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First Look: Life on Mars

So far, we haven't seen too much of ABCs remake of Life on Mars. The show, which will begin airing after Grey's Anatomy on Oct. 9, had a pretty tricky road to TV, with nearly every actor being recast except for leading man Jason O'Mara. The cast now includes Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol, and Harvey Keitel, who are finally starting to show up in promos and clips.

The show, based on a British series, finds O'Mara's character — a New York City cop named Sam Tyler— mysteriously transported back to the 1970s. Keitel plays an older detective, Gene Hunt, who doesn't always follow protocol, while Imperioli plays another officer and Mol plays a woman trying to prove she deserves a shot at police work.

One clip of Sam and Gene meeting in a bar surfaced recently, and now there's a brief ABC promo showing shots of Imperioli and Mol as well. Still no pilot, but I'm hoping that will appear before too long. I enjoyed the British version of the show, but all the trouble this adaptation has run into has left me feeling wary. At least it's good to see some proof that there will be a show after all! To watch the new promo, just


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jenfrancine jenfrancine 8 years
I'm definitely checking out this show - it's supposed to be really good. Thursday night is still the stay at home night!!!
This show is going to be so bad ass! I am really looking forward to it! I love Harevy Keitel... Reservoir Dogs, Cop Land, National Treasure, Mean Streets !! ABC is lucky to get him on a TV show! I just watched a behind the scenes thing about getting an authentic 1970's set. Seems really cool!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
I looooooove Jason O'Hara, so I'll give it a shot, but frankly the American interpretation doesn't look promising. And if this takes place in the 70s, why did they make Gretchen Mol's character look like she's from the 40s? I like Gretchen, but I think the casting of Rachelle Lefevre was a better fit.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm actually kind of looking forward to this since it really seems like it could be a cute remake. i never know how british shows translate to the US but anything's worth a try and hopefully after Greys will put it on the radar.
Phil Phil 9 years
Seriously, this show deserves much more attention. If the additions of Harvey frakkin' Keitel weren't enough, they add Tony Soprano's 'nephew' and Bettie Page to distract us from Jason O'Mara's inability to play the lead! Yes, it'll be different from the brilliant UK series, but it's still the most intriguing show premiering this fall (nevermind The Mentalist). I can't wait to see if Scot Rosenberg and the rest of the October Road folks can make something decent that doesn't take place in New England. Hopefully they stay away from anything they tried to do on October Road.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I might try this, if only because it's on right after Grey's.
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