Tonight is the series finale of Veronica Mars, which is a truly sad thing. Even sadder is that the Veronica page on the CW website doesn’t even seem to MENTION this, only that it’s the season finale. I mean, if you’re going to cancel a show, at least own up to it, CW! Please. The only hint that something is amiss is down the page a bit, where there’s a section that says “See What Fans Are Saying Now!” with a selection of words representing just that. The words include: save, cancellation, never, poed, without and hope. At least I know I won’t be alone tonight, depressed at 10pm when it’s all said and done. Don’t you get the feeling, though, that if the CW was a person, they’d be the type to call up and dump you on your answering machine, or via text message, rather than be decent about it and do it face to face? Yeah. Me too.
Also tonight, the final performance show of Idol this season. Truth? I wouldn’t be watching even if it WASN’T up against Veronica. I haven’t watched it for the last two weeks, in fact, and truthfully have not missed it. Like, at all. I read the EW recaps occasionally, but overall I guess quitting Idol was easier than I thought. I saw a couple of articles online this morning that made me think I am not alone in being underwhelmed by this season (like this one) but if I had to give a real reason, I’d go all the way back to the beginning of the season, with the audition shows. They were just so mean, yeah, but also there was the fact that we didn’t even SEE a lot of the finalists audition. Instead, we got all the sad/pathetic/cringeworthy ones, and it wasn’t like we were pulling for them. Also I KNOW Idol’s always been completely shameless about the product tie-ins and plugs, but with the one-hour result show and the endless ads for Ford and various movies and CDs it just seemed…too much this year. Oh, well.
Finally, on a completely unrelated note, I saw on PW daily that Ann Rule has a new book coming out. Can I just say how much I love Ann Rule? There was a time, in fact, when I was FULLY addicted to her true crime novels, especially the early ones, like The Stranger Beside Me (which was about how she worked with Ted Bundy, serial killer!) and Small Sacrifices (which was made into one of the BEST Lifetime movies EVER, starring Farrah Fawcett.) Now, some true crime stuff is really gory and all for shock value, but that’s not her way at all: she’s a storyteller, and she just pulls you into every aspect of the case. Really compelling stuff, even if it will keep you up at night. I’ll have to go out and find her new one to add to the (already large) stack of books next to my bed. That’s the one good thing about so many shows either losing my interest, or disappearing entirely: more time to read. Gotta love the upside!
Okay, okay. I can’t just let Veronica go that easy. It’s not just a show, at least not to me. Thank you, Rob Thomas. For giving us something…epic.