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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: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).
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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: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: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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