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Mission To MARS!!
CW To Be Buried UnderPallets of Diabetes-Inducing Foodstuffs??

I am – Hercules!!
Well, frak me. “Veronica Mars” fans, encouraged by the success of the “Jericho” fans two days ago, have lost their frakking minds over the last 48 hours. Not only do they appear to have bought up every Mars Bar in the United States – thousands of them - to send to Dawn Ostroff (programming head of The CW), they have also purchased thousands of Snickers With Almonds (which apparently replaced the defunct U.S. Mars Bars four years ago) and have moved on to palettes of marshmallows (because – get this – Veronica once referred to herself as a “marshmallow”). I gather 350 pounds of marshmallows were purchased yesterday, with more piling up. We hear a frakking truck in Houston is being hired to transport all the candy bars and marshmellows to The CW offices in California. (Apparently all those people who paid full shipping charges the day “Jericho” was renewed did not pay in vain.) And the “Save Veronica” organizers are far from done. They want a lot MORE palettes landing at The CW’s doorstep by June 15. If the quantities grow large enough maybe USA or MTV or Oxygen or iTunes or DirecTV (or Showtime??) or somebody else outside The CW will take notice. Given the shortage of Mars Bars, SpicyWorld (which I gather is another name for The Indian Food Store, the Amazon vendor which had all those U.K. Mars Bars), is taking Paypal contributions. If I understand correctly, all funds directed there will go toward the purchase of candy for the campaign. Head over here to learn a lot more more about the fast-swelling Mars Bars Campaign pool and how you can contribute to it. I keep hearing that the cut-off date for candy contributions is 3 p.m. Monday, June 11 (apparently so all the candy will land at the CW before June 15). Strapped for cash? A letter sent by Monday would be effective as well. Send it to: Dawn Ostroff President of Entertainment The CW Network 4000 Warner Boulevard, Bldg 168 Burbank, CA 91522-0002 Once the Monday shipping deadline expires? Somebody suggested all the fans ponying up another $1.99 each to buy Veronica's spectacular Logan-punchy third-season finale on iTunes the same day. Does iTunes publicize a list of each day's bestsellers somewhere? That's money going directly into the pocket of Warner Bros., which produces the show. But what day to converge? I'd think June 14 if nobody has a better idea ...

Neptune Noir: Unauthorized Investigations Into Veronica Mars
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  • June 8, 2007, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by Shivv


  • June 8, 2007, 7:52 p.m. CST

    What are you guys going to send NBC to save Studio 60?

    by Julius Dithers

    Dennis Kucinich literature?

  • June 8, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST


    by closeencounter

    So there neeenerneeener

  • June 8, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST

    a win-win situation:

    by newc0253

    either they renew Veronica Mars or the folk responsible for cancelling it will die of hypoglacaemic shock from eating a million mars bars. so good news either way.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Save Seinfeld!

    by JackIsLost

    Save Studio 60! Save Gilmore Girls! Save The George Lopez Show! Save the cheerleader! Save the world! ...... Good lord, people, I think this entire scheme was concocted by executives at candy companies...

  • June 8, 2007, 8:01 p.m. CST

    I´ll send them MARS bars from frakkin` Germany...

    by Man_of_Stool

    ...that`s how much I love `RONI! FUCK HOSTEL

  • June 8, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Julius Dithers

    by epitone

    No, silly. Steadicams.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by apolo_sputnik

    Studio 60 is the best show in years. <p> Sure, Studio 60 doesn't have a barely legal teen that gets Harry off, but it's a much better show and deserves to be saved MORE than Jerico AND Veronica Mars. <p> What are we gonna do to save the '60?

  • June 8, 2007, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Tailhook, agreed.

    by Hercules

    I suspect kids who utilize the L.A.-area shelters and food programs will be the ultimate beneficiaries of all this good will. But, of course, that's really up to the lovely Ms. Ostroff.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:06 p.m. CST

    it's worth a try

    by johnnysunshine

    I'm not optimistic, but it's worth the 41 cents to send CW a letter

  • June 8, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Free Kristen Bell!

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Though she hasn't publicly stated anything, I just get this feeling that Kristen Bell does not want to return to the show. Furthermore, the FBI premise for a new season just doesn't seem interesting. I do look forward to seeing how things unfold between now and June 15.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Thank You!!!

    by Scramble Network

    Hey Herc-- Thanks for another great post, this helps a ton! We're drafting a letter that will be attached to each box, and in it, we'll be suggesting good uses for all that candy. Like the man said, some kids in need will hopefully be the winners here.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Tailhook, I'm sorry but...

    by DanielKurland

    you really don't know what you're talking about. Sorkin doesn't know how to write comedy? Let's say for conversation sake that Studio 60 has never had a good joke (which I disagree with). It wouldn't matter. The show is a drama. Watch Sorkin's 53 episodes of Sports Night though, a show written as a comedy, and then tell me he still doesn't know how to write humor. There is, guaranteed, something in that show that would make you laugh. By the way, the huge progress in such little time in this campaign is wonderful.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Ged ya ass to Mahhs!

    by Mosquito March

    Yeah, "Free Kristen Bell" alright. Free her out of her panties.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:37 p.m. CST

    is this campaign getting any press?!?

    by lotusblade

    Save Jericho! got a lot of press. Is this getting any press anywhere? E! or TV Guide or anyplace?

