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Veronica Mars catches thieves, cheaters and killers, all while maintaining a high GPA and some impressive non-detecting extracurricular activities. But making things look so effortless for their heroine takes months of work, planning and despair from her writers.
An average "Veronica" script takes about four weeks from when Thomas and his writers start outlining, or "breaking," the stories, to when it's ready to shoot. The timeline isn't unusual for network dramas, but the whodunit element makes the process much more intense.
"Mysteries are really, really hard, and in our case it's two mysteries," says Thomas, "one we're breaking over five acts of the piece, and one that we're doing over (multiple) episodes. It's a lot of balls to keep juggling. I adored 'Freaks and Geeks,' but I could break those episodes in two days. They're all slices of life. And I adore it, and I'm not being disparaging at all; it just takes longer for us to do an hour teen drama that also has crimes to solve."
Monday, October 02, 2006
Because I wanted to do something a little different than a standard review to tease the "Veronica Mars" premiere, I interviewed Rob Thomas about the process of writing the show's mysteries: