DETROIT — Kristen Bell is finding it tough to let go of Veronica Mars, the wisecracking teenage TV sleuth she portrayed for three seasons.
Asked what she would miss most about the character, Bell didn't hesitate: "Other than everything?”
"It feels sort of like graduating high school. You really only recognize how special it was once it's gone away,” Bell said in a recent phone interview.
"And of course, everyone graduates from different jobs then they move on, but I don't know I'll find as special a show ever again,” the actress, 26, said. "I think I'm only truly realizing that now.”
The show, which was ratings-challenged but a cult hit, was canceled May 17. Bell, though, hasn't given up all hope just yet.
The network, she said, has until Friday to tell the show's producers whether it might be brought back as a midseason replacement.
CW spokesman Jeff Tobler confirmed the June 15 deadline.
Even if "Veronica Mars” doesn't make it back onto the small screen, Bell says she would be happy to reprise her role in a feature film.
"I'm game. I would work for (‘Veronica' creator) Rob Thomas again in a heartbeat,” she said. "Not just because of his brilliance, but because he's a great guy.”
Critics loved "Veronica Mars” from the get-go, praising Bell's whipsmart heroine, the show's take on high school politics and the portrayal of Veronica's relationship with her father (Enrico Colantoni).