  • June 8, 2007, 8:37 p.m. CST

    let it go....

    by bamboogrove

    the show sucks, let it die already.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Our biggest frustration...

    by Scramble Network

    has definitely been getting press. They've definitely been notified. You would think the TV blogs would be all over it, since its not like there's a lot of news out there during the summer. The best thing you can do is send them emails and comments, politely asking them to cover the campaign. That definitely helps! Hopefully, this AICN story will get their attention, too!

  • June 8, 2007, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Save Firefly!

    by chiahead

    I'm going to get jars and jars of firelfies and send them to... someone at Fox for taking away my favorite show ever. Who's with me???

  • June 8, 2007, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Give to a food bank, or shelter, instead. And turn off

    by Pound Sand


  • June 8, 2007, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Can we start some a campaign to force Smallville...

    by Shermdawg get a better writing staff?<br><br> Please?

  • June 8, 2007, 9:03 p.m. CST


    by Pennsy

    For a campaign as inspired as the nuts to CBS to save Jericho ;) <p> Go, VM fans, go!

  • June 8, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST

    I just hope they get the message . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    the subtlety of the Mars Bar message MAY go over their over-inflated, self-important peon heads.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST

    I'm going to save Twin Peaks, and here's how...

    by tonagan

    I'll send ABC the bodies of dead women wrapped in plastic. Maybe that'll finally get them to change their minds, damn it.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST

    The CW just MAY need Veronica back if....

    by Eternal Watcher

    the new fall shows, including Gossip Girl, bomb out. I think people don't want their last image of Veronica be of her crying in the rain, thinking her dad will hate her forever because it's HER fault he can't be sheriff again. If a mini-series can be produced where she vindicates herself over mean ol' Neptune, her dad forgives her because he was actually happy he lost, and Logan and her friends also decide to leave town, then fans will let the show go....and have a peak at her future--with the CIA. I think an eight-week miniseries should do it.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:13 p.m. CST

    definitely worth a few bucks

    by Atomik Steve

    I chipped in via PayPal. Very quick. Definitely worth the few minutes and dollars for one of the best shows ever to air on television. Anyone who has ever enjoyed this show can certainly chip in a few bucks for a candy bar. It's not much to ask.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:14 p.m. CST

    even if only...

    by Atomik Steve

    ...for a mini-series as suggested above by Eternal Watcher. Seriously, I want some extra closure!

  • June 8, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Re: What are you guys going to send NBC to save Studio

    by jbs0209

    "What are you guys going to send NBC to save Studio 60?"<br> -Julius Dithers<p> Well Jules, in keeping with Studio 60s theme I'll be praying to Jesus.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Here's what will happen...

    by DanielKurland

    Thomas will get the chance to do a movie, but rather than resolving the loose ends, it will be a prequel chronicling the last week of Lily Kane's life. There will be some intense scenes, such as the breafast after Veronica finds out that Keith was the one who was raping her. And Veronica and Mac will both be naked, however, a different actress will be playing Mac.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:26 p.m. CST

    How much does $20 buy in mars bars or marshmallows?

    by Pennsy


  • June 8, 2007, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Did I also mention that...

    by DanielKurland

    the French are going to love this film?

  • June 8, 2007, 9:29 p.m. CST

    I hope they donate it to charity or something

    by Proman1984

    Otherwise what a waste, with all respect to fans of the show.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST

    They probably will donate it, Proman...

    by Pennsy

    Or else they'll just look bad dumping thousands of Mars Bars, Snickers and marshmallows into the nearest dumpster.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Nice, DanielKurland, very Nice

    by tonagan

    Lily Walk With Me

  • June 8, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST

    SAVE Kolchak: The Night Stalker!

    by RaveX

    send old typewriters, straw hats and 1966 ford mustangs to ABC!

  • June 8, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Eternal Watcher, the 18-34 demo rating for Hidden Palms

    by Pennsy

    new episode was LOWER than the same demo rating for Tuesday's VM *rerun*. So much for HP. Next.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST

    why didn't we think of this two years ago

    by Holodigm

    when carnivale was cancelled?

  • June 8, 2007, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Seems Ms Bell would be

    by SenseiJJ

    Seems Ms Bell would be willing to come back to the character.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:19 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    "What'cha gonna do when the big pay-per-view event gets cancelled, brother!"

  • June 8, 2007, 10:36 p.m. CST


    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...a swing and a miss!

