Ostroff Reveals Veronica Mars Plans
report by Yellowqueen22
the Winter 2007 TCA Press Tour held on January 19th, 2007, CW
Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff answered many questions
about Veronica Mars as well as the future of the network.
her opening comments, Ostroff announced that the network was pleased
with the growth in Veronica Mars' ratings. Weve
said from the beginning that we were being realistic with our
expectations because we knew that it would take some time for
our viewers to actually find The CW, Ostroff said in discussing
The CW's goal of building momentum and an audience base. However,
Ostroff made it clear that she and the network is happy with the
ratings, since our launch, weve had stead ratings
growth for many of our series as viewers continue to find us.
have had some of their
best ratings ever. Additionally, Ostroff mentioned Veronica
Mars as a model for moving into a new life after high school
storylines when discussing the future of One Tree Hill
if it comes back next year.
Ostroff announced that Veronica Mars episodes will be streamed
for free on The CW network the day after they air on the network.
This announcement is part of The CW attempt to expand into
new media and impact how viewers watch television
and interact with The CW. The sites video player has
a tear away feature, which, according to Rick Haskins, allows
the user to resize the video player to any size that they
want, and then they can have it reside on their desktop. So they
can actually be watching programs while answering e-mails, IM'ing,
talking on the mobile, or, dare I say, working. Also, the
video player has a send-to-a-friend feature, which allows
the user to send any specific moment of the show theyre
watching no matter how small or how large it is. So beginning
with this weeks all new episode of Veronica Mars,
Show Me the Monkey, you will be able to watch the
episode on The CWs web based video player at CWTV.com
Dawn Ostroff also announced that Veronica Mars will be
going on hiatus for eight weeks, while the new reality series,
The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, airs
during the Veronica Mars time slot. The hiatus will begin
on March 6th and continue for eight weeks. However, when Veronica
Mars comes back, it will come back with five stand-alone
episodes. Each of the five episodes will work separately
and run without hiatus for five weeks. Ostroff confirmed that
the new stand-alone format for the final five episodes is not
an admission that the show is in a little more trouble
or that the network is not happy with the numbers.
In fact, Ostroff repeatedly told reporters that the network has
been really happy with the quality and that the
numbers have been better than they ever were in the history of
the series. Ostroff went on to explain the reasoning for the stand-alone
episodes, its really just a way to experiment and
see if we can make the show closed-ended so that people arent
intimidated to come in. And it just is more accessible to viewers,
and thats really whats motivating it.
a brighter note, Ostroff mentioned that the prospect for a fourth
season is hopeful due to the improved numbers Veronica Mars
has achieved on The CW. Well, you know, its funny
because I feel like Ive answered that question every year,
said Ostroff when asked about the possibility of a fourth season
for Veronica Mars. She went on to say, And its
still on the air, and Im still here. But I think that, you
know, more than anything, Veronica Mars is a show that
we are proud of. And I have to say all of your support for that
show has meant so much to the survival of the show. I think Rob
continues to do an unbelievable job in just evolving the series.
And you know, hopefully well have good things to talk about.
When you look at the number, Veronica Mars has actually
had its best numbers ever since The CWs been in existence.
a final note, Ostroff confirmed the possibility of pairing the
new Kevin Williamson drama Hidden Palms with Veronica Mars
in the future. The pairing was discussed due to the similarities
between the shows, since both are young serialized shows with
a mystery and horror element to it. When asked about the decision
to pick up Hidden Palms and the structural elements it
has in common with Veronica Mars, Ostroff replied, Its
funny because, really, when we looked at Hidden Palms, we
just looked at it for what it is. Again, its the characters
that felt very compelling to us. It was the setting that felt
very compelling; Kevins ability to create a great series
that really strikes a chord with the young audience. Those were
the things that we looked at.
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