Return Trip to 'Mars' Scheduled
BBC America sets date for time-tripping drama
The cable network will unveil the second (and final) season of the drama "Life on Mars" on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The second season arrives about 15 months after the first set of eight episodes concluded in September 2006. (The series finale aired on the BBC in April.)
"Life on Mars" centers on Sam Tyler (John Simm), a detective in present-day Manchester, England, who gets in a brutal car accident and wakes up to find himself in 1973, where he joins the force and clashes with the bare-knuckles leader of the homicide squad (Philip Glenister). Sam also tries to discern whether he has, in fact, actually traveled back in time, is in a coma, or just nuts.
The show had a strong following in the U.K., averaging about 7 million viewers (in a nation of 60 million) and winning several awards, including a BAFTA audience award and an International Emmy.
ABC has ordered a pilot for an American version of the series from "Boston Legal" creator David E. Kelley. It stars Jason O'Mara, Colm Meaney, Rachelle Lefevre and Lenny Clarke. It was under consideration for midseason at ABC, but as is the case with dozens of other shows, it's in limbo until the writers' strike plays out.