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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...

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2009-03-03 08:21:12

The New York-set police drama Life on Mars isn't being renewed for a second season, multiple sources told EW.com. Entertainment Weekly said on its Web site that ABC recently told the show's producers it won't be ordering a second season, however, the producers should have enough time to wrap up the show in way that satisfies its fans. The series is based on a British show by the same name in which a modern-day police detective finds himself transported back to the 1970s. The U.S. version...

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 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...

2008-10-08 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...

2008-10-06 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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