'Veronica Mars' may end up having more in common with 'Star Trek' and '24' than with 'The O.C.' and 'Beverly Hills 90210' next fall if Rob Thomas' revamp is approved for the series' fourth season.
Thomas plans on jumping ahead a few years in Veronica's timeline so that she'll now be either at the FBI academy in Quantico, or an actual FBI agent (hopefully back in the Neptune, Ca., area so that we can keep at least the dynamic with her father if not the rest of her supporting cast of characters).
This shouldn't disqualify her from still living in the main Toobworld, but it will limit the number of topical pop culture references. Actually, it should limit most of those since you never know if the person you're referring to has died, or who's now in the White House, etc.
And limiting the pop culture references is a good thing for Toobworld, because that would cut down on the number of Zonks!
Now it's just a matter of getting the show picked up at all for that fourth season....