Trivia / Veronica Mars

  • Actor Allusion:
    • With Harry Hamlin playing the character of an actor, Aaron Echolls, there would be the just so ever sly acknowledgment such as e.g. Clash of the Titans playing on a motel TV.
      • An episode was named Clash of the Tritons
      • And his wife in the show is played by Hamlin's real-life wife, Lisa Rinna.
    • Laura San Giacomo is dating Enrico Colantoni? Why does that sound so familiar?
    • In-universe example: Trina wanted to play herself in the Aaron Echolls story. The studio wanted Tara Reid. Also doubles as a Hilarious in Hindsight moment.
    • After running away, Duncan eventually ends up in Australia, where Teddy Dunn was born.
    • In the season 4 preview, Bob Gunton plays a corrupt prison warden.
  • Actor-Shared Background: At the beginning of his trial, Aaron Echolls states that he has been voted People Magazines Sexiest Man Alive in 1987. The actor playing Aaron, Harry Hamlin, has been voted Sexiest Man Alive in 1987.
  • Breakthrough Hit: This started Rob Thomas's career as a television producer, although his book Rats Saw God started his career as a novelist.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Veronica is implied to be 17 years old at the beginning of the show. Kristen Bell was 24 when they shot the pilot. Also Teddy Dunn (Duncan) and Jason Dohring (Logan) are a couple of years older than their respective characters.
    • The unreleased season 4 pitch features in In-Universe example: Veronica now working for the FBI goes undercover as at a girl's reform school to catch a warden who is molesting the students
    • 34-year-old Charisma Carpenter played 25-year-old Kendall Casablancas. Keith eventually finds out that she's impersonating someone else, meaning she's a few years older than she said she was.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Not in the show itself, but rather the show was the source of an instance of this trope - Kristen Bell found out the show was cancelled the day before shooting the scene in Forgetting Sarah Marshall where her character found out her show had been cancelled.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Besides ordering season three to have smaller arcs and stand-alone episodes, network executives forced show writer Rob Thomas to feature Paris Hilton as a character in the show's second episode (where she played the world's oldest teenager) and rewrite the entire ending to Meg's character.
    • According to the actor playing Wallace, UPN made it clear to Rob Thomas during season one that they would never allow him to pair Wallace and Veronica up romantically, due to the network thinking no one would watch a show where the main character (who was white) was dating a black man.
    • A positive example in The Movie. During post-production, Warner Bros asked Rob Thomas to add a scene explaining why there was a class war in Neptune, which became Keith interfering in a stop-and-frisk. The studio bankrolled this scene, as well as the pre-titles recap and introduction.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Leighton Meester was one of the few original cast members unable to reprise their role, but since her character Carrie Bishop was central to the movie's plot, she was re-cast with Andrea Estella.
    • Play It Again, Dick re-introduces Duncan Kane into the franchise for the first time since Season 2, but he's no longer played by Teddy Dunn. Instead, the role is taken by Ryan Devlin, who interestingly already had a significant role in the show as the first Big Bad of Season 3.
    • As noted elsewhere, the dog playing Backup in the pilot is an entirely different breed to the one used for the rest of the series.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Married-in-real-life Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna play Logan Echolls's parents.
    • Wallace's little brother who appears in a couple of episodes is played by Percy Daggs' real brother.
    • Dax Shepard (Kristen Bell's husband) makes a cameo in the movie.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Combined with Hilarious in Hindsight: Every scene featuring Krysten Ritter as Gia Goodman feels very different once you've seen her as the title character in Jessica Jones, which could basically be described as "Veronica Mars with superpowers".
  • Shrug of God: Rob Thomas says that Kendall Casablanca is dead.....until someone gives a good enough story to convince him that she's still alive.
  • Stunt Casting: Paris Hilton in season one, Alyson Hannigan in season one (and two, along with Charisma Carpenter). Paul Rudd appeared in season three.
  • Tuckerization: Piz was named after a regular director for the show, Mark Piznarski.
  • Uncanceled: Via Kickstarter, six years after the final season.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The Marses make use of then cutting-edge technology like laptop cameras, complete with full explanations of them which feel pretty weird now. Plus, the presence of a Very Special Episode about Invisible Children dates the show to before the organization's reputation was stained by the "Kony 2012" debacle.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The death of Meg Manning: She was supposed to have died in the bus crash, but UPN demanded at least one survivor due to them not wanting to open the show's second season with a bunch of dead teenagers. So Meg (who was supposed to die) lingered in a coma with the plan being that Meg's mother would euthanise her possibly braindead daughter and Veronica (hiding in the room) would witness this and be busted by hospital staff members, after Meg was smothered to death when she comes out of hiding and removes the pillow from Meg's face. This got shot down too (though Thomas was allowed to film it as part of a stunt "alternate ending" that was posted on the show's UPN website). So instead, the episode that aired ended instead with the reveal that Meg was pregnant with Duncan's baby and her waking up just in time to give birth and die from a brain hemorrhage.
    • Dick was supposed to be a suspect for the Hearst Rapist storyline and Rob Thomas even admitted that they had a retcon in mind to establish Dick secretly being on campus during the season two episode that started the arc, this was abandoned.
      • The rapist was going to be Dean the tour guide, until Michael Cera was unable to return.
    • Season Four was supposed to have been a complete reformatting, complete with Time Skip and firing all cast members save for Kristen Bell. The relaunch would make Veronica an FBI Agent, going on undercover assignments with a new milquetoast boyfriend agent and Walton Goggins as her supervisor/mentor.
    • The reason Wallace and Mac were so underutilized in season 3 is that there was supposed to be a third major mystery plot revolving around them. When the episode order was cut to 20, there was no way it could be squeezed into that time, so we're left with these two major characters getting barely anything to do for no reason.

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