  • June 8, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST

    this is interesting...

    by omarthesnake

    in that EVERY. SINGLE. VERONICA. MARS. FAN. I. KNOW. fell off the bandwagon this past season. The show, by all accounts, turned to rubbish. How about you stop trying to save it and move on with your fucking lives? And btw, the fans I knew? They were rabid. They adored the show. Now, not so much.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST


    by Pennsy

    And I think he probably would have laughed, which would make it OK.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:44 p.m. CST

    When you stop by...

    by Scramble Network

    Please DIGG the page while you're there! Oh, and I loved Season 3. That's just me, though.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    Go ask Alice !

  • June 8, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    Alas, it was too late.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:55 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    "I want my dog back," is all she said in reply

  • June 8, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    But it was perceived as too PFILF'y.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    It was Old Milwaukee Light.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST

    I sent poor kids candy

    by torgosPizza

    and all they got was this lousy diabetes! Seriously, though. The less fortunate will be able to gorge themselves on Snickers bars and marshmallows? Are you all insane?

  • June 8, 2007, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Stop Saying "Frak"

    by Defunct Gamer

    Seriously, stop saying it. You said "frak" at least a dozen times in the first half of that article. STOP IT! It's just annoying now. Uggh.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:39 p.m. CST

    pallet vs palette

    by Avenger534

    Am I confused about some secret aspect of color sets and their influence on cancelled shows, or is this just an honest typo?

  • June 8, 2007, 11:40 p.m. CST

    I Gotta Agree About S60

    by Playhouse

    Shoulda been more akin to Sports Night than The West Wing. They had a fabulous cast and lots of potential, but it felt too much like they were just trying to coat TWW in Hollywood goo. Shoulda been more with the funny and less with the political. Then if they had had a small few of episodes that focused on political issues as the impetus of skits, it woulda been much more effective. It should've been a much more biting satire of the network studio system filtered through the fun and light touch of Sports Night. That would've gotten it a lot more fans and kept it on much longer.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I sent Aaron Sorkin

    by johne5

    Toad, to realize that his shows are too good to be funny.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by SnapT

    Tim Batale wore a blue Oxford shirt and khakis! Flood NBC with blue Oxford shirts and khakis!

  • June 8, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST

    What can I send to stop this?

    by arrangedletters

    The last 2 episodes sucked so hard I still have a small indentation in my head from watching. Can someone tell me where to go to make sure they don't give the show another season. Seriously that secret society episode was done better with Pacey.

  • June 9, 2007, 12:42 a.m. CST

    You fools

    by Toby___Wong

    CW will laugh at you with your Mars bars and shit. They will have snack supply for weeks to come and they don't have to pay for it. While eating the bars etc they will think "What a morons."

  • June 9, 2007, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Well, if I've got a sweet tooth, I know where to go :D

    by polyh3dron


  • June 9, 2007, 12:45 a.m. CST

    I sent a firecracker to NBC to save the Black Donnellys

    by polyh3dron

    I don't think it went over too well though..

  • June 9, 2007, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Maybe I'll try an axe instead for the Donnellys...

    by polyh3dron

    Or a grenade..

  • June 9, 2007, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Idea for studio 60 lets all send NBC...

    by Quo Vadimus

    Vicoden, Percoset, Hydrodocone, Oxycotin....that would be a fun truck to highjack.

  • June 9, 2007, 1 a.m. CST

    Hercules, Agreed

    by slder78

    Ostroff is lovely, if not dare I say H.O.T. but VM is doomed. They gave it the one and only slot everyone conceeded it should go in, post Gilmore Girls and it still lost too many viewers to House. Rob Thomas made a mistake in leaving the finale open ended.

  • June 9, 2007, 1:27 a.m. CST

    This season should have ended at Ep. 15

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    That episode was a good close to the entire series.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:10 a.m. CST

    For everyone who sent the pallets

    by KnowItAllFuckHead

    Thank you! From someone who can only afford the 41¢. I just got into this show, caught a few S3 eps and on faith bought the first 2 seasons (hence the lack of cash) and am now eargerly awaiting each repeat, hopefully the Tiny Blonde will be back, Logan, Ken, Wallace, and Mac, Too. And might I add fuck Piz! (even if he was named after the pilot's director)

  • June 9, 2007, 3:07 a.m. CST

    They should have sent the money Invisible Children

    by derkS84

    I think a lot more press could have been obtained if people sent the money they spent on Mars Bars to the Invisible Children campaign. This would have put the money toward a really good cause, while at the same time giving a shout out to VM. Donate the money in the show's name. (Because they did an episode about it)

  • June 9, 2007, 4:20 a.m. CST

    We're burning daylight, people!

    by Hercules

    Kristen Bell talked to the AP. An excerpt: <br><br>The network, [Bell] said, has until June 15 to tell the show's producers whether it might be brought back as a midseason replacement. <br><br>CW spokesman Jeff Tobler confirmed the June 15 deadline. <br><br>

  • June 9, 2007, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Let's fucking do this shit.

    by LordEnigma

    Seriously, Veronica has a lot more story to tell. It's not like the writers, crew, and cast hate one another. Im sure they would be willing to work again. No matter the length of the season. So...let's do give Rob, Kristen, and Co. a little more story to tell. If they can save Jericho. We can save Veronica. EVERYBODY REDY TO BUY SOME VM ON ITUNES? SO SAY WE ALL! MOTHERFUCKERS!

