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01-31-2007, 10:42 AM
I watched this show on BBC America and really liked it, anybody else watch it? It's about a cop in a coma who is living in the 70's in his mind.


Now it's coming to the U.S. on ABC.

SF&F Pilots Picked Up By Nets

SF and supernatural dramas figure prominently among the pilots picked up by the TV networks this year, including a new version of The Bionic Woman for NBC and and a remake of the BBC time-travel cop show Life on Mars for ABC, Variety reported. Overall, the five networks have ordered 45 drama pilots, on par with the 47 green-lighted last year.

The current season yielded only one big hit in the genre, NBC's Heroes, and one modest success, CBS' Jericho.

David E. Kelley is writing and executive-producing Mars for ABC, about a detective who goes back in time to the 1970s. The Bionic Woman comes from David Eick (executive producer of SCI FI Channel's Battlestar Galactica (http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/)), a "re-imagination" of the classic 1970s SF show that will focus on a woman's place in today's world.

Other pilot pickups include Fox's New Amsterdam, which centers on a cop who is hundreds of years old, while CBS' Twilight deals with a private eye who is a vampire. A list of other SF pilot pickups, by network


01-31-2007, 10:47 AM
I was expecting something completely different when I clicked on this thread. :D

04-13-2007, 10:34 AM
Mars Spins Off Ashes

Zap2it.com (http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-bbclifeonmarssequel,0,4667145.story?coll=zap-news-headlines) reported that the BBC has wrapped its two-season time-travel police drama Life on Mars, but will spin off the show with a new time-jumping series.

The British broadcaster has ordered a show called Ashes to Ashes, which will follow DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) and his shoot-first, ask-questions-if-we-get-around-to-it style of law enforcement from the 1970s to the '80s. Set in 1981, the show will find Hunt working in London with a female detective from the present day who finds herself stuck in the past, the site reported.

The finale of Life on Mars, which aired this week on BBC1, resolved the question of how 21st-century cop Sam Tyler (John Simm) was transported to 1973 Manchester. Simm will not be part of the new show.

BBC America aired the first season of Life on Mars last summer and will have the second season later this year. Producer David E. Kelley is also working on an adaptation of the show for ABC, though casting difficulties have pushed the show back to midseason.