Character Sound Off: Stosh “Piz” Piznarski Edition
Love him or hate him, it’s still time for us to talk about Piz and we want to hear it all. Give us your thoughts, meta, fanfic, artwork, and questions. It’s (almost) all-Piz for the next three days so make it count.
Was Piz a fully realized character? Or did Rob Thomas not spend a lot of time developing the character because he was only there to create the ubiquitous love triangle common on CW shows?
If you hate Piz, what would have made him more likable for you? What could he have done or said to win you over? Alternately, if you love Piz, what about the character endeared him to you? Was it actually the character or the fact that he was portrayed by Chris Lowell?
Did Piz have anything in common with Veronica? Could they have been a realistic relationship? Would he ever be able to understand what made Veronica tick?
Was Veronica only dating Piz because she felt she SHOULD date a normal, nice guy or did she really care about him?
Did you ever suspect Piz of having a dark side? Possibly think he was the Hearst rapist?
How did you feel about Piz trying to “poach” another guy’s girlfriend? Despicable? Or, all’s fair in love and war?
When Logan comes looking for Veronica in Of Vice and Men, and talks to Piz in his dorm room, do you think Piz intentionally tried to make Logan believe there was more going on between him and Veronica than there was? Did Piz know where Veronica was and lie about it to keep Logan from finding her?
Was Piz really innocent in the videotaping of Veronica incident? The camera did look to be focused on his bed so was is it possible that he was tapped to be a member of The Castle?
Would Piz have “fit better” with the world of Neptune if he WAS a bad guy?
Did Piz finish his college years at Hearst or did he transfer schools? Do you think he stayed in New York after his internship at Pitchfork? Maybe attending NYU?
How do you think Piz and Veronica reconnected? Did they just happen to run into each other on the streets of Manhattan or did Wallace play a part in their reunion?
With the Gilmore Girls revival behind us, it’s time to reopen our investigation into a second Veronica Mars reunion project.
Over the summer, leading lady Kristen Bell confirmed our initial scoop that she and series creator Rob Thomas are eyeing a limited-series format vs. a fan-funded feature film this time around, telling me at Comic-Con, “We are definitely striving to do it again… And this time around we’re not going to ask the audience to pony up for anything.”
At the Television Critics Association winter press tour last week, Thomas — who was promoting iZombie Season 3 — revealed that the potential continuation would consist of a half-dozen hour-long episodes. “Kristen and I both want to figure out some way we could do a six-episode Veronica Mars mystery,” he shared. “If I were a betting man, I bet that it will happen. I just don’t know when it will be.”
Two likely complications/obstacles: Bell’s commitment to NBC’s The Good Place and Thomas’ in-the-works Lost Boys remake for The CW. “We need to find a window where we could both do it,” he explained. “When actors are on network shows, most standard contracts will give them outs for, like, one episode a year of guest-starring. But then there are also sometimes outs if you’re doing something that is non-competitive. Would NBC consider a Veronica Mars thing on, like, Netflix non-competitive? We have not figured that out yet.
“I always got the feeling that Piz thought of himself as the protagonist in his own quirky rom com/ coming of age story and, after seeing that his roommate’s friend with the interesting “hobby” was hot, he cast her as his manic pixie dream girl with an appropriately troubled backstory (and all the sexist tropes that entails) without really bothering to understand who she actually was, or really who anyone around him actually was. Even 10 years later, he apparently describes Veronica as a “creature” who’s too good for him, but seems passive-aggressively embarrassed about everything she actually does or says from her ambition and drive to her sense of humor and has paid so little attention to her dislike of Neptune (or the town he lived in for 4 years in general) that he expects good times and Kylie Minogue at the reunion.”
The CW president, Mark Pedowitz, announced CW Seed, the net’s digital programming site, will be home to a spinoff of the cult-hit TV show that’s being revived as a film in March.
“Rob [Thomas] and I spoke last night, he’s very excited he’s doing it for CW seed,” Pedowitz told members of the press at the 2014 TCA press tour. “It may not appear before the movie comes out. He’s very busy, but we’re very excited. I don’t have a lot of details yet.”
Pedowitz said it all came about “by circumstance.”
“I first heard about it from Warner Bros. digital people,” he said. “I picked up the phone and called Rob. He happened to be in Vegas…He told me about his schedule, and I said, we’ll take it whenever you’re ready. So we left it at that.”
No concept is locked in, Pedowitz said. But the two discussed potential people that could be invovled and stressed nothing was set.
Veronica Mars ran for three seasons across UPN and The CW from 2004-2007. There was chatter of a movie continuation for some time after the show ended its run, but nothing came about until Thomas, the show’s creator, announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund the movie. The campaign was a success—it raised more than $5 million—and the movie is scheduled to hit select AMC theaters nationwide on Friday, March 14.
Thomas is also working on a book series continuation of the adventures of America’s favorite sassy private eye. The books pick up after the events of the film. In the movie, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) returns to her hometown to help clear her ex-boyfriend’s (Jason Dohring) name of murder charges. It also happens to be her 10-year high school reunion.