  • June 9, 2007, 4:34 a.m. CST


    by Darth Bauer

    I was going to send Lemonheads candies, but it seems lame shows about teenage girls that 40 year-old men watch have cornered the market on junk food.

  • June 9, 2007, 4:35 a.m. CST

    ^That should say I SENT GRENADES. Damnit.

    by Darth Bauer

    Damnit 2x.

  • June 9, 2007, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Shermdawg, I second your request.

    by LordEnigma

    Seriously, the Smallville writers, completely fucked themselves with all of their rules. They need to let him be Supes already. We will send them CAPES. It will be awesome. Nevertheless, this show has a little more story to tell, that's why it needs to be saved. The story is not over. No matter what the fucking CW and Les DOUCHENUTS Moonves says.

  • June 9, 2007, 6:21 a.m. CST

    To save Studio 60 you would need to send an

    by Yeti

    ostentatious piece of poo. It will bring new definition to the term "going postal"

  • June 9, 2007, 6:39 a.m. CST

    "some kids in need will hopefully be the winners here"

    by newc0253

    plus let's not forget the cause of juvenile dental health in general. i kid, i kid.

  • June 9, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST

    A Mars ??

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    Theres something i dont understand can you buy mars bars in the US or not,whats this about UK and US Mars bars aint they the same thing

  • June 9, 2007, 8:10 a.m. CST

    You Idiots. Let Veronica Mars die.

    by Itchy

    It's the only chance we'll get for Kristen Bell to decide to take on a "chellenging" role as a meth-addicted nympho stripper, and do some art house film where she spends half her screen time in the raw.

  • June 9, 2007, 8:15 a.m. CST

    "a rich white woman who will make fun of you"

    by newc0253

    somewhere in the swiss alps is a massive particle accelerator that is capable of detecting infintesimal sub-atomic particles. it may also one day be able to detect how little i care about the possibility that some studio exec will make fun of me for sending her a candy bar to save my favourite show.

  • June 9, 2007, 8:56 a.m. CST


    by optimus122

    Next time you put something in quotes , spell it right you moron.... " challenging " Also Veronica Mars rulez , and she's not a teenager..she is like 26 years old already

  • June 9, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I gave 5 bucks

    by eric haislar

    Worth a shot.

  • June 9, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST

    This better not be a scam.

    by The-Warrior

    I just dropped another sawbuck. If these clowns are using my save Veronica candy money to buy sports cars to entice teenage girls back to their love-den, I'm going to go banana-tits on them. Anyway, let's save the fuck out of this show. On an unrelated topic, what happened to the Bruce Willis Q and A? PG-13 -- My ass. See you in Hell.

  • June 9, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    You know, I really hope this isn't a new trend...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...though it looks like it's going to be. Sure, it was kind of amusing once, but to see this become 'the thing to do' upon tv show cancellation now just feels all kinds of wrong to me. I mean I'm no hippie, and I know how much it sucks when your fave tv show gets the axe, but all this effort and all this money spent and food wasted in a (likely) vain attempt to encourage the production of more corporate tv product, while more than three quarters of a billion people go hungry each and every day, well, like I say, it just seems all kind of wrong to me. And worse, most of these self same 'motivated' people have complete apathy about that particular fact and that particular problem. It really is a "as long as I got mine" world, isn't it? Depresses the fuck out of me personally, but such is life I guess. Anyway, carry on...

  • June 9, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Not a waste...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...don't understand the impulse behind it really, but I remember when I was a wee lad and they canceled Kolchak. I was sad for weeks. And CBS sent the nuts to shelters, so some folks are getting food out of it. Don't know about the candy bars, as nutritionally they're probably not in the same league as nuts. Maybe someone will cancel a show where sending steaks is appropriate. If I was homeless I would be rooting for that. But this seems like a relatively healthy way for people who liked a show to make their opinion known, and work together with some sort of sense of community, and that alone is a positive in a world that could use more of it. Would it be nice if there was more of this done for bigger and more profound causes? Sure. But better it be done for small and inconsequential ones than not at all. As for the shows, I liked them both some. I'll probably watch Jericho now that it's been exhumed, and if Veronica Mars ends up being reanimated in some form I'll probably give it a try. But I don't think I would have spent much time personally grieving their passing. That said, it sure would have been nice back in 70-whatever if a bunch of people had sent manual typewriters in to ABC to get Kolchak back on the air. Would have made one seven year old an awful lot happier. Good luck, folks.

