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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.
    • 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.
    • Also, Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, who play Logan's parents are married in Real Life.
  • 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
    • Also 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy! - Oh, so many. Christopher B. Duncan as Clarence Wiedman; real-life married actors Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna as Logan's parents; Veronica's own dad is played by Enrico Colantoni; Kyle Gallner as Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas; the longest run on television of Amanda Seyfried; Percy Daggs from the Nestle Crunch with Caramel commercials featuring Shaq and a bunch of shows; Kyle Secor as Jake Kane; the list goes on. Not to mention it's how Kristen Bell became Sarah Marshall.
    • Also notable: Kendall Casablancas is Cordelia Chase.
    • And Trina Echolls is Willow Rosenberg.
    • Oh, and that Jerk Ass boss is Joss-freakin-Whedon.
    • Remember Dean Rudolph, Veronica's tour guide at Hearst College in "The Rapes of Graff"? Michael Cera.
    • Maeby was also in "The Rapes of Graff".
    • And don't forget that the Dean from season three was Ed Begley Jr., Stan Sitwell from Arrested Development (among many other roles), and promoter of the electric car.
    • And the FBI agent in 2x11 is Lucy Lawless.
    • Who would have thought that Vicki Donovan would beat out Veronica for valedictorian
    • When did Randy Taylor become a government agent?
    • And of course, as we learn in 1x14, Ben Wyatt isn't such a good teacher, after all.
    • Some folks will be surprised to learn that the DA from the pilot was once a guide at some old Mayan temple. Maybe he still has an animated stone head somewhere in his house?
    • Veronica's pregnant neighbour hunted down Osama bin Laden!
    • Armie Hammer appears in 3x03.
    • Mahoney became the Mayor of Neptune!
    • Logan's fake half-brother was also named Logan in a different series.
    • Quinn Fabray asked Weevil if he missed the gang life, and Wendell Bray was the missing boyfriend who spent the night out partying.
    • Even Maxwell Sheffield showed up as the husband of the granddaughter of Hearst's founder.
    • Paul Rudd as Desmond Fellows, the rockstar from episode 3x17.
    • The show has an in-series example as James Jordan plays Lucky and later comes back as Tim Foyle
    • Jesse Pinkman drops in as a pervert who likes taping girls at bars in the same episode that Schmidt shows up as a rookie cop.
    • Beckman went to high school with Veronica's mom.
    • The Todd is on the jury in "One Angry Veronica"
    • Dylan, Mandy's crush and bully in Hot Dogs is Nick.
  • Hey, It's That Voice! - Daran Norris plays the slightly shifty lawyer, Cliff McCormack.
  • 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.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Married-in-real-life Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna play Aaron 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.
  • Stunt Casting - Paris Hilton in season one, Alyson Hannigan in season one (and two, along with Charisma Carpenter). Paul Rudd appeared in season three.
  • Un-Canceled: Via Kickstarter, six years after the final season.
  • 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.
    • 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 a FBI Agent, going on undercover assignments with a new milquetoast boyfriend agent and actor Walt 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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