Veronica Mars Season 4 is available to stream today, arriving earlier than anticipated. It's been ten years since the teenage private investigator graced our TV screens, and five since she hit theaters. Not surprisingly, Hulu promised to revive the cult classic. And boy, did they deliver. The fans at San Diego Comic-Con enjoyed a panel discussion with cast and creators of the UPN-turned-CW show today. While there, star Kristen Bell (The Good Place) announced that the release of the new 8-episode season would be moved up...to now. Speaking to the crowd, she said this.
"Hulu has not gotten me a birthday gift yet... are there executives here? Can we just put it on right now? That's what I want for my birthday. I want it on the internet right now for my birthday, Hulu."
The moderator at Comic-Con then announced confirmation that Hulu released all episodes a week early. Rob Thomas's Veronica Mars debuted on UPN in 2004, and surprised us with its heavy content surrounded by teen-drama and rising stars. The original seasons star Kristen Bell as the daughter of a shunned private investigator. She uses her wit and expertise to investigate cases in her own way. Although its run only lasted three years, it garners a powerful fanbase of "Marshmallows" that sparked a Kickstarter campaign resulting in a theatrical film in 2014. Now, the Veronica Mars fervor has ridden the wave of recent revivals all the way to Hulu.
The official trailer gave us our first look at the series with private investigator, Veronica Mars, played by Kristen Bell, living peacefully in Neptune, California. That is, until a series of targeted bombings hit the very lucrative spring break celebration. It seems we can expect serial killers, scrambling investigations, relationship troubles, strip clubs, shifty JK Simmons (Whiplash) and quippy Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio, Secret Life of Pets 2) in the upcoming season.
Bell returns to star and executive produce after receiving success and accolades for her roles in Disney's Frozen and NBC's The Good Place. She and her fellow Producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright joined stars Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra, and Percy Daggs III in San Diego to discuss the upcoming season. They promise a more mature show. Bell had this to say about to the season to Entertainment Weekly.
"It's gonna be a much darker world, it's going to be a bigger world, it's definitely not what we did on UPN or The CW, so I want to brace fans for that, that it's going to be darker and bigger and more cinematic, a little bit different."
Though after the daring "Beaver" Casablancas (Kyle Gallner) and Woody Goodman (Steve Guttenberg) storylines of the early seasons, the edgy, noir tone should come as no surprise. Watch the season 4 premier on Hulu, and continue to follow us for all your SDCC coverage. Watch Kristen Bell announce the good news on the official Veronica Mars Twitter. The interview with Kristen Bell was originally conducted by Entertainment Weekly