Life on Mars

2006, TV Show


Ask Matt: Terra Nova vs. Fringe, Awake, USA's Leading Ladies and GCB

Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller

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Question: Just wondering about Terra Nova and the rumors that they'll be shopping it around to another network. It took them pretty much forever to get the first season prepared, I'm assuming because of the special effects. If they wind up on another network, that probably means a smaller budget, faster production, fewer dinosaurs, more focus on the people, character-driven stories, etc. Right? Sounds entertaining to me. (I do confess, though Terra Nova struck me as a bit of a mess in some ways, I was looking forward to seeing how the story played out.)

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Life on Mars Series 2 and Other Announced Releases

Life on Mars, Season 2

New releases announced today, May 26:

The F.B.I. Files - Most Wanted: The Best of Seasons 1 & 2 will be coming out June 23

Life on Mars - Series 2 will be coming out November 24

Judith Krantz presents Mistral's Daughter will be coming out August 11

BBC's Wild Pacific (aka South Pacific) (DVD or Blu-ray) will be coming out July 14

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Mega Minute: Criminal Minds Finale Preview, and More

Now playing in this week's Mitovich Mega Minute:

* Save the date for Criminal Minds' two-hour season-ender. Plus: What will Hotch & Co. be up against in the finale?

* Is T-Bag's Prison Break run about to end? Robert Knepper previews the show's return.

* From the Mega mailbag: Now that his Life on Mars has expired, what's next for Jason O'Mara? Might a return to The Closer be on tap?

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Top Moments: A Week of Goodbyes, Surprising and Not

Lawrence Fishburne, Megan Joy

There's no escaping destiny, if you believe the folks on Lost, and the saying was never truer than this week. Lots of TV people met their endings, and so did two shows — one in the satisfying way we've come to expect, and the other in a way no one saw coming. Please enjoy our Top Moments, sealed fates edition.

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Weeds Season 4 and Other Announced Releases

Weeds - Season 4

New releases announced today, March 3:

Hallelujah! - The Complete Collection will be coming out April 28

Life on Mars - Series 1 will be coming out July 28

The New Detectives: Case Studies in Forensic Science - Season 3 will be coming out May 19

Weeds - Season 4 (DVD and Blu-ray Disc) will be coming out June 2

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008

Tom Welling and Erica Durance, Smallville

8 pm/ET CW
An unexpected trip to the Phantom Zone with Clark turns Lois into a murderous villain bent on terrorizing Metropolis.

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Life on Mars Marathon: Cheers, Thanks a Lot, BBC America!

Life on Mars by Kerry Brown/BBC America

Me: I can't wait to see ABC's Life on Mars!Pretentious Friend: The BBC version was better.Me: Wait, have you already seen ABC's remake? (Hint: It premieres Thursday, Oct. 9 at 10 pm/ET on ABC, so obviously he hasn't.)PF: Well, the British one was great.Me: But it hasn't been released on DVD in the States and you've never been to England. How did you see it?PF: Well, I've heard it's better.Me: I heard it was very good, but I just watched the pilot episode of the ABC version, and it's also very good.PF: Scones are better than bagels.Me: What?!PF: Nothing, chap. You Yanks wouldn't understand.Me: You're from New Jersey!PF: Excuse me, I have to go to the loo.If you'd like to compare, BBC America will be running a marathon of BBC's Life on Mars on Sunday, Oct. 5 beginning at 1 pm/ET. Cheerio! — Mickey O'Connor read more

Mega Buzz on Lost, Grey's, CSI: Miami and More!

Elizabeth Mitchell by Art Streiber/ABC; Patrick Dempsey by Bob D'Amico/ABC; Emily Procter by Doug Hyun/CBS

Senior editors Matt Webb Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor answer your questions!I know Skaters and Jaters are asking about their Lost couples, but please don't ignore us Jacketeers! Is there hope for a Jack-Juliet reunion? – TamunaMatt: Hope? Sure. It's just a matter of where (back on the island, I can only assume) and when (perhaps as early as this coming season, at least one source tells me). And for those fretting about Elizabeth Mitchell's future with the show, I am assured that Juliet figures very heavily into Season 5. Me, I see her and Sawyer (wet and shirtless or even dry and clothed) taking charge as Locke and his band of worshippers move forth with whatever cockamamy plan they have in mind. Can you give me any Grey's Anatomy scoop about Meredith and Derek? – BryanMatt: The good news: They're together! The bad news: Do either of them have any idea what "together" means? Not really. So when the action picks back up, they'll be trying to figure out how being a mutually ... read more

What are your thoughts on the ...

Question: What are your thoughts on the potential of David E. Kelley's new vehicle, Life on Mars? Given that the original series only contained 20-something episodes, is there a danger of it getting stale over the course of a standard North American broadcast schedule? Answer: That's the multi-million dollar question, isn't it? And for the record, it's not quite accurate to keep referring to ABC's Life on Mars as David E. Kelley's anymore. He bought the rights to the show, brought it to ABC and developed the pilot (which apparently may yet be tweaked). But since then, he has left the show, turning over control to a new set of producers who will run the show for ABC. But as for its long-term future, the producers will have their work cut out for them to sustain the premise: modern detective wakes up from an accident in the '70s and wonders if it's all a coma dream. Most ABC viewers aren't likely to have seen the BBC version yet (which did present an actual ending to the overal ... read more

Fall TV: Mars Lands on ABC's Official Schedule

Lenny Clarke, Jason O'Mara, Rachelle Lefevre and Colm Meaney in Life on Mars by Kevin Foley/ABC

ABC has announced their new fall schedule and it looks promising. (That's right, no shows based on Geico commercials!) Let's break down the schedule starting with new shows. — Erin FoxNew ABC Series• Life on Mars (airing Thursdays at 10 pm/ET)David E. Kelley's version of the BBC series, it revolves around a modern-day police detective (Jason O'Mara) who, after a car crash, mysteriously finds himself transported back to 1973 and still working as a cop.• Opportunity Knocks (Tuesdays at 8)This game show is going on the road, arriving the doorsteps of everyday Americans to test how well they know their family. The mobile team will stop by any small town in America in a semi that is flush with flat-screen TVs, new furniture and cash prizes that the family can win right there.New Midseason Series• The Goode FamilyMike Judge brings ABC this animated series about a family obsessed with doing the "right" thing, whether it's environmentally, politically or socially. Their ... read more

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Premiered: January 09, 2006, on BBC1
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A modern police detective wakes from a coma to find himself working as a cop in 1973, and must readjust to life even as he seeks a way back to his future.



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