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"Veronica Mars" Entering a World of Pain (TV Episode 2019) Poster

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The teleplay for this episode was cowritten by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (with his writing partner Raymond Obstfeld). Although he is by far best known as one of the all-time greatest basketball players ever in the NCAA and the NBA, he has also had a second career as a writer. He has authored or coauthored fifteen books (including memoirs, fiction, and nonfiction) and numerous published articles and essays. In an April 2019 interview on TV Line, showrunner Rob Thomas told the story of how Abdul-Jabbar came to write for Veronica Mars: Thomas said that Abdul-Jabbar published a column on the five young adult novels that everyone should read, including Thomas's novel Slave Day. Thomas asked Abdul-Jabbar to write a foreword for a new edition of that book, and Abdul-Jabbar agreed--on the condition that he could play a zombie on Thomas's show "iZombie." On that set, they started discussing Abdul-Jabbar and Obstfeld's interest in writing for TV, and Thomas suggested that they could start by joining the Veronica Mars writing staff to "see how a television show works? And so they did. There was not a day in the Veronica Mars writers' room where, when Kareem walked in, it [didn't] sort of weird me out. It's a stunning thing....They handed in a terrific script that I'm excited about."
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Vinnie calls Veronica "Katniss". Katniss Everdeen is a character of "Hunger Games" trilogy.
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