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May 18th, 2006


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09:20 am - Rob's Declassified Network Survival Guide
Okay, now that The CW has officially announced that they are picking up Veronica Mars (bonus: Dawn Ostroff totally fucking mentioned the plane!), I can let you guys in on some intel from mid-April that had been labelled TOP SECRET by Rob Thomas.

Contrary to popular insider belief, in mid-April, Rob did not know that they were being picked up. He was told they were heavily favored, surely, but nothing was set in stone. Neither the network nor the studio had any claim on him for the coming fall.

Which is why NBC was able to offer him the showrunning gig for Friday Night Lights. And they wanted him exclusively.

Friday Night Lights is a drama about Texas high school football that shoots in Rob's hometown of Austin. You can imagine, then, that the offer was "pretty goddamn tempting." Throw in the fact that because he'd be playing with the big dogs, he'd have a huge budget and be promoted like crazy because of NBC's getting back in the NFL business, and it's a tough decision. Especially because the pilot he saw was "AWESOME." He was making himself sad wishing he could do both, but he wasn't going to put VM in jeopardy.

He passed on the offer a couple days after he told me about it; I don't know how long he'd been considering it. I thought it was awesome that he was even asked.

But that is what could have been. And that is Rob's devotion to Veronica Mars.
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From:athenacqd
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Didn't think it was possible....I love him more.

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From:raelee
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
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I'd say I love him but you know that already.
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From:nme525
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow. He's so awesome.
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From:horsefacehannah
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's HUGE. And it only proves to me that when Veronica finally ends, there's still interest in RT quality produce for me to consume.
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From:80sfiend
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Yay! For all of it. :D
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From:kalbear
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
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I think he's going to regret not doing that.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Well, let's hope FNL gets cancelled first, so he doesn't. Heh.
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From:dlgood
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
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I would regret that. FNL is something that could be really cool.
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From:kalbear
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm kind of hoping that it doesn't; a good HS football story would be fun to watch.
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From:ironsgold
Date:May 19th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
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I agree. Not a good career move. FNL is going to ROCK! I love VM, but I don't see it being around for the long haul.
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From:eirefaerie
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
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FNL!!! Oh, that would have been so much better if RT had run it, but as it is, I'm still pretty excited for it.

But, aww. ROB LOVES VERONICA!!! We all knew it, that big softy.
From:hobviously
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
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YOU'RE flattered on HIS behalf?

...

This, my friend, is why you have haters.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Well, good for them. I would be flattered on your behalf if something cool happened to you.

Maybe my wording is incorrect. All I mean is that I think it's cool, and I'm happy for him. I'll fix it because whatever (marriage).
From:hobviously
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I figured that was what you meant, but the wording comes off as very pompous to me. Perhaps I'm just an accomplishment hog (as I don't think I would like others being flattered on my behalf, either).
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that was just me using words that sounded good without really knowing what they meant. That's not what I meant at all.

I will essay not to be flattered on your behalf in the future. All your flattery are belong to you.
From:hobviously
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Aw, Cowy. I wish I knew how to quit you.

(Not really.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Wait, shit, you already know how to quit me? Fuck.
From:hobviously
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
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So you'd better toe the line, mister.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
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What if I tow it instead? That way you'll never even be able to grab hold of it!
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From:staygold70
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
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As a huge fan of the show, I am flattered on its behalf any time anyone says anything nice about it. RT runs "the little show that could" and we feel good for him when he gets recognition. Cause we love him and his show.

I'm flattered for my Pittsburgh Steelers whenever I hear SuperBowl champs. Doesn't make me egotistical or anything, I don't think.

Great posts like this are also why you have so many friends. Don't fret it.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Eh. Being misinterpreted is, like, a hobby of mine. I changed it to better reflect what I meant. I basically pulled that wording out of the fact that I told him he should be flattered.
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From:zimshan
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
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WOW. Well, I guess this would make it official. ROB LOVES VERONICA!!! Not like there was ever any question in my mind, but that is pretty huge there. That's DEVOTION right there. Aww, I love our show's showrunner...

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From:magnolia888
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
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I had heard a rumor that he had gotten the offer, but I thought it couldn't be true. Wow. I guess they went to Katims after he turned it down. I know the Pilot had really good buzz and everyone was saying it turned out better than expected.

That must have been hard for him to turn down because, geez, a show about high school football in Texas? Could that BE anymore up his alley? But I'm glad he's still devoted to Veronica.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
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That must have been hard for him to turn down because, geez, a show about high school football in Texas? Could that BE anymore up his alley?

