With a new episode of Veronica airing this week, so begins the second story arch of the season – Who killed Dean O’Dell? Now so far we’ve had nine episodes this season and we’ve been promised twenty which would mean the rest of the season, all eleven episodes, will be split into six and five. Why you ask? Let’s check the USA Today…
Reality series Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, in which nine women compete for a spot on the hit singing group, will air for eight weeks starting March 6, Tuesdays at 9 ET/PT. Veronica Mars, which now airs in that spot, will take a breather then return for five non-serialized episodes — a first for that series — to finish out the season.
Now as much as I love the Pussycat Dolls and loosening up some buttons, I really don’t want another break in my show. Especially since long breaks often lead to lost viewers. If Veronica is going to make it to Season 4, then the February sweeps are going to either have to be utterly phenomenal or, more likely, the show is going to have to gain a half million viewers by May. It’s estimated that the show has around 3 million viewers right now. So if you know a half million people, you might want to invite them over for a viewing of Veronica Mars this Tuesday and get them hooked.
As for the idea of non-serialized episodes, I can deal with it. The show has constantly demonstrated its ability to evolve, and as long as there are good writers on the staff, I can’t see this being a problem. There will still be carryover each week, just no big mystery to be solved.
I’m still skeptical on a fourth season. With this development and with the Nielsen ratings still holding well under what the CW wants, a fourth season isn’t looking like its going to happen. It’s not over till the fat lady sings though. Remember, VM was originally signed for only 13 episodes this season and it picked up 7 more after a solid premiere and continued critical acclaim. Side note: the reason VM didn’t get a “full” 22 is because the CW didn’t have enough bling in its budgets it’s not because the show is getting cancelled. Simple money problems. With this in mind I am starting a new feature in which I will continue to chart the odds for a fourth season of Veronica.
Odds for a fourth season of Veronica Mars as of right now: 1 in 4
Don’t forget you can watch Veronica Mars episodes anytime at the CW’s website. Just click here!