  • June 9, 2007, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Let it die!

    by the_pissboy1

    I'm a die hard fan - I've purchased and sent about 10 copies of season 1 to friends over the past few years. I've told anyone who would listen: watch veronica mars. Well I'm done. Just like Arrested Development, I'm tired of pushing to keep things alive. Americans are fucking morons and they watch retarded things (dancing with the stars, american idl, CSI). As for VM...season 3 sucked my butthole and I don't think VM deserves my time after that horrible showing.

  • June 9, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Wow, AICN talkbacks...

    by jimmy rabbitte get everything from the recipes for Mars Bars, Snickers and Milky Ways to a lesson in the spelling of "challenging" and "testicles." <p> It's *that* type of witty and quality repartee that keep me coming back here on a daily basis. I wouldn't miss this for all the showings of Hostel 2 in the world.

  • June 9, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    If I send a bunch of Coke to NBC...

    by Bass Bastardson

    can I get them to bring back Max Headroom?

  • June 9, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    "three quarters of a billion people go hungry"

    by newc0253

    yes, but let's be honest: it's not like we're diverting a consignment of Mars Bars that was going to feed the hungry in the Sudan. Those people need development aid, not fucking candy.

  • June 9, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    I sent FOX my house to save House...

    by rosasaks

    Now I'm homeless but I still get to watch my favourite TV show through the shop window with the sound down so it's not so bad. I don't like what Hugh Laurie's done to the rose garden though and those curtains are disgusting. Perhaps I'll find some Mars Bars in the CW's trash can so I won't go hungry tonight...

  • June 9, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Dawn Ostroff should commission a show called DIAMONDS.

    by rosasaks

    I might be on to something here....

  • June 9, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST

    iTunes Charts

    by Scooter McGavin

    On the iTunes main page as well as the TV page, iTunes has a list of the top 10 best selling episodes and season passes. From there you can click a link that goes to a list of the top 100 of each. iTunes doesn't say what the list repersents (last day, week, month) but it is rumored that it reflectes the most bought items of the last 24 hours updated hourly. So if there is a mass by an episode of Veronica Mars day, it should be the 12th or 13th so it hopefully hits #1 before the 15th.

  • June 9, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    A couple lines from Wildmon's...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...text on why to boycott Target. "ATTENTION! Expect Target To Try To Confuse You. When you call Target, they will no doubt try to confuse you. You may be told their employees are free to greet people with a "Merry Christmas." You may be told that they support the Salvation Army. You may be told many things in order to confuse you. Therefore, ask this one simple basic question and don't allow them to confuse you. "Do you use the term 'Christmas' in your in-store promotions developed by Target (not products you have for sale) and do you include the term 'Christmas' in your retail advertising?" Target refuses to use "Christmas" in their in-store promotions or in their retail advertising. If you are told they do, you are being mislead." NOW, as far as I'm concerned anybody is free to boycott anybody. Part of what makes America so great. But to equate boycotting Target, not because they won't sell Christmas themed merchandise, or have banned the Salvation Army or have in any way told their employees to avoid referencing Christmas, but because they won't put the word in an ad in precisely the way you want with sending candy bars or some other such thing to support a show is...let's just say disingenuous. So why the hate, Anchorite? Just curious. Because while it's not particularly puzzling to me why people would try to stage some little harmless protest to save a show they like I can't quite figure out the mindset of the person who feels the need to dive in repeatedly with scorn-filled insults aimed at those folks. Just curious.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST

    UK Mars bars don't have almonds.

    by banditmania

    A completely different chocolate bar named Mars Bar was sold in the USA until 2000. It contained plain nougat, almonds, caramel, and milk chocolate. The American version (discontinued in 2002) is no longer sold anywhere, and has been replaced with the similar (but not identical) Snickers Almond.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST

    The thing is, the ratings won't get any better.

    by Freakemovie

    It's had 3 years of being a pretty well buzzed-about show and it still hasn't gained any viewership at all. None. I'd be open to them coming back if only because of my love for the first two seasons and my hope that they'd make it better than the third...but in no way do I see the ratings improving whatsoever. (Then again, this is the CW...they can settle with low ratings pretty easily.)

  • June 9, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST

    To save viewers of The Simple Life...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...I got Paris Hilton locked up in prison. You're welcome.

  • June 9, 2007, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by Man_of_Stool

    read on ...

  • June 9, 2007, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by Man_of_Stool

    that`s it

  • June 9, 2007, 4:37 p.m. CST

    that was bizarre. i might be stoned.

    by Man_of_Stool


  • June 9, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    We still got time...

  • June 9, 2007, 6:12 p.m. CST

    'Cholera's Ghost

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Sending my crate of doughnuts right now.

  • June 9, 2007, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Bell doesn't care to come back but won't say it.

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Why? Because she's always been a class act. But the fact is, her movie career appears to be steadily advancing, this year with Fanboys and next year. (And she was quite good in Pulse, though that movie was eh.) I agree with others: Let Veronica go. But don't worry: Kristen will flourish and be around. (And I predict Jason Dohring will move onto movies, too, successfully -- similar to the way Jared Leto moved on from My So-Called Life.)