I KNOW! And filming in Austin, of all places. I would have been going crazy. I'm sure he really, really wanted to jump at that opportunity. Like kalbear said above, he may regret it if VM doesn't take off, but I hope that isn't the case. More for my sake than for his. Heh.
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From:magnolia888
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Well, if VM ends and FNL succeeds, it may be around for a while and showrunners come and go . . .

I'm a fan of Jason Katims (MSCL, Roswell) and hope he does a good job, though. He knows high school stories also, but he's done mainly touchy-feely stuff before, not anything sports-related, afaik.
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From:penmage
Date:May 18th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Katims? :snorch:

I'm sorry, I mean, I love Roscrackwell as much as the next girl. But I can just imagine what Katims would do to a High School Football drama. Do you think it will have aliens?
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From:magnolia888
Date:May 18th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
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Katims was story editor on MSCL long before Roswell and iirc, he was the showrunner on Relativity, neither of which involved aliens. I think that he was perhaps in over his head with the sci-fi parts of Roswell, which is why Ron Moore was brought in.

I have no idea how he'll do with FNL, but I loved Relativity and will be checking out FNL.
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From:penmage
Date:May 18th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
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No, to be perfectly honest, as cracky as Roswell was, I loved it. I have faith. I think Katims could pull it off great, but it would have a very different flavour from an RT show.
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From:gymble
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Oh wow. But I'm so happy that he's sticking with VM instead.
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From:gymble
Date:May 18th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
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And I knew that you knew something! Ha!
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From:spadada
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
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My love knows no bounds.
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From:kammgirl
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing this. I have so much respect for this man.
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From:queenrikki_hp
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Wow. God, I wish somehow he'd been able to take it. That sounds like an awesome job. Is okay to be disappointed for him and happy for us?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
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I hope so. Because I am.
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From:queenrikki_hp
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Good. I feel better now. Though, I would have probably watched that show if he had taken the job (despite having no interest at all in the subject matter). It's all a part of my "keep Rob Thomas Employed" scheme.
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From:warden96
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm with Kalbear on the regretting part.
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From:upanashad
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Aw, Rob Thomas has integrity. That makes me feel all warm and gooey inside. Thanks for sharing the news with us.
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From:blixie
Date:May 18th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Yay Rob, this is exactly why I love him. As a mega huge sports fan myself I can only imagine how tempting it was to work on a football show in Austin, and work with great people like Peter Berg and Kyle Chandler. Like I could totally never have begrudged him trying to juggle both committments, but he knows that Veronica needs him and didn't abandon her. Aww.
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From:penmage
Date:May 18th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Fanttastic. There are not words to describe how quickly and completely this is becoming my all-time favorite fandom. Not only is the show itself awesome, but the fandom - and now RT - has consistently been blowing me away.
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From:tarfrimmer
Date:May 18th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Dude, I'm so selfishly relieved and grateful he passed on that. Imagining VM being taken over by some unknown person is too freaky, especially when the show was and continues to be on the bubble.

Thanks for sharing that with us. It really makes me appreciate his commitment to this show even more.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 18th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
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My guess is that Diane would have taken over.
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From:bspalek
Date:May 19th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
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Wow. I love how dedicated he is to this show. Yay for him not being a JJ Abhrams!
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From:punzerel
Date:May 19th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
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Hurray! More good VMars for me to watch (I'm in the middle of season 2 and trying to stay away from spoilers, although someone just spoiled me for two things within ten minutes so I'm grumpy. The point is, I'm not as invested as with s1, but it's still reallly good TV, and I love Veronica, and I miss Wallace.)
From:mangopickle
Date:May 19th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
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You realize that I would never have forgiven RT for ditching VM for FNL if he had done that. It would've been such an easy way out. I have enormous respect for him that he would choose to fight for and nurture this struggling albeit brilliant series than buy into cockshock male sports soap cheese.
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From:aprilbegins
Date:May 19th, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
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I was thinking about this today in my langue class when we were going over a ... completely comparable article about the significance and changes of Sundays in France. Point being, that's way cool. I needed an RT boost, hehe. I'm really really glad to get that reassurance about how much the show means to him.
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From:matchboxslayer
Date:May 20th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
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craziness. absolute. could you imagine?!

i know that guy that wrote the movie for friday night lights, and he's not very happy they are making the show. i'm glad i didn't have a clash of fandomness.
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From:londonaster
Date:May 28th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
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Everybody better fucking watch VM because I don't want Rob regretting this. I'm sure FNL would still hire him on as showrunner if it goes on longer than VM does.

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