The third and final season of Veronica Mars, an American drama television series created by Rob Thomas, began airing on The CW Television Network in the United States on October 3, 2006. The season was produced by Warner Bros. Television, Silver Pictures Television, Stu Segall Productions, Inc and Rob Thomas Productions, and Joel Silver, Diane Ruggiero and Thomas served as executive producers. The third season comprises 20 episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 22, 2007.
The season continues the story of Veronica Mars, now a freshman studying at Hearst College while moonlighting as a private investigator under the wing of her detective father. The first mystery is established when her friend Parker Lee becomes the latest victim of the Hearst serial rapist in a storyline begun in a second-season episode. Feeling guilty for not helping her, Veronica sets herself to catching the rapist. The next mystery, a murder, commences in the same episode that the identity of the rapist is discovered.
To increase viewership, the third season format was changed to include two separate mysteries that would be introduced and resolved in a series of non-overlapping story arcs. Three of the regulars in the second season were written out of the series, two new characters were introduced and two others were upgraded from recurring roles. The third season received generally mixed critical reviews compared to previous seasons; at least one reviewer expressed disappointment with the series finale, mainly because it did not provide closure for the storylines and characters.
Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) stars as Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 18-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the mysteries of the wealthy, seaside California community of Neptune. This season, Veronica becomes embroiled in another mystery that hits even closer to home. She also deals with her increasingly complicated romantic life and a new school year.
Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) stars as the title character in this film noir-ish series. High school student by day in the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, by night, Veronica is a fearless private investigator intent on uncovering the town's toughest mysteries.