  • June 9, 2007, 9:39 p.m. CST

    The count a/o 7PM ET: 1,920 Mars bars, 4,848 Snickers

    by Pennsy

    almond bars and 350 pounds of marshmallows, per the Scramble Network's blog. WOOT! :D

  • June 9, 2007, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by shoe1985

    I agree, but at least it gives people a hobby. An expensive hobby it seems each year, but it is better than going out and committing crimes. If people really want to save their favorite shows, watch them when they air on tv. This is how networks make money. Itunes is a good tool, but probably less than 200,000 people purchase an episode. It costs roughly that much or more to make the episode. Not much money is made, so what it when it first airs.

  • June 9, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Wow. That's $3,384 that could have fed homeless kids.

    by Darth Bauer

    If you count each candy bar as $.50/bar. People are so self-absorbed they would donate money to bring back a tv show than to donate money to a fucking charity. Shame on every one of you that bought a piece of candy for a tv show instead of trying to help your fellow man.

  • June 9, 2007, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Okay enough Condescending Bullshit

    by Jack_Moore

    Where do you think this candy will go after the CW receives it? Do you really think they'll just throw it in the cafeteria? I mean I know they aren't doing well, but my hunch is they will probably donate it themselves. Now, I don't care what happens with Veronica Mars. I don't watch it often. I don't plan on buying any candy. But who are you to decide that people should be ashamed of themselves for being passionate about something? How do you know these people aren't donating their money and/or time to other causes too? (Which I obviously think people should do, regardless of whether they also want to save a TV show) Honestly, I feel like if there is a piece of art that you feel so passionate about, you actually want to show financial support for it, then you should. And you should be able to do so without some prick, who doesn't even know you, telling you to feel shameful about it.

  • June 9, 2007, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Neilsen Sucks

    by The Pelti

    I'm kinda torn on whether I want VM back. I loved the first two seasons for the quality stories, the noir-style mysteries, and the background of social strife. Then they went to college and the CW ripped it all away. Hearst was boring, and what conflict there was was cliched at best. The lack of any focus on the characters we had come to love really hurt the shows quality. So were it to come back as season 3 style VM-Lite, or the FBI "The Inside" redux, I don't know how interested I'd be. I wish it could have made a difference if everyone here had gotten their friends to watch, but quite frankly, it wouldn't have mattered. I don't know any Neilsen families, and certainly their ranks do not include many apartment-dwelling 20-somethings like myself. So if sending a candy bar means that the network will realise I watch, I'm all for it. I never could get into Jericho, but I certainly respect that some people loved it, and that it did not deserve cancellation. And even though I don't Friday Night Lights, you wouldn't have to put a gun to my head to get me to watch it, which is more than I can say for most network tv.

  • June 9, 2007, 11:43 p.m. CST

    This is ME wondering if this show is any good??

    by Brians Life

    Hey friends...and enemies. Is Veronica Mars any good? Seriously wondering. Some have said to pick it up and some have said to pass. It's NEVER really peaked my interest, but I've yet to watch ANY of it. I felt the same about Buffy, and I'm a huge fan now...any thoughts?

  • June 9, 2007, 11:53 p.m. CST

    This is ME telling you it is that frakking good

    by SuperSweet

    I found the show quite by accident and am now one of the desperately crazed fans trying to save it. In any form. Check out Season 1 (the best season) on DVD.

  • June 10, 2007, 12:41 a.m. CST

    This is ME telling you I shipped a 24-pack of Mars bars

    by Darth Fabulous

    It is that frakking good.

  • June 10, 2007, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Which episode are we all going to buy from itunes?

    by Zardoz

    I was thinking it should be the season 3 finale, "The Bitch is Back". And what day should we all buy it on? The 14th? Cast your votes now...

  • June 10, 2007, 12:54 a.m. CST

    I want to be a TV exective

    by INWOsuxRED

    Delivery guy: Some people are mad you cancelled a show so they sent you a truck load of food, where do you want it?</br></br> Me: I don't want it, send it back. Tell them their stupid show is still cancelled and I'm still rich</br></br> Delivery guy:Okay.

  • June 10, 2007, 1:12 a.m. CST


    by genesis495

    Not sure if this was mentioned before but I figure the resurgance of support for this show can be accomplished by buying tons of tarot cards and shipping it to HBO's office, either that or we go around deconstructing every ferris wheel in the United States and then hire someone to reconstruct them outside HBO's office, while letting the people from homeless shelters ride them while eating mars bars and peanuts and the HBO execs sit around predicting the future of their network with the thousands of decks of tarot cards and not having any fun at all while the ferris wheels turn and turn. It is freaking brilliant.

  • June 10, 2007, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Seeing Veronica Mars in The FBI is worth all the effort

    by The Outlander

    It says a lot about Veronica Mars fans, that they are the only fans that have taken up the challenge that was thrown down by Jericho fans.

