A Veronica Mars TV show revival is in the works at streaming service Hulu, with original creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell on board to return. The cult favorite television series premiered on UPN in 2004, transferring over to The CW for its third and final season. Inspired by noir mysteries, Veronica Mars followed the titular teenage detective, played by Bell, who in the first season investigates the murder of her best friend Lilly Kane (Amanda Seyfried). The second season saw Veronica look into a deadly bus crash while the third season followed Veronica to college where she searched for a serial rapist and later looked into the death of the dean.
The show was cancelled by The CW in 2006, with the season 3 finale serving as the series' ending - and fans were left hanging about a number of storylines. However, Veronica Mars continued to build its following and the creatives involved launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 that was funded and eventually lead to the release of a Veronica Mars movie in 2014. Now, though, it seems fans haven't seen the last of Veronica Mars just yet as a revival is in development.
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EW reports that Veronica Mars studio Warner Bros. is nearing a deal with Hulu for a revival season of the cult favorite show, with creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell set to return. Little else is known about the revival, like whether any other original stars will return, but Bell will be back despite her commitment to the NBC sitcom The Good Place. Reportedly, discussions of the revival have been ongoing for months. TVLine reports the Veronica Mars revival season will be eight episodes.
In addition to Bell, Veronica Mars starred Enrico Colantoni as her father Keith Mars, Jason Dohring as her on-again/off-again boyfriend Logan Echolls, Percy Daggs III as her best friend Wallace Fennel, Tina Majorino as her friend Mac Mackenzie, Chris Lowell as her college love interest/friend Stosh "Piz" Piznarski, Francis Capra as Eli "Weevil" Navarro, and Ryan Hansen as Logan's friend Dick Casablancas. Throughout its three seasons, Veronica Mars also featured a number of actors who went on to become stars in their own right like Adam Scott, Tessa Thompson, Krysten Ritter and Max Greenfield. A number of the stars and supporting cast members returned for the Veronica Mars movie, but it's unclear who will be back for the TV revival.
Of course, the cast and creative team behind Veronica Mars have made it clear they're always ready to return to the show that so many fans still love. While the Veronica Mars movie was one way see the cast back together again, it was a short-lived experience compared to the original show's 20-22 episode seasons. Now with a revival season potentially heading to Hulu, its eight episode season is shorter than the original show but much longer than a movie. Still, it remains to be seen if Warner Bros. and Hulu will reach the deal for a Veronica Mars revival and if they do, what it will entail. For now, Veronica Mars fans will have to wait and see - but at least a revival looks more likely now than ever before.