Life on Mars

2008, TV Show

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CBS Orders Adaptation of James Patterson's Zoo Straight to Series

CBS has given a straight-to-series order for Zoo, based on James Patterson's novel of the same name, the network announced Tuesday.

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The Office: The Sopranos' Michael Imperioli to Go Up Against Dwight

After playing mobster Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos for six seasons, Michael Imperioli has been in his fair share of TV fights. But what will happen when he goes up against Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson)?!

Fans will find out when the Emmy winner guest-stars on The Office this spring as... read more

Pilot Season: Sopranos' Michael Imperioli Checks Into Jason Katims' NBC Medical Drama

The doctor is in!

Michael Imperioli has joined the cast of Jason Katims' medical pilot County, has confirmed. first reported the news.

Parenthood's Jason Ritter stars in the drama about a group of young doctors, nurses and administrators in an underfunded and morally compromising Los Angeles hospital. Imperioli, best-known for playing Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, will portray... read more

Jason O'Mara Returns to Time-Traveling for Terra Nova

Jason O'Mara will headline Fox's upcoming drama Terra Nova, according to Variety.

The 37-year-old actor will star as Jim Shannon, a man from 2149  who... read more

Michael Imperioli Nabs Lead in ABC Drama Pilot

Michael Imperioli may be heading back to ABC.

The Sopranos alum has signed on to play the lead in 187 Detroit, a new drama pilot that offers a real but sometimes humorous look at Detroit's top homicide division through the cameras of a fictitious documentary crew, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Julie Benz joins ABC's new super Family

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It's a Godawful Small Affair! The Bizarre Life on Mars Finale

p>"Can a series finale make a show jump the shark?" asks my colleague Mickey O'Connor, referring to ABC's wackadoo Life on Mars wrap-up, in which we discover that time-traveling cop Sam Tyler is actually an astronaut from the year 2035 on his way to Mars. Cue the David Bowie; it's going to be a wild ride.

You see, in order to make the two-year-long journey more bearable, the astronauts upload a type of virtual-reality vacation for the brain. In Sam's case, he thought it would be cool to be a cop "way back" in 2008. But of all the luck, the ship hit an asteroid field or something, which rejiggered the program's calendar, sending Future Sam even further back into the past — to 1973.

Nevertheless, there are some nice touches. Tyler's copilots on the 2035 Mars probe are played by the same actors from the 125, including Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol and Harvey Keitel — who, it's revealed, is actually Sam's father. But otherwise, the finale reveals that the entire show as we knew it was a fiction. All those cases and characters and complications never existed. (Poor Lisa Bonet!)

What did you think of the Life on Mars finale? Refreshingly original or an idea past its time?

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Season 1, Episode 17
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Season 1, Episode 15
Sam goes undercover and infiltrates an Irish gang to take down their ringleader who has...
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Premiered: October 09, 2008, on ABC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A New York City detective is hit by a car in 2008 and wakes up in 1973. There he must adjust to his new life and work for a politically incorrect boss, all the while trying to figure out how to get home to 2008. Loosely based on the British series of the same name.



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