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25 September 2006 @ 08:55 pm
VM Teleconference Highlights  
spectralbovine is such a show-off. Oh, did you read my e-mail? Sheesh. ;)

Hey, maxymama just asked the same question she commented about in my previous post about reactions to the premiere episode. Good question! :)

So the VM Teleconference with Rob Thomas and Tina Majorini just ended. A good time was had by all.

I don't have time to type up a verbatim transcript right now, but here are some highlights. Tina's answers were a little hard to hear at times because she was calling in from her house and there was some feedback at times. (Rob was at the VM writers' office and was a lot louder and clearer.)

Tina likes the way the friendship between Veronica and Mac is portrayed. Butters is still at Neptune High and will probably not be around at Hearst. Mac probably wouldn't have anything to do with him anyway because she finds him "strange" and "annoying." [laughs] (Although Tina likes the actor and enjoyed working with him, blahblah.)

Rob was asked if he had learned anything from the fans' negative reaction to Jackie last season, and if that would affect the introduction of any new character this season. He said that he didn't think so (maybe unconsciously), but one thing he learned from the Hannah storyline is that anyone who comes between Veronica and Logan in any way is going to get "hammered" by fans. He knows this. Very well. He liked the actress who played Hannah and thought fans were a bit harsh with her because her character dared to come between V/L. (Paraphrasing here.) But he knows that and is prepared for it.

Rob would not reveal any details of the second and third mysteries, other than to say that he was influenced by Steven Soderbergh's Bubble in the way that he would be "setting up" or "leading up" to one of the mysteries.

Rob isn't worried about any "pitfalls" of moving V to college because VM really isn't a "coming of age" story that focuses on life in high school. It's a detective show. Moving her to college actually opens her up to a lot more possibilties for plots and storylines that wouldn't have worked if she were still in h.s.

Rob thought the old credits had to be changed, because they were so h.s. oriented with the notebook paper and doodles. They wouldn't work anymore and he never liked them much anyway. He wanted something more noir looking.

The rest of the answers are either spoilery or have been covered in other recent interviews (the first episode will be heavy on the banter to appeal to GG fans -- although RT has never seen it because his wife tells him it's a little "girly" for him, future guest stars, potential future guest stars and/or crossovers, Tina will still have a recurring role on Big Love, etc.)

I'm sure that someone will have a transcript posted soon. (Maybe Rob's BFF spectralbovine, who asked about the new credit sequence.)

ETA: spectralbovine's recap is up, and here is another one from the tvaddict (which is also a recap, not an actual transcript).

Annaathenacqd on September 26th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
I'm so insanely jealous of all you blogger invite people. Grrrrr.
Magnoliamagnolia888 on September 26th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
You didn't get invited? Grrr. You should have e-mailed me. I thought for sure you were on the mailing list now.
Annaathenacqd on September 26th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
Nope. I'm not on the cool kids list. I'm the new Tara Reid. :)

Magnolia: vlmagnolia888 on September 26th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Please. You are way cooler than me. I would have tried to get you an invite if I knew you didn't have one.

I wasn't even sure I was going to be able to participate until the last minute, so I would have been happy to give up my place for you if you'd asked. I didn't even ask anything b/c I had other stuff going on. I'm sorry. :(
Annaathenacqd on September 26th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
oh no! It's so fine! You've given me enough breaks already. For real. Don't even worry about it!
spadada on September 26th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
Aww. I must be Tara's cool friend Jessica Simpson!
Polter-Cow: Rob loves mespectralbovine on September 26th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)

Wait, which question was maxymama?
Magnolia: vlmagnolia888 on September 26th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
She asked about the lighting in the premiere and if it was a deliberate change to lighten things up. At least I think it was her, because she just said the same thing on my last post about the first episode.
spadada on September 26th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
I wish I wasn't mad that I wasn't invited to this, but I am.
Lauraschnappycat on September 26th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
You should just email Sienna and ask. That's how I originally got on the list. Seriously. You deserve it more than I do. Although I couldn't make tonight's OPC, but I hope to do the next one.
spadada on September 26th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I did. I am on the list now. But I want Anna to be on it too--since she is the other half of my brain--but I am not in a position to say, "Oh, and could you also add..." Hopefully Anna will email her too.
Lauraschnappycat on September 26th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, she should. And I'd be happy to give up my spot to her, since again, more deserving. I feel bad I am on the list.
spadada on September 26th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
Silly. Don't feel bad!
Magnolia: vm1magnolia888 on September 26th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
But I want Anna to be on it too--since she is the other half of my brain

Anna can't be the other half of your brain because she and I share one. Really, it's starting to freak me out.
Gaby: Wispy Macsquaringkarma on September 26th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
I was stumbling my way through it, OMG. *is a dork* Gaby's face, meet Gaby's palm.
Magnoliamagnolia888 on September 26th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
Was that you? I think I wrote you down as "deepgirl" and wondered who that was. Heh.
Polter-Cowspectralbovine on September 26th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)

Gabysquaringkarma on September 26th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
Heh, I hate when people do that. Bepper, not Beeper.
Gabysquaringkarma on September 26th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
Yeah it was me.
Polter-Cow: Veronica = marshmallowspectralbovine on September 26th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
I didn't bother taking notes to transcribe. Someone else can do that. I've got a lot to write about tonight as it is!
Magnoliamagnolia888 on September 26th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
I just mentioned you so I would have another chance to mock your exalted BNF status.
Seanethanvahlere on September 26th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
You did a yeoman job recapping this.

Bubble, huh? Interesting (although I've seen the movie, and while I liked it, it didn't grab me, and I'm a Soderbergh fan).
Magnolia: vm1magnolia888 on September 26th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
I didn't see it, and didn't really get what Rob was talking about.

But he was very clear that it wasn't the plot or substance he was copying, but there was something about the *structure* that he liked and was trying to emulate in VM. Something about how one mystery "led up to" another. Or something. If you've seen it, maybe that would make more sense to you.

(Yeoman job? That means not-so-good, right? Heh. I wish I had time to do a transcript, but I knew someone else would get it up pretty fast before I had a chance.)
feonacytyson12 on February 11th, 2013 06:14 am (UTC)
Really advisory and effective assemblage.
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