'Life on Mars' Back in Orbit
O'Mara, who starred in the network's Philip Marlowe pilot earlier this year, has now landed the lead role in "Life on Mars,"
"This is a complicated character with many colors. After an exhaustive search, we're thrilled to have cast Jason O'Mara," Kelley says in a statement. "He's a tremendous talent, and we are confident that he will live up to the potential of the character and of the series."
The first season of the British series aired on BBC America last summer; the cable channel hasn't set a date for the second season yet.
ABC's pilot, written by Kelley and directed by Thomas Schlamme ("Studio 60,"
O'Mara became available for "Life on Mars" after ABC passed on "Marlowe," a pilot updating Raymond Chandler's iconic detective, this spring. He's also had a recurring role on ABC's