PaleyFest. For television fans, it’s one of the best times of the year. It is two weeks of television critics and fans gathering for panels about a handful of past and current shows. This spring’s PaleyFest wrapped Friday, but we’re still trying to digest all the great scoops that came from this year’s panels. Read on to find out everything we learned about some of our favorite shows.
This year’s festival kicked off with a Veronica Mars reunion to coincide with the film’s release. The panel reunited original cast members Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Ryan Hansen, Chris Lowell, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, and creator Rob Thomas to reflect on their favorite memories and how the movie came to be. Until Thomas decided to go the Kickstarter route, the film’s premise almost focused on Veronica as an FBI agent. Fans will remember that Thomas proposed a similar story for a possible fourth season. However, when they decided to focus on a fan-funded film, the FBI premise was scrapped so that more characters would be able to return. The cast revealed that when it came to the great reveal of Lilly’s murderer back in season one, no one in the cast knew who it would be. Capra said he kept waiting for Thomas to come to his trailer and break the news that Weevil was the murderer. They almost had to change the murderer at the last minute when Harry Hamlin was offered a film role in Australia. However, Hamlin decided to turn down the role and stick around through the end of the season. Thomas also talked about how Logan and Dick took on different roles as the series progressed. When the series began, there was never a plan for Logan and Veronica to end up as a couple. However, when the writers saw the amazing chemistry that Bell and Dohring had together, they decided to pursue the couple. As for Dick, well, the only reason he’s still around is because Hansen is just so darn lovable. Thomas admits that Dick is kind of a horrible person, but he’s developed a bit of a blind spot because he likes working with Hansen so much.
As for the future of Veronica Mars, anything is possible except for another Kickstarter. If there is a sequel, it will not be fan-funded, if for no other reason than they really don’t want to have to sign another 5,000 movie posters. For now, the first Veronica Mars novel has been released, and stay tuned for the Dick-centric web series to premiere on The CW Seed.