Articles for Life on Mars Season 2

BuddyTV is looking at the 17 new shows the major networks will premiere this Fall to see which ones are worth getting excited about and which ones we have low expectations for.Show Description: Based on the English series of the same name, Life on Mars revolves around a modern-day detective who, after a car crash, finds himself transported back in time to 1973 and, weirdly, still working as a detective. Read more »
After playing Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, Michael Imperioli is heading back to the small screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 42-year-old actor has signed on to star in ABC‘s new pilot, Life on Mars, which is based on the series that aired on BBC. Although perhaps best known for portraying Tony Soprano‘s (James Gandolfini) protégé on the HBO mob series The Sopranos, Imperioli is also known for his role on Law & Order as Detective Nick Falco, Vincent in the recent drama The Lovebirds and as Jim Fortunato in the fantasy drama The Inner Life of Martin Frost. Read more »
The ABC prime time schedule is mighty impressive.  Perhaps not in the sense of quality (depends on your tastes) but in terms of consistency.  ABC has a whole host of holdovers from last season.  So many, in fact, that they are only premiering a few brand new series this Fall.  Remember the days when ABC was the laughing stock of network television?  That was only five or so years ago.  Then came Lost, Grey‘s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives (among others) and ABC is now a network juggernaut.  Below you will find the premiere dates and times of every ABC Fall show.  Read more »
ABC‘s adaptation of Life on Mars is beginning to sound a lot better as it approaches its premiere date.  After casting Michael Imperioli, best known as Christopher Moltisanti on HBO‘s The Sopranos, the time travel-police procedural has now enlisted Oscar nominated actor Harvey Keitel.Perhaps best known for his playing gangster Mickey Cohen in Bugsy, in which he obtained an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Keitel turned in some impressive performances in films by some of America‘s leading directors.  And though his fame faded during the 1980s, he re-emerged to stardom with his role as Mr. White in Quentin Tarantino‘s Reservoir Dogs and as Winston "The Wolf" Wolfe in Pulp Fiction, as George Baines in The Piano and the title character in Abel Ferrara‘s Bad Lieutenant. Read more »
There was a time when the press was abuzz with Gretchen Mol‘s name.  In 1998, she, then 22 years old, joined the cast of the film Rounders, led by Matt Damon and Edward Norton.  The movie, whose story revolved around the underground world of high-stakes poker, wasn‘t a success—it only earned a little over $22 million in its entire run—but soon became a cult classic, and some say it‘s responsible for poker‘s return to popularity.The movie also seemed to launch Mol to wide recognition.  She made the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, which tagged her as the “It Girl of the Nineties” because of her looks and demeanor that‘s similar to Marilyn Monroe‘s.  Then, she disappeared—most, if not all, of her movies were box office failures, and she soon faded into obscurity, at least until eight years later, when she appeared in the movie The Notorious Bettie Page. Read more »
Production for the ABC series Life on Mars has finally started, after a long delay because of recasts and staff changes.  And, with it, they have announced that Lisa Bonet, otherwise known as Denise Huxtable on the 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show, has joined the cast of the upcoming series.Bonet takes on the role of Maya Daniels, the present-day girlfriend of lead character Sam Tyler (Jason O‘Mara).  This could mean an interesting love triangle—Sam gets hit by a car and finds himself in 1973, and while trying to get back to his actual time period (and to Maya) he becomes close with cop Annie Norris (Gretchen Mol).  The two girls will never meet, but quite ironically, Annie‘s efforts to get beyond menial jobs and be treated as a real cop will affect Maya‘s efforts to become a cop as well.  Bonet joins other co-stars such as Jonathan Murphy and Harvey Keitel. Read more »
For exclusive on-set videos and hot features on the new TV season, check out BuddyTV‘s Fall 2008 Preview.Network: ABCPremiere: Thursday, October 9, 10pmCast: Jason O‘Mara, Harvey Keitel, Gretchen Mol, Lisa BonetPremise: A modern-day detective gets into a car accident and wakes up in 1973.  Somehow, in the seventies, he continues to work his same job. Read more »
