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2009-03-18 11:41:41

The series finale of the 1970s-set, sci-fi New York cop drama Life on Mars is scheduled to air next month, ABC announced. The U.S. adaptation of the popular British television show stars Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol and Jonathan Murphy. The American version of Mars will have run one season when it concludes April 1. Sam Tyler's past, present and future all confront him when he receives a phone call with instructions on how he can return to 2008: All he needs to...

2008-10-09 06:00:28

By Robert Bianco There's only so much credit you can give a copy. Tonight's premiere of Life on Mars is one of the best new hours of TV this fall -- as it should be, considering it's a virtual scene-for-scene remake of a terrific British original. It's a relief ABC didn't bungle the transfer, but not exactly cause for critical celebration. If we can't celebrate, we can at least be cautiously optimistic. Let's start with the strength of the source material, which is built around an...

2008-10-09 03:00:26

In America, of course, 16 episodes isn't even an entire season. So obviously, there'll be some busking when it comes to explaining why Sam has become an unwilling time traveler. In the meantime, he must make sense of the culture shock of '70 s mores. Police brutality is a casual pastime. Cell phones don't yet exist, he's a little slow on the uptake to realize. And police forensics is primitive, if it exists at all. His new colleagues are decidedly old-school. His boss, Lt. Gene Hunt...

2008-10-09 00:00:27

By Frazier Moore NEW YORK -- All comfortably familiar by cop-show standards, "Life on Mars" begins with NYPD Detective Sam Tyler nabbing a murder suspect, who then gets a grilling from him at the precinct house. He takes a phone call in the age-old squad room, which lately has been upgraded with computers and a splash of color on the walls. But about seven minutes into the episode, viewers are struck by something unexpected. Tyler, too: He's the victim of a hit-and-run - - and, after...

2008-10-07 06:00:31

By Gary Levin There's a second life for Life on Mars, the BBC drama about a modern-day detective who, after an accident, abruptly finds himself on the beat in 1973. ABC took a quick shine to the show when it premiered in 2006 and began developing an American version with producer David E. Kelley (Boston Legal), who already had acquired rights to it. The series, premiering Thursday (10 p.m. ET/PT), had plenty of hiccups along the way. Dublin-born Jason O'Mara stars as Sam Tyler, who...

2008-10-06 09:00:31

By JUDITH S GILLIES By Judith S. Gillies The Washington Post Detective Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara) is hit by a car while chasing a bad guy in New York. When he regains consciousness, he's more than baffled to find himself as a member of the NYPD - in 1973. That's the premise for "Life on Mars," which premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. on ABC. The series has a top-notch cast, including Tyler's tough boss (Harvey Keitel), a rough co-worker (Michael Imperioli) and a woman (Gretchen Mol)...

2008-10-06 00:00:24

By Mike Hughes Sam Tyler really isn't having a good day. For one thing, he's a cop in a city with lots of crooks. For another, he's quite sure the year is 2008. Everyone and everything else says it's 1973. That's the setup for "Life on Mars," ABC's first (and only) new scripted show this fall. The title has nothing to do with the galaxy; it involves a state of mind. "He feels like he's landed on a different planet," says Jason O'Mara, who stars. Fresh from a traffic accident in 2008,...

2008-08-23 00:00:24

By GREG HERNANDEZ Jason O'Mara wanted to make one thing clear: He's not changing his haircut for his new ABC series "Life on Mars." What? No retro look for NYPD Detective Sam Tyler who is hurtled back in time to 1973 after being hit by a car while chasing down a criminal. "I don't think it's really necessary to do anything to my hair," the actor told me recently. After all, he pointed out, Sam had been living in 2008 until his little accident. I guess a bad '70s hairdo ("Mod Squad"?)...

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