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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...

2008-10-20 18:00:19

U.S. actress Whoopi Goldberg has agreed to be a guest star on the new 1970s-set cop drama "Life on Mars," ABC said Monday. Goldberg, who won an Oscar for her work in the movie "Ghost," is now the moderator on the TV talk show "The View." She will play Disc Jockey Brother Lovebutter in the Nov. 6 episode of "Mars," now in its first season. The network described the installment as being about how a "racial war is sparked when a young African-American girl is brutally murdered and Sam...

2008-10-10 00:00:24

By Guy Adams Life on Mars is the latest in a spate of British programmes to cross the Atlantic - and it has gone down a storm, reports Guy Adams The cars are bigger. New York looks even meaner than the squalid- yet-homely Manchester where DCI Sam Tyler first woke up after being mysteriously transported back to 1973. But the sideburns have stayed more or less the same. America got its first taste of Life on Mars last night, as the BBC's nostalgic cop show became the latest British TV hit...

2008-10-09 15:00:24

By DALE McGARRIGLE; OF THE NEWS STAFF Tonight is an evening of imports. First up is "Kath and Kim," inspired by an Australian sitcom of the same name, debuting at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. Well-paired with "My Name is Earl" at 8 p.m., "Kath and Kim" is another entertaining, white-trash buddy comedy. Kath Day (played by "SNL" alum Molly Shannon) is a fortysomething single mom who has finally found love, in the form of sandwich-shop owner Phil Knight (John Michael Higgins). But just as things...

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 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...

2008-10-08 09:00:29

By Scott D. Pierce Deseret News BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- A couple of things can happen when Americans try to turn a hit British series into a hit on this side of the pond. It can turn out like "The Office," which was very successful in both versions. Or it can turn out like "Viva Laughlin," a horrifically bad and mercifully short-lived Americanization of "Viva Blackpool." What generally has to happen in order for this sort of thing to work is that the American version has to use the...

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...

2008-10-07 06:00:31

By Christopher Lawrence Forget the housing meltdown, the crisis on Wall Street and the fact that banks are failing faster than Hugh Hefner's relationships. The surest sign America is in trouble? Even our TV shows are being outsourced. A quarter of the fall season's new series are remakes of foreign shows, and two of the British ones - "Life on Mars" (KTNV-TV, Channel 13) and "Eleventh Hour" (KLAS-TV, Channel 8) - face off this week at 10 p.m. Thursday. But that's pretty much where the...

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)...


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