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Friday, March 16, 2007

Save Veronica Mars

by Jennifer Squires Biller

One of television’s most clever characters is in trouble, TV fans, and she needs your help. I’m talking about the adorable, plucky, blonde detective known as Veronica Mars.

To clarify, Veronica Mars has not been cancelled. Not yet. But don’t celebrate prematurely.

E!Online reported yesterday that the show would not be returning next season, but updated the story, today, to say that the CW network hasn’t officially cancelled the show.

What this means, loyal Veronica viewers, is that it’s time to take action. Please take a moment to send a postcard or letter to the following address to show your support of one of the best shows on the small screen:

Dawn Ostroff, President of Entertainment
The CW Television Network
4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg 168
Burbank, CA 91522-0002

You can also visit this excellent Web site http://www.saveveronicamars.tv/ for an impressive action plan on what else to do to save the show.

Even if you don’t watch Veronica Mars, but you’re a fan of quality television, please write in support of the show. Why would you do that? It’s simple. If Veronica loses, we all lose. If well-written TV shows keep getting edged out by reality shows, game shows, and silly sitcoms, the future of television looks sketchy, at best.

Rumors have been rampant for weeks that Veronica would not see another season, but here at Tube Talk, I’ve chosen to be optimistic and not jump on the Veronica-is-dead bandwagon. Veronica has faced these cancellation rumors each year and survived.

The problem this year is that while Veronica has been on hiatus the last few weeks, her replacement, the insufferable Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, has been pulling down much higher ratings than Veronica did in the same time period.

Yes, I said the Pussycat Dolls. Don’t cha just want to shake some sense into the average TV viewer?

It seems ironic that I have to consistently beg folks to watch an artful, entertaining hour of noir brilliance, but they’ll easily tune in for an hour of mindless wanton reality television. But there it is.

So, I beg you, TV fans, for the sanctity of all that is right on television, please write the CW to show your support of Veronica Mars. This is a sparkling gem of a show among the endless muck of meaningless television offerings cluttering our TV schedules.

Veronica deserves your help. And so do the rest of us, who love television, lest we’ll be forced to watch future installments of vapid reality programming, as that may be all that’s left in a few seasons.

To e-mail the CW network so Save Veronica Mars, please write to this address: feedback@CWTV.com

Veronica Mars returns from hiatus on May 1 to finish out its season. Let’s give her the welcome back she deserves.


big tuna said...

Excellent column, Jen. Let's hope it makes a difference. I agree with you about the future of TV. It seems like the smaller networks are turning into all reality shows, probably b/c they're cheaper to make. But, I thought we'd turned a corner from this horrible TV trend when Greys and Lost hit. I guess not.

neptune rocks said...

Long live Veronica. Here, here, tube talk girl

belle said...

I'm with you Jennifer. Why do we keep having to pimp this show all the time? Seriously, we shouldn't have to work this hard. What the hell is wrong with TV viewers? Clearly, America, we're not smarter than a fifth grader.

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