What's the Deal With Veronica Mars Season 5?

Hulu revived Veronica Mars for what was always billed as a miniseries, but there was hope for more adventures...

By Chris Harnick Jan 17, 2020 6:08 PMTags
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Veronica Mars is heading back to TV limbo? After Hulu revived the fan-favorite series as a miniseries, which was also called the fourth season, there was talk the show would continue on Now, E! News has learned there are no plans for addition episodes—a fifth season—at this time. A source added, "Though in true Veronica Mars fashion—never say never!"

However, the show survived cancellation for three seasons across two networks and was brought back to life on the big screen thanks to a partially fan-funded film. Veronica Mars, she's a survivor.

At the 2020 Television Critics Association winter press tour, Hulu boss Craig Erwich addressed the show's future on the streaming platform. 

"We were thrilled with the entire Veronica Mars experience that we brought to our viewers. It was a really unique set of content," he said, noting the first three seasons came out of streaming storage before launching the fourth season.

Erwich said many people discovered the show for the first time on Hulu.


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"It generated a lot of social conversation. You know what's interesting is that collection, that kind of journey for Veronica Mars in terms of TV episodes and in terms of her as a character exists on Hulu and lives with us for a long some. So, there's still a lot of Veronica Mars for people to check out...right now we think that's a really satisfying narrative experience for them," he said.

Kristen Bell has starred in all iterations of the series as the titular character, a snarky private eye. The show started with Veronica in high school, followed her to college and then in the fourth season caught up with her as a 30-something still trying to figure her life out.

The Hulu revival divided fans after—spoiler alert!—it featured Veronica wedding her on-and-off beau Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) and quickly killed him after the nuptials. The finale featured a time jump with a widowed Veronica leaving her hometown of Neptune for a case.

Erwich said the decision to kill off Logan was series creator Rob Thomas' and they stand by his decision and called it a "satisfying experience." The Hulu exec also defended the streamer's decision to drop the show a week early, during Comic-Con, as a way to eventize the launch.

Bell previously told E! News knowing the show, and the character who has been an inspiration for audiences, was still out there was a comforting feeling.

"It's very strange. I feel very lucky. I don't think it happens all too often that you get to be deeply respectful to the thing that started you like I have gotten to be towards Veronica Mars. Coming back and doing it felt so lovely because I have a profound amount of respect for that show, that character, that creator, those producers, they helped me. Coming back to do it again wasn't just exciting as an actor, it was a way to say thank you," Bell said, noting further adventures would be dependent on audiences.


Thomas revealed he did have plans for the show after the fourth season death. "The show started as a combo teen soap/noir mystery show. And moving forward, my opinion is that we're going to have to survive as a mystery show. The next one, expect something closer to a straight up mystery, that we're going to lean heavily into that element of the show," Thomas said.

The death of Logan polarized fans. Thomas explained they decided to kill off the character to push the show forward. "Here's the thing: It is certainly placing a big bet. And I love Jason Dohring, the person, I love Logan the character. But we really want to be able to do more Veronica Mars in the future and playing a detective series where your kickass detective has a boyfriend or husband back home is not undoable, but not the best version of the show," Thomas said.

"I think there's a reason why on a television series when your two leads get together, the show is over. It just gets inherently less interesting, particularly if you want to do a badass, noir mystery, it felt like cutting off an arm to save the body a bit," Thomas added. "If we never get to do more Veronica Mars then I placed a bad bet. I'm hopeful that fans can get their heads around it, but I'm incredibly nervous prior to finding out whether that is in fact true."

Originally published on on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at 2:58 p.m. PT.