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Sept. 2005

Sept. 20, 2005 1:53 PM PDT

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Veronica Mars - Weds. 9/28 - 9:00 p.m - UPN.
Sept. 19, 2005 4:51 AM PDT

Veronica Mars DVDVERONICA MARS — Okay, so I haven't exactly been throwing out fast and furious updates. Or any updates. At all. Sorry about that! But I'm still here, albeit busy, and I still plan to tackle that episode guide sometime this millennium.

But in the meantime, console yourselves with Veronica Mars, the best show on TV since the heyday of BtVS. I once saw someone sum it up with the following: Buffy - vampires + Nancy Drew = Veronica Mars. Veronica, played by the delightful Kristen Bell, certainly has some similarities to Buffy - she's strong yet vulnerable, she's quippy, she's small/blonde/dead cute. She doesn't slay vampires (there's no supernatural element here), but she does solve mysteries (her dad's a private investigator and she's inherited the genes). [Read UPN's summary of the show for more details.] It's not a redo of Buffy - that would be lame anyway - but it does share a certain something, and I'm encouraging all Buffy fans (those who aren't already die-hard VM fans, that is) to give it a shot.

Here are three bonus reasons to try it:

1. Charisma Carpenter is joining the show this season (Season Two).
2. Joss Whedon loves it, too, and he wants you to watch it! [Click to read his raves about the show.]
3. According to VM creator Rob Thomas, Joss is going to cameo in an episode this season.

So, you're interested, but you're concerned about not having seen the first season? Well, first, slap yourself for that mistake. Next, I suggest one of two things:

1. Use your pal the internet to find out what you missed. Start with Mars Investigations - a beginner's guide to Veronica Mars. Read their episode recaps and give the rest of the site a good read-through. Perhaps read some other recaps, and watch UPN's video recap of the first season (click the link on the right that says "NEW TO VERONICA MARS?
Watch the Season One Recap - 7:26"). Google the show if you're still hungry. Make a stop at the site of creator Rob Thomas (click Enter and click on the Veronica Mars section.)
2. Start videotaping and/or Tivoing the upcoming season. It starts on Weds, September 28. But don't watch it yet - buy Season One on DVD when it comes out on October 11. Have a Season One Marsathon, and then dive into the episodes of Season Two that you now have on tape or Tivo. (But for heaven's sake, don't lose the tapes, or let your Tivo delete the episodes, or you'll be left in a painful situation!)

Whatever you do, be sure to tune in one way or another, and tell all your friends and family:

Wednesday, September 28th, 9:00 p.m., UPN

p.s. If you want to say "thanks!" for turning you on to the joys of VM, buy me a birthday present! My bday is this weekend, but I don't mind if it arrives late after you wait to see if you like the show.

p.p.s. Also of note this Fall:
Bones, a procedural drama starring David Boreanaz. Tuesdays at 8:00 on FOX; already premiered.
How I Met Your Mother, a sitcom co-starring Alyson Hannigan. Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on CBS, premiering September 19.
Kitchen Confidential, a sitcom co-starring Nicholas Brendon. Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on FOX, premiering September 19.
(Yep, Aly and Nick are facing off. Aly's show seems to be getting better reviews, for what it's worth.)

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