Life on Mars scores four more

OK, so it wasn't like it was just a gargantuan barbarian running through the halls of ABC cutting everything down with his battle-ax of cancellation yesterday. While ABC's midseason schedule was trimmed by three (ouch, ouch, and mega-ouch), new show Life on Mars actually saw its role increase.

ABC has ordered four more episodes of the adaptation of the UK show, according to The Hollywood Reporter, bringing its season-one total so far to 17 episodes. This comes shortly after the network decided to move the program to the post-Lost slot next year after execs finally figured out that Life on Mars doesn't exactly jibe with its previous lead-in, Grey's Anatomy. Duh. Life on Mars is on break until January 28, where it will make its debut in its new time slot.

Life on Mars stars Irish actor Jason O'Mara as Detective Sam Tyler, an NYPD cop who finds himself transported to 1973 after being hit by a car. The procedural storylines are peppered with sci-fi elements, as Sam begins to wonder if he's actually in 1973, in a coma in 2008, or simply going insane. And to be honest, we here are actually quite fond of the show--particularly its groovy soundtrack.

It's hardly a consolation for ABC's trio of cancellations, but more Life on Mars is great news! Right? Right? Hello?

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Sorry,my english sucks !
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I agree with that the networks should find another way then the Nielson ratings system,and that Live isn't the anymore most people watch TV shows anymore ! People like to plan there time and watch shows on there on schedule ! But the bad thing is, that TiVo and DVR's are not paying the adds ! As far as I know,they do not record advertisments !(Not own onw)so the networks do not care about this,cause advertisments pays ! So shows get canceled if they do not reach enough !
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Just got a chance to watch the last couple of episodes that aired, 6 & 7 (BTW I agree that the networks don't understand how people watch TV in this age). Loved the way they wrapped up the woman in the red dress storyline. Loved the "come down to the basement" cliffhanger. Especially love the fact that it's picked up and leading into LOST. These shows pairing up is a no brainer.Hopefully the networks find a new metric for rating shows... how about TiVo data or Titan TV data added into the mix???
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I am glad that it is going to make the whole season. I didn't care much for the brit version but this version is better I think.
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hmmm... i guess it's worth watching the episodes I PVRed now that i know that it'll last the season. at least until i get hooked; ABC seems to cancel things then.
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Life On Mars sort of loses its edge if you know how Sam Tyler ends up in the 70's. I'd love to watch how the US version plays it out, but I just can't go through the mystery for a second time around.
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I haven't seen this version, but the British one was amazing - no way they could top it. And - ELI STONE! Haven't they ever heard of a DVD recorder?
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I wish the TV execs would realize that with the advent of TIVO, DVD recorders, VCRs and the internet that the Nielsen Ratings have become a totally meaningless number. Some nights I watch 4 shows that are in the exact same time slot on 4 different channels, so Nielsen is Obsolete. Wake up execs! Some of us have the knowledge, skill and imagination to actually like shows in the same time slot...maybe the execs and Nielsen's are catering to the people that the big digital (oh, no February 2009!) scare applies to, the people that still have knobs on their tv sets and use coat hangers for rabbit ears.
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Well, I guess ABC doesn't want their only new Drama of the fall to be axed that easily. They'd better get themselves a hit fast. With Lost ending next season, Desperate Housewives the year after that, and Grey's Anatomy not the powerhouse it once was, ABC is in serious need of a new hit.
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finally,they picked up ashow after 3 cancellations
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Good for LoM... To bad that they canceled other shows....
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Yeah! This is one of the few shows I liked this season. Hopefully it sticks around awhile.
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I'm diggin' it! I haven't seen the British original, but hope to some day. I just love (and prefer) the way America "does TV". Life on Mars definitely has the right feel to it, aided by a relevant soundtrack, and well-cast actors. 4 more episodes is great news, especially with the loss of shows like My Own Worst Enemy and Eli Stone.
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I didn't have high hopes at first but I've really grown to like this show. Not as much as I liked Eli, but I'm glad this was kept. It makes more sense as well since it was actually doing not fantastic, but fairly good. The ratings were far far better for LOM than for any of the other 3 cancelled shows.
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What no cancellation??? I'm sure that with the recent trend it'll probably get hacked sometime during next week
