The biggest TV story of the day, ironically enough, has nothing to do with a show that is currently on the air. Instead, we’re talking about a program in “Veronica Mars” that has been off the air now for six years, and how the efforts to bring this show back may be changing the entire landscape of TV.
Specifically, what we are talking about here is a bit of a revolution. Show creator Rob Thomas created a new Kickstarter page on Wednesday for what was going to be a movie based on the hit UPN series (which was brought over to The CW in the merger and canceled there following season 3), with the goal being that the movie will get made if more than $2 million is raised. Some of the incentives for raising the money include opportunities to be an extra, have an actual one-line speaking part, autographs, or even a recorded voicemail message by either Kristen Bell or one of the show’s other cast members.
How smart of an idea did this turn out to be? Well, let’s just say that there is already over $1 million in the coffers in just about six hours of the page being online, which is a record time for the fundraising site. Considering that the show set a 30-day threshold to make this happen, we have a feeling that getting to $2 million will be no problem, and while things may start to settle down following the initial rush, we do anticipate this happening at least within the next few days.
Here’s the question that we are now left wondering: could other brilliant-but-canceled shows try to do something similar to make a move happen? Could you see a publicly-funded “Freaks & Geeks” movie, or “Jericho” getting one final shot? If “Firefly” had not already gotten themselves a movie, it would be equally a prime candidate for this.
What do you think: will this “Veronica Mars” movie inspire other TV shows to create Kickstarter campaigns for themselves? Be sure to share some of your thoughts below!