Life on Mars

2008, TV Show


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

Zoo by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge

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

Zoo is a global thriller about... read more

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

Michael Imperioli

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

Michael Imperoli

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

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

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

Imperioli will play ... read more

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

Life on Mars

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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Ratings: CBS Prank Show Pulls One over the Competition

Jessica Simpson on I Get That a Lot

Wednesday's ratings recap:

8 pm/ET
CBS' I Get That a Lot, in which celebs played jokes on us regular peeps, got enough viewers — 10.34 million — to win the hour. Lie to Me placed second with 8.98 mil, dipping 10 percent from its previous outing. 

Law & Order: CI repeat (5.06 mil) delivered nearly double what the now-canceled Chopping Block had been getting. ABC's Scrubs scored 5.05 mil, discharging 280K, while Better Off Ted held steady at 4.7 mil. Top Model surged 38 percent, to 3.95 mil.

9 pm
American Idol delivered 23.7 million viewers, down 6 percent from last week's results show. Opposite (and yet trailing) a Criminal Minds repeat, Lost found 9.35 million heads, up 6 percent week-to-week. Life, meanwhile, taunted the "bubble" with a 29 percent gain, hitting 5.57 mil. 

10 pm
As CSI: NY and Law & Order served leftovers, Life on Mars said goodbye to 5.86 million viewers, adding 190 thou in its last hurrah.


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Tonight's TV Hot List for Wednesday, April 1, 2009


8 pm/ET MTV
No Real World alum has had a more lasting impact than San Francisco cast member Pedro Zamora (1972-94), one of the first openly gay HIV-positive men to appear on national television. After being diagnosed with the disease at age 17, he dedicated the rest of his entirely too-short life raising AIDS awareness among young people. This touching biographical docudrama chronicles the extraordinary life of the man who helped humanize the disease and vowed to "keep the cameras going every step of the way, no matter how bad it gets."

Read on for previews of I Get That a Lot, Damages, RENO 911! and Life on Mars. read more

Series Finale Preview: Life on Mars' Sam Runs Out of Time!

Jason O'Mara, Life on Mars

In a rare instance of mutual forethought and cooperation between producers and a network, ABC's Life on Mars will wrap up its abbreviated freshman run this Wednesday at 10 pm/ET with a proper series finale, bringing to a close Detective Sam Tyler's time-tripping odyssey. Here, executive producers Scott Rosenberg and Josh Appelbaum reflect on their Mars journey, reveal the one song that done them wrong, preview the "straight-out scary" follow-up they have planned, and promise closure for fans of their previous project, October Road. The episode airing this Wednesday, is it more or less what you had envisioned the series finale as being? Or is it slightly different, if only because you had less time to build up to it?
Josh Appelbaum: We always knew that the season finale was going to be this episode, and we always knew what our series finale would be. Basically we went to [ABC] and said, "Our ratings are grim. We want to ... read more

Grey's Anatomy Season 5 and Other Announced Releases

Grey's Anatomy - Season 5

New releases announced today, March 13:

Brothers & Sisters - The Complete 3rd Season will be coming out September 1

Castle - The Complete 1st Season will be coming out September 22

Desperate Housewives - The Complete 5th Season will be coming out September 1

Grey's Anatomy - The Complete 5th Season (Blu-ray and DVD) will be coming out September 15

Life on Mars - The Complete Series will be coming out September 29

Private Practice - The Complete 2nd Season will be coming out September 15

Samantha Who? - The Complete 2nd Season will be coming out August 25

Scrubs - The Complete 8th Season will be coming out August 25

Ugly Betty - The Complete 3rd Season will be coming out September 22

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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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