  • June 10, 2007, 1:27 a.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...real slow now, Anchie, read what Wildmon wrote. I quoted it up there but you can find it all over the internet yourself in case you don't trust me. In addition to showing the precise reason Wildmon boycotted Target, which I understand if you would rather breeze by, it also shows that the right reverend doesn't know the difference between misled and mislead. Now I wouldn't buy a candy bar to send to the CW, but at least these folks are passionate and honest. I don't think they need any advice from you. Good luck again folks. Hope you save your show.

  • June 10, 2007, 1:33 a.m. CST

    My plan to renew Firefly has hit a snag...

    by sith-vol

    ...I have collected over 80,000 fireflies to send to FOX, but they all died because I forgot to poke holes in the lid....

  • June 10, 2007, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Ummm...and Apostle?

    by Red Ned Lynch

    What exactly caused the publicity surrounding Jericho? I mean as opposed to the twenty some other shows that got canceled this year? Oh yeah, it would have been reports on...all those peanuts fans sent. Now there are plenty of reasons to believe that this trick won't work twice in the same summer, especially with the ratings for this show and the dying down of the critical buzz during its last season. But to say CBS renewed Jericho because of the publicity, which was caused by the thing you say didn't matter is just...well, not very smart. But I realize that your desire is to beat up on a lot of folks who just want to see more of this show they like by engaging in the world bettering activity of calling them names and engaging in some strange, illogical rictus. Now I wonder, on the cosmic scales, which is a better activity? Theirs? Or yours?

  • June 10, 2007, 1:45 a.m. CST

    What do I send to _stop_ the HD-DVD pitches?

    by The Selecter

    Really. I count myself as a VM fan, but it had more than a fair shot -- 3 full years with pitiful ratings.<br><br>The FBI thing could be entertaining, but there's always the chance it could suck and have little of the charm with a much different cast. If anything, I'd rather they just give it another 4-6 eps, with a mini arc and a fitting finale that the dumbass Rob Thomas was too stupid or stubborn to write for what will probably be the last episode, that of S3.

  • June 10, 2007, 2:08 a.m. CST

    sith-vol, I had a similiar idea..

    by Boondock Devil

    I was just worried the authorites wouldn't be too understanding about sending naked girls in storage boxes.

  • June 10, 2007, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Why not...sell shares for 20 episodes or 20?

    by the_pissboy1

    Bear with me. They say VM has 2 million fans. If 2 million people went to a warners/veronica mars website and paid $20 upfront, the network would have $40 million to produce an entire season of VM. When the episodes are completed, they're released via DL to the initial buyers. Then the episode a week later is put on iTunes at the normal $1.99 an episode. If they can't collect $20 for 20 episodes from 2 million people, then the show slips away. This could be a paradigm shift. Establish a show and then just pre-sell the show to viewers - bypassing network TV. I've spent well over $200 giving away season 1 and seaosn 2 VM boxsets the past few years. Sending in $40 for myself and my fiancee seems like a SMALL price to pay. We tivo about 5 shows total and if I had my choice of paying $100 a year for those 5 shows or 1000 a year for cable/satellite...the choice is easy. If VM's fans are serious, then $20 for another season is no big deal...

  • June 10, 2007, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Save Daybreak

    by ElPaw

    Send bottled dawn sunshine to ABC corporation.

  • June 10, 2007, 7:19 a.m. CST


    by shoe1985

    You said people need to get a life that support these shows, maybe you should do the same instead of being on a message board all the time. They are doing the same, but meeting people just like them who enjoy the same things. Why do you even care what they do, how does it affect you? I am not a VM fan, but I won't diss someone's efforts for something they like. Imagine if they were to close up the movie business, I bet TheApostle would be one of the first people pushing for it to come back. Or if another business were to close that you love, you would probably fight for it. At the end of the day it is a tv show, but these people could be doing so much more worse things with their time. Leave them alone.

  • June 10, 2007, 8:26 a.m. CST

    When and Qhat to Buy on iTunes

    by Scooter McGavin announced that the iTunes-athon (their term not mine) will be The Bitch Is Back on Tuesday.

  • June 10, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    I'd happily pay a premium of $10 to watch Veronica Mars

    by newc0253

    so how is paying $10 to ship some candy to a network in order to try and save the show any different? Simply because it involves foodstuffs? Some talkbackers seem to confuse the campaign to save VM because we're not all spending our $10 on Christian Aid instead. But presumably those same talkbackers wouldn't have any problem if I chose to pay $10 to my cable company for an extra couple of channels of NFL or HBO or porn (mmm ... porn). Really, what's the difference? VM's a show i'd happily pay to watch so i feel no guilt in paying to try & keep it on air.

  • June 10, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST

    The Apostle wins deuchebag of the day

    by Eyegore

    Congrats. Your arguments are lame and retarded. You embarass yourself to the world. Was that your goal? Why don't you go buy a burger for a homeless guy and maybe you will feel better.