For exclusive on-set videos and hot features on the new TV season, check out BuddyTV‘s Fall 2008 Preview.If you‘re looking for the new McDreamy, look no further. Jason O‘Mara is a good looking Irish actor who‘s starring in the new ABC drama Life on Mars, conveniently airing after Grey‘s Anatomy. In fact, Grey‘s fans will probably recognize O‘Mara as Phillip, Meredith and Derek‘s first brain tumor patient from last season who married his wife after knowing her for only 10 days. Read more »
Fans of the BBC hit television series Life on Mars are gearing up for the US version of the show, which is going to be presented to us by none other than ABC.  In fact, the show, which will debut on television screens across America on October 9 at 10pm, has already begun filming the episodes, with Jason O’Mara playing the central character in the series.  The show will be led in by Grey’s Anatomy, which will air at 9pm.Life on Mars follows NYPD detective Sam Tyler (Jason O’Mara) as he discovers that he has mysteriously time-traveled back to the year 1973 in New York City, where issues such as the Vietnam war, Watergate, women’s liberation and the gay and civil rights movements are underway.  The last thing he remembers is that he was in a car accident while trying to pursue a criminal, in 2008. Read more »
When viewers found out that the British series Life on Mars will be remade by ABC, they were ecstatic.  Add to that the fact that Men in Trees actor Jason O’Mara will be spearheading the show, which will begin airing on October 9 at 10pm.  O’Mara plays NYPD detective Sam Tyler, who, after a car accident, gets thrown into New York City circa 1973, where he is to blindly find his way back to the present, while trying to make do with what and who he has in that time period.  Because the show is set in the 1970s, some might assume that ABC will be sticking to the original series down to the costumes.  They might’ve gotten it wrong this time.“I don‘t think it‘s really necessary to do anything to my hair,” O’Mara told the Daily News.  He added that his character, Sam has been living in 2008, so his hair will be styled as is. Read more »
After a lot of shake-ups, the US version of the original British series Life on Mars will debut tonight on ABC at 10pm.  If time travel is your thing, you should check it out. It comes on right after Grey‘s Anatomy on Thursdays.Life on Mars is about a detective who finds himself stuck in the early 1970s and thus has to go about his modern professional life absent the help of thirty or so years of technology and forensic science.  The series had a rough transfer to a US network after the first pilot by Ally McBeal‘s David Kelley was scrapped and the whole thing had to be redone from scratch.  ABC has announced that it now has ABC drama October Road producers Josh Appelbaum, Andre Namec, Scott Rosenberg at the helm.Some potential premiere spoilers ahead. Read more »
It seems like remakes of old shows are the ‘in‘ thing again this season as several networks decided to make their own spin of originals such as NBC‘s Knight Rider and the CW‘s 90210.  Of course, ABC won‘t be the last to jump on the bandwagon as they have already premiered their very own remake of a British hit—Life on Mars.The new ABC offering, whose original edition won the international Emmy Award for best drama series in 2006, follows Detective Sam Tyler (Jason O‘Mara) as he is thrown into the not-so-distant past after getting into a hit-and-run accident.  There, he must deal with the primitive methods of crime-solving while trying to figure out a way back to his “present.” Read more »
Michael Imperioli‘s Fu Manchu.  The soundtrack.  Harvey Keitel beating the crap out of people.  Slow-motion chase scenes set to glorious seventies music.  Naked hippies.  There are a lot of things to like about Life on Mars.  Though it‘s not yet clear if Life on Mars can or will have staying power, it is a great little curiosity two episodes in to its stateside life, and I, like many viewers, are going to keep riding Life on Mars until it disappoints.  Like Mad Men, Life on Mars works fine as a simple time capsule show, a fun peek into the gritty world of New York City in 1973.  The procedural elements still need to fleshed out, but the cast is beyond good, and at this point, I have no problem sitting back and enjoying the scenery.  Read more »
Tonight, Detective Sam Tyler will explore his past once again in a new episode of Life on Mars.  But before the preview, here‘s what has happened so far.  Still beleaguered by the turn of events in his life, Sam tried to focus his attention on a series of fatal robberies while proving himself to Lt. Hunt and the rest of the squad members. In the third episode of Life on Mars called “My Maharishi is Bigger Than Your Maharishi," the 125th precinct is forced to deal with controversial issues after the murder of a returning Vietnam veteran.  But as the squad further investigates the case, the case becomes even more complicated and notorious, sending Lieutenant Hunt in an outrage as he demands a quick resolution. Read more »
