‘Veronica Mars’ Revival: Everything We Just Learned

Kristen Bell and Kyle Gallner in the dark

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It’s happening again. Yet another beloved TV show is returning from the dead for new episodes; this time, Veronica Mars is reportedly coming back on Hulu.

So what do we know about this upcoming revival? How many episodes will it consist of? And who’s coming back? Here’s what we know so far.

It’s going to be an eight-episode limited series

Each season of Veronica Mars‘ original run consisted of over 20 episodes, but the revival isn’t going to come close to that length. According to Deadline, Hulu has ordered eight new episodes.

This is also being described as a “limited series” rather than a fourth season, so it’s unclear whether Hulu might be interested in more Veronica Mars after that or whether this is a one-time deal. This is something that will likely depend on how well these eight episodes perform.

Kristen Bell is back

Naturally, Kristen Bell is back in the lead role for the revival.

Fans weren’t sure that any new Veronica Mars could even happen while Bell was still starring on NBC’s The Good Place, but Deadline reports that it won’t interfere with her schedule filming the Ted Danson comedy, which enters its third season next month.

Creator Rob Thomas is back as well

Just as crucial as Bell’s return is creator Rob Thomas’, but luckily, he’s on board as well; Deadline reports he is shepherding the project.

Other cast members are in early conversations to return

Deadline reports that there are early conversations about bringing back other cast members. But so far, Bell herself is the only person who is definitely set to return.

It doesn’t yet have a release date

This Veronica Mars revival doesn’t yet have a release date, but we probably shouldn’t expect it until late 2019 at the very earliest.

After all, the series hasn’t even been officially announced yet, so all of the deals need to be worked out. This is all very early, and a 2019 or potentially 2020 release seems likely.

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Bell and Thomas had previously discussed a revival

The fact that Veronica Mars is coming back isn’t a complete shock. In fact, we put it on our list of TV shows that would likely get a revival next, mainly because Bell and Thomas have talked constantly about their desire to do more.

The last installment in the franchise was the 2014 film Veronica Mars, a continuation of the canceled series that was funded partially through Kickstarter. Afterward, Bell and Thomas discussed the fact that they wanted to continue the series but bring it back to TV and not make fans fund it.

In fact, they came very close to bringing it back in 2017, with TV Line reporting in January of that year that Netflix was in discussions to bring it back for six episodes. That didn’t end up happening, but Thomas said at the time that he would bet we’ll see something like that soon.

“Kristen and I both want to figure out some way we could do a six-episode Veronica Mars mystery,” Thomas said. “If I were a betting man, I bet that it will happen. I just don’t know when it will be.”