evidence for Veronicas latest case while doing campus maintenance.)
If the show gets a fourth season, Im sure creator Rob Thomas will do right by our heroine, whether he lets her continue matriculating at Hearst College or decides to fast-forward to Special Agent Veronica Mars.
As the One Tree Hill kids graduate high school this spring, that shows creator, Mark Schwahn, hopes they can return five years older if they get a fifth season. When I spoke to him recently, he was excited at the prospects: Its sort of like writing a pilot with characters you already know and love. Youd know the characters and be familiar with them, whatever journey theyre on. Theyd still be younga couple may still be in college. Well be able to flashback to what happened to them along the way. What were those signature moments, and how have their lives been framed by those moments?
Schwahn said jumping forward in time is more compelling to him as a storyteller than watching the whole cast of characters go to college. Hopefully, the powers that be and my friends at the network and the studio wont be scared by it! he said.
Schwahn wont have to wait much longer. CWs upfront presentation is May 17, then well know if either of these shows is a things of the past, or if theyll come backbe it in the present or future tense.
Veronica Mars airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CW.
One Tree Hill airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CW.
Paula Hendrickson is a regular contributor to Emmy magazine, Rockford Life and Variety, and has been published in numerous national publications, including American Bungalow, SatelliteORBIT and TVGuide. Send in your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
from the May 2-8, 2007, issue