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The Internet Screams ‘Bring Back Veronica Mars‘ and the Public Listens

Confession: we’ve never seen Veronica Mars. Hell, we’ve never even seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so maybe we missed out on a few things. That said, we love the concept of the DIY “bring back our show” campaign. It’s no longer a joke: the makers and fans of beloved-but-low-rated shows like Arrested Development, Community and Party Down used word of mouth and the might of the Internet to give their projects second lives. (The last two are still a little iffy, but you get the point.) And in case anyone wasn’t aware, FOX cancelled Seth MacFarlane‘s shameless Simpsons ripoff Family Guy not once but twice before Adult Swim and the trusty Internet brought it back.

The PR message? Compelling content will always have an audience–the challenge is finding those fans, engaging them and driving them to take action.

Now tools like Kickstarter have made the DIY fundraising process easier than ever. Some enterprising guy (who we’ve been is show creator Rob Thomas, duh) decided to use the site/app/etc. to start a “let’s make a movie” campaign, and the numbers tell a very encouraging story: total backers rose by more than 2,000 in the time it took us to write this post! Forbes predicts that the sure-to-be-upcoming feature will be the first film funded entirely by Kickstarter, and we have to agree.

Here’s the video if you’re interested:

No, this isn’t professional PR, but it is a cool idea. And imagine what a campaign like this one could do with a few PR pros at the helm!

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Can a New Programming Chief Save MTV?

We told you earlier this week why music videos are no longer MTV‘s cup of tea (reality shows are king, iTunes and Pandora rule the music world, you’re old, etc.), but now it seems the network that once supplied a generation with its soundtrack is struggling against falling ratings. So far this season, ratings are down roughly 30%, causing some concern for parent company Viacom. To make matters worse, MTV is about to lose its grossly (emphasis on the gross) popular series Jersey Shore.

While Viacom’s earnings were up 13%, revenue was down 17% for the July-September period–and domestic ad revenue declined 6%. During a conference call with analysts to discuss the issue, Wells Fargo media analyst Marci Ryvicker said, “There is a fear out there that MTV is broken.” Philippe Dauman, Viacom’s chief executive, immediately came to the network’s defense: “It is not broken…MTV is very healthy. Indeed, we have a great development pipeline and we have just added one of the major talents in our business in addressing young audience in Susanne Daniels.”

Daniels, who was hired this week as the network’s programming chief, earned her stripes at the WB network over a decade ago by championing shows like Dawson’s Creek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seems MTV hopes she’s still got an eye for what appeals to America’s youth–and that she can breathe new life into the slumping network’s programming lineup. “She will bring with her some additional talent who will bring to bear more development in the reality and scripted area. We have a good pipeline and this will turbo-charge it”, Dauman said of his new hire.

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Joss Whedon: A Vote for Romney is a Vote for the Zombie Apocalypse

Celebrity endorsements are par for the course during election season, and they generally tout the usual things about a famous person’s favorite candidate: that he or she will improve the economy, uphold social values, bring stability and security to the country, etc. But Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, takes his anti-Romney video in an entirely different direction. While he disagrees with Romney’s policy proposals, the real reason he doesn’t want Romney in the White House is that he’d rather not see the country (and the world at large) dissolve into the chaos and bloodshed of a zombie apocalypse.

How exactly does Whedon, a self-described Liberal, envision a Romney White House enabling hordes of the undead to wreak havoc on the country? Here’s how he sees it: “Romney is ready to make the deep rollbacks to healthcare, education, social services, reproductive rights that will guarantee poverty, unemployment, overpopulation, disease, rioting — all crucial elements in creating a nightmare zombie wasteland.”

In an apparent dig at Romney’s affluence, Whedon goes on to point out that “money is only so much paper to the undead. The one percent will no longer be the very rich; it will be the very fast.” But he does assure us that Romney is ready to “face a ravening, grasping horde of subhumans, because that’s how he sees poor people already.” Well, that’s a new take on Romney’s unfortunate 47 percent comment, isn’t it?

With only one more day before the election, we imagine Joss Whedon would urge you to watch the below video and consider the real issues at hand — not the economy or social values, but whether you have enough canned goods, weapons, and martial arts training to withstand the (potentially) impending zombie uprising.