Remakes are in again.  That seems to be the trend nowadays, when networks tend to snatch a British series format and create their own based on the original.  This holds true for ABC’s Life on Mars, which recently debuted earlier this month.  The series stars Jason O’Mara as Sam Tyler, the detective who gets thrown into New York circa 1973 after being hit by a car in present time.  While there, he tries to fit in while juggling his job under Gene Hunt (Harvey Keitel) and working alongside Ray Carling (Michael Imperioli), Annie Norris (Gretchen Mol) and Chris Skelton (Jonathan Murphy).Recently, Michael Imperioli spoke to the New York Times, saying that his role on the show allowed him to stay with his family in New York, where they are currently filming.  The 42-year-old father of three also grew up in the area of Mount Vernon, near New York City. Read more »
Last week on ABC’s Life on Mars, Sam Tyler pulled out their latest murder victim from the East River.  More interestingly, he ran into his circa-1973 mother, who was being harassed by the local mobsters after she gets tangled up with a loan boss who Sam later met through Tyler’s crew.  Later on, Tyler got into trouble with Adrienne, who tried to seduce him but failed.  After an odd hallucination, Tyler woke up in the nude and in handcuffs, only to find out that Adrienne took some lewd photos of him so that Elliot could have ransom.Tonight on Life on Mars, the suspense and drama continues as Episode 1.05, “Things to Do in New York When You Think You‘re Dead” airs at 10pm on ABC. Read more »
The great ABC scheduling debate has gone on for four years and has yet to be answered conclusively.  What show should ABC air after Lost?  There have been numerous contenders, none of which have performed particularly well.  It‘s long been argued that no matter what is placed after Lost, the Lost audience isn‘t going to stick around.  Why?  Because Lost is such a interactive, thought-provoking series, that after every episode fans would rather discuss the events and theorize than watch another hour of television.  Perhaps this is a flawed theory, and ABC just hasn‘t found the right series to pair with Lost.  We shall see – it was announced today that freshman series Life on Mars will follow Lost on Wednesday nights come mid-season.  Read more »
Previously, we learned that ABC is moving its British import Life on Mars to Wednesday at 10pm come mid-season  to follow the returning Lost (and Pushing Daisies?).  While shifting schedules mid-season have annoyed fans in the past, this move had sunk well with fans as Wednesday will now be a sci-fi block and Grey‘s Anatomy will be paired off with its spin-off Private Practice during Thursdays.  The two line-ups ideally attract the same demographic, making each more compatible with each other, making the lead-ins work better for their lead-outs.On the last episode of Life on Mars, a racial fight erupted between the African American and Puerto Ricans when a young African American girl was found dead.  Meanwhile, Sam was assigned to the case and thought about his mentor in 2008 in order to get an edge on the case.  That episode also had the likes of special guest star Whoopi Goldberg as Brother Lovebutter. Read more »
Life on Mars will be moved to Wednesdays starting mid-season.  Yeah, that‘s old news already. It‘s been two weeks, in fact, since the news was announced, and we‘re just waiting for the half-season to end before seeing whether the British import will benefit in the long run.Admittedly the show isn‘t really in a good place.  Last week, it found itself on third place in its time slot, beaten by CBS‘ Eleventh Hour (with 11.69 million viewers) and NBC‘s ER (with 9.80 million viewers, although this is partly because former cast member Anthony Edwards returned to the show as a guest).  Overall, it‘s a victim of circumstance, with CBS wheeling out really strong programs on Thursdays (Survivor and CSI) and NBC wheeling out their star comedies (The Office and 30 Rock).  Life on Mars is, in theory, supposed to benefit from the big ratings that Grey‘s Anatomy, the show preceding it, draws in.  But explain a drop of viewers, from 15.59 million for Grey‘s to 8.94 for Mars? Read more »
The year is almost over, and BuddyTV wants to know which shows were your absolute favorites from 2008. We have a huge Showdown featuring 48 of the top shows of the year, from reality staples like American Idol to smash hits like CSI. You can vote for your favorite cult shows like Supernatural, or a small comedy like It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  We have shows still going strong like Grey‘s Anatomy and shows canceled before their time like Jericho.VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SHOW OF 2008>> Read more »
