Make no mistake, ABC is high on giving Life on Mars - its long-in-the-works adaptation of the BBC series - a slot on its fall schedule. It's now just a matter of whether David E. Kelley will stick with the project he has shepherded thus far. Sources say that "financial considerations" are influencing Kelley's possible departure, and that October Road's Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg are in queue to assume show runner duties.

ABC's Life on Mars stars Jason O'Mara ( In Justice) as a 21st-centrtuy detective transported back to the 1970s. - MWM