The Next Novel, The Teen Choice Awards... Plus, Our Live Event to Help Reading Rainbow!
Once again, it’s been a while between updates. I know that it’s been a while because, since the last update, we found out that iZOMBIE was picked up as a midseason show on the CW, we staffed up the show, and we assembled a writers room which started work last week.
So, yes, a lot has been happening.
Believe it or not, we do still have another update or two to share with you after this one, but today, I just wanted to share three quick updates.
Keep reading for details about our nominations in the Teen Choice Awards, a few hints about the next Veronica Mars novel, and a new chance to see Kristen, Jason and Enrico live in Los Angeles, while helping a worthwhile cause.
1. More Voting: The 2014 Teen Choice Awards!
I’ve never been to the Teen Choice Awards, but I’m told that in some circles, they are more important than the Oscars. I suspect those are teenage circles, but as they say, “It’s an honor just to be nominated.”
And this year, we've been nominated for the Teen Choice Awards in three categories:
- Veronica Mars for Best Movie (Drama)
- Kristen Bell for Best Actress (Drama)
- Jason Dohring for Best Actor (Drama)
Just like the Oscars, you can vote once per day until August 10, when the award show will be broadcast on FOX. So if you miss helping us upset the odds and win awards, vote now!
2. Veronica Mars Returns in… Mr. Kiss-And-Tell.
After the first Veronica Mars novel — The Thousand Dollar Tan Line — was released, a lot of you wrote to share your thoughts. And since the book managed to hit #2 on The New York Times Bestseller List for trade paperbacks, there were a lot of thoughts. Most of them were positive and enthusiastic.
However, we also received a number of letters that went something like this:
“WHY WASN’T THERE MORE LOGAN?!?!?”
If you fell into that camp, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can expect a lot more Logan in Mr. Kiss-And-Tell, the follow up novel, which we’re on schedule to release late this year. It will take place a few months after the events of The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. And for those of you wondering about some of the unanswered questions raised in the movie — Who was responsible for *****’s murder? Who planted a gun on ******? — the book will also return to those questions.
You can find the full “official” description of the book on Amazon, where Mr. Kiss-And-Tell is available for preorder, and as we get closer to release, I’ll do my best to get an excerpt for you. Unless you’re tired of Veronica Mars.
In which case, you’re probably not reading these updates anymore.
3. Another chance to hang out with our cast.
Finally, if you’ve been on Kickstarter over the past month — or reading the news — you might be aware of LeVar Burton’s campaign to bring back Reading Rainbow, the long-time PBS program dedicated to helping children develop a love of reading.
Just over a year ago, during our own campaign, we set Kickstarter’s All-Time Record for Most Backers, when 91,585 of you came together to help bring Veronica back. This morning, we’re pleased to pass that title to Reading Rainbow, which has passed our record, and still has two more days to go.
In fact, we believe their mission — to bring Reading Rainbow to underfunded classrooms — is so important that we’re going to do more than just congratulate them. In their final 48 hours, we’d like to help them go farther.
That’s why we’ve decided to contribute a new reward to their Kickstarter campaign: next spring, Kristen, Enrico and Jason will join LeVar Burton for a live benefit event in Los Angeles called Reading Rainbow Live.
I don’t know all of the specifics, but I do know that Kristen, Enrico and Jason will be reading children’s books to a small crowd of children and their parents. I also know that all three of them are great narrators. (In fact, you’d never know it, but Kristen does great voices. One of these days, she’ll end up as a Disney princess and we’ll never be able to afford her again.)
If you’d like to attend this one-time-only event with Kristen, Enrico, Jason and LeVar, you can get tickets now.
Even if you can’t afford the tickets, I’d still encourage you to check out their campaign, and to pledge if you can. Besides: even if you just give $1, you’ll still be able to say that you’re a backer of the two most-backed projects on Kickstarter.
Plus, the Reading Rainbow team will be GIVING AWAY 5 SETS OF TICKETS to the live event, and any Veronica Mars backer who also pledges to support Reading Rainbow — even for $1 — will be included for a chance to win.
You’ve only got until this Wednesday, July 2, at 12PM PDT.
That's all for today, but remember: we’re not done just yet.
Look for another update or two in July, gang.