  • June 10, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch are right about one thing. Stupidity DOES affect you. And CBS canceled the show. They received peanuts and other forms of entreaty to bring it back. According to you they liked the publicity. The publicity had to have come from those entreaties. They brought the show back. Reading comprehension? Well, of course, there's nothing wrong with mine, the meaning of your earlier post simply put you in the stupidly self-contradictory spot you ended up in. But if that chain of logic I just charted out is somehow incorrect, pray tell me, angry one, what DID make them renew it? This should be good.

  • June 10, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    My thoughts on pre-paying for shows...

    by DanielKurland

    I think it's a good idea. It'd also be a clear indication of when a show had gone downhill, because if the fans stopped paying money for it, something would clearly be wrong with the show. It would also demonstrate which shows are actually good vs. thought to be good, because they're popular. For example, when the last episode of Friends aired, if you just happened to come across it on TV, you might watch it out of curiosity, however, if you had to pay 5 dollars to watch it, you wouldn't, and then the show may not air.

  • June 10, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    "Give the studios what they want - money"

    by newc0253

    if there were a business model that existed to *directly fund* a particular show, then sure - that would be the most effective use of money to save Veronica Mars. But the idea of just sending the CW envelopes of cash right now in June 2007? *That's* the truly fucking retarded idea. Because sending CW execs a gazillion tons of candy is an excellent symbolic guesture - just as sending CBS execs a gazillion tons of nuts was. It's not like they can use the candy to fund Hidden Palms. But if all Veronica Mars fans do is send CW execs money, then that's exactly what they'd do - either that or pocket the cash themselves and use it as a downpayment towards their next corporate toy. So, for a guy who proclaims he's the voice of common sense, Anchorite is actually the dumbest tool of them all: because he's the guy who'd mail money to a complete stranger and expect them to use it honestly.

  • June 10, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    "Why don't you guys donate this $ to charity?"

    by darthuser

    Why? Is that how they got "Jericho" renewed? <br><br>Dipshit.

  • June 10, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Give SMARTER THAN A FIFTH grader's production budget ..

    by darthuser

    ... to build a bunch of houses for the homeless. <br><br>my $20 is going for Mars Bars.

  • June 10, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Hey Yackbacker.

    by splungiest

    You should cancel your cable TV and give all the money you would have spent on cable to the homeless. Then you should sell your computer and give the proceeds to the homeless. Unless you think having a computer and cable is more important than helping the homeless.

  • June 10, 2007, 1:14 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    Jericho was canceled by CBS. No mention of any wrap-up, any continuance, any conclusion. The fans of the show staged a huge drive to save the show. CBS tried to fob them off with vague promises of a wrapping up of the show in some form. The fans of the show continued to demonstrate their support of it, actually ratcheting up the intensity of the campaign. CBS decided to give the show another chance. Or, as YOU said yourself, they liked the publicity. Hey, there wouldn't have been any publicity to speak of if not for the campaign the fans of Jericho staged to save the show. Now if you wish you may continue to wriggle on the hook. Kind of fun to watch, really.

  • June 10, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST

    They should have sent tampons

    by PervOmatic

    Because the fans are all crying like a girl getting her first period. Wah, wah, wah...your shitty show is being cancelled. Cry like a bitch.

  • June 10, 2007, 7:51 p.m. CST

    nobody is talking about a bribe...

    by the_pissboy1

    We're talking about a simple idea that is now possible: Pre-pay for a year of a show. If the production budget on a 1 hour TV show is $2 million an episode then a producer (not a network) needs at least $44 million guaranteed to schedule the show for production. Essentially, the producer makes a show Show X available for pre-pay. At $20 per person, you'd need around 2.2 million people to visit a site and provide a paypal/credit card. Give them 60 days to collect it all. If the money isn't fully collected by then, the site repays everyone. If the number is met, the show goes into production. Eventually, all the contributors get a link to download each episode (the episodes will go on iTunes too so others can download them at $2.00 an episode too). Why is this such an awful idea?

  • June 11, 2007, 3:19 a.m. CST

    It's the signal. You can't stop the signal.

    by newc0253

    suck it, anchorite.

  • June 11, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Live free or die offscreen

    by Marco Polo

    Great moment. The Hobbit gets the bash.

  • June 11, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    pissboy: I don't think that many people would pay

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Getting 2 million people to pay $20 wouldn't be easy. It's difficult enough for the music industry to get 100,000 people to buy a CD. The more realistic avenue would be to gather enough money to fund the production of 6 episodes per year/season.

  • June 11, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    prof. pop - I'd be for that even!

    by the_pissboy1

    I know we'd gladly pay money to see more VM. I can't say that about any other show on television.

  • June 11, 2007, 3 p.m. CST

    The continued Wal-marting of America.

    by Mister Man

    Anchorite, you said it all already. Twerps, didn't your mommy teach you not to copy other people's ideas? The concept was humorous ONCE, but now comes across as idiotic, and lame-ass. Buy the damn products of the sponsors, if anything.