As ABC continues to air the U.S. version of Life on Mars, fans of the police procedural show will have a chance to see what happens next to their favorite characters in the original U.K. series.  BBC America has just acquired the U.S. premiere of Ashes to Ashes, the award-winning and highly anticipated sequel to Life on Mars. Read more »
All of a sudden, the bad economy comes knocking on our doors, and nobody—not most of us, at least—can‘t help but give in and start tightening some belts.  Television producers are also feeling the pinch, and as ratings and advertising revenues slide, the inevitable‘s got to happen: budget cuts.20th Century Fox Television is the latest to order cuts in all production budgets, as tough economic times beckon.  This affects all of the shows produced by the banner, from established shows such as 24 and Family Guy, to newer shows such as ABC‘s Life on Mars, and even to shows that have yet to air, like Dollhouse. Read more »
Today the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released its nominees for the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Aside from the usual television nominees like The L Word and Ugly Betty, there was one atypical nominee: Supernatural.The GLAAD Media Awards have a special category for an individual episode of a show that doesn‘t feature a regular gay character. Supernatural was nominated for “Ghostfacers,” the faux reality TV series episode that featured intern Corbett (current 90210 jock Dustin Milligan) who had a gay infatuation with Ed, resulting in the classic line, “Ed, you have to go be gay for that poor dead intern.” Read more »
From ABC‘s official press release:Lieutenant Hunt faces off with his arch rival from another precinct while investigating a bank robbery with international connections, on ABC‘s Life on Mars.The critically acclaimed series returns on a new night - Wednesday, January 28 - following ABC‘s hit series, Lost. Read more »
From ABC‘s official press release:Sam and Ray find themselves linked to a series of decapitations that have the precinct in a frenzy, on ABC‘s Life on Mars.  Read more »
Life on Mars is dead. Today Variety is reporting that ABC‘s time traveling cop drama has been officially canceled by the network. However, there are glimmers of good news. Because the decision was made early, the show will be able to film a proper series finale as there are still five episodes left, and ABC plans to air them.The show, based on a BBC series of the same name, follows Sam Tyler, a present day detective who is hit by a car and mysteriously wakes up in 1973. Why or now has remained the show‘s central mystery. The show premiered on Thursdays after Grey‘s Anatomy, but in January it was moved to Wednesdays following Lost. The first of the final five episodes airs tomorrow at 10pm on ABC. Read more »
Fans of ABC’s Life on Mars were treated to one of the most wildly original and daring series finales in TV history. In recent years we’ve seen Six Feet Under kill everyone off , The Sopranos cut to black and Battlestar Galactica jump 150,000 years into the future. But Life on Mars topped all of those.Detective Sam Tyler was hit by a car in 2008 and woke up in 1973, unsure of how he came to be there. His season-long journey to go back home finally reached its end in the final scene of the series when Sam woke up and returned to his reality. It might not sound shocking, but the twist came when Sam’s present was revealed to be 2035. Read more »
Some actors have all the luck, and others don‘t. Every year there are a number of new shows that fail, and sadly for some actors, they always seem to wind up in them.These elite few are known as showkillers, actors whose mere presence in a TV show makes it destined for failure. It might not actually be their fault, but through some cosmic joke, these actors continually get canceled.  Read more »
Every year, some of our favorite shows go off the air for the last time. Even the most diehard TV watchers would admit that few shows have universally beloved series finales. Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad and The Shield are the ones that come to mind for me.While there are shows with controversial endings that are hated by many, beloved by a few, like The Sopranos, St. Elsewhere and Dexter, we instead want to look at series finales that are controversial for another reason: whether or not they provided "answers" to the long, over-arching mythology the show promised to.  Read more »