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Can't believe they kept this over pushing daisies and eli stone. ABC execs need a mental check.
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Happy there is some decency among the eruptions of three awesome shows. :)
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not a fan of this show... betty and greys are great but i tune out after those shows are done.
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Thank goodness. I'm still bummed about ELI STONE, but ELI seemed to be floundering this season with the story lines. Life On Mars has a superb cast, and it keeps you guessing.
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And this was the one I wanted to see get cancelled.
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**ages 13 - 65... oops :)
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definitely good news considering the show-canceling-mood abc seemed to be in. i've found that this show actually appeals to a pretty wide variety of viewers --- ranging about 13 - 65. hopefully it'll keep drawing them in.
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Well I watch Lost, Grey's and Life on Mars (not to mention the three canned shows), so it doesn't really matter to me where they stick it. It's good to see they're trying to stick with this in light of the three shocking cancellations. But knowing ABC, this will be dropped next year, because clearly they have Lost hangover and won't accept anything that may not live up to that. Lost is the best show on TV (the only one that comes close is Heroes), so ABC has to stop thinking that they can find another gem like that and realize that they have some pretty good shows in their lineup.
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Excellent show with great storyline, but would like to see more of the 2008 scenes pop up in the show and get more of a hint as to why he landed in 1973 and his purpose there. It would be awesome if the Gretchen Mol character could finally see proof that Sam is not crazy and assist him in his journey to where he really should be. The young kid in the police force is not being used to his potential. I'm hoping he'll stay and give him more dialogue and story interaction. Please keep this show on the air! Love it!
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Thank God.... I was Afraid it may follow the cancellation fever. I really Like This Show
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This is a very good show, since the idiots who canceled Journeyman on NBC did not see the error of thier ways I hope this stays around around for a long time.
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I loved the BBC original and Jason O'Mara and Michael Imperioli are great in the remake... The only thing that was much better in the BBC version was Gene Hunt, I love Harvey Keitel, but in this case Philip Glenister created a character that cannot be copied... Too bad they couldn't get him in the US version.
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I actually want to see this now, see how it compares to the original
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I'm glad it got picked up, especially because my cousin just filmed a scene as an extra this past Tuesday!
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I hate 70's crap...
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In one way I'm glad it's on after Lost, and in another way I'm not. The networks have such strange ways of watching ratings. Lost has a big following. If Life On Mars loses too much of the Lost audience, they will dump it. Life On Mars continues every week, and since it has already started, it might not pick up as much of the audience ABC wants. It should do better after Lost. It will appeal to the same type of audience. The networks don't seem to care any more about the numbers. They want to know what age group is watching, and how much of the audience they kept from the last show. STUPID. Don't ask me what they do with this information. The comercials for the shows don't seem to go with the age groups watching them, and they will think nothing of pairing up shows that don't go together. I hope this change works. I watch both shows, and Life On Mars has improved each week.
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I am trying life on mars, just don't see where it is going
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I'm glad it will show after Lost, I can watch my two ABC shows in order! But I saw a schedule for the mids-season ABC that said some goof show called 'the Unusuals' was going to air after Lost.
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Life on Mars is one of the few new shows that have interested me this season. I'm glad it's being picked up, kind of (only 4 episodes?), but sorry we won't see it again until January.
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I'm really happy to hear LOM will be paired up with LOST that's how it should have been done in the first place. Same for Eli Stone they should have just kept it as a mid-season replacement. Didn't care for Pushing Daisies.
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I can't believe they favoured this more than Daises and Stone.
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Great show lets hope that its move next to lost helps boost its profile even more and a full season pickup follows.
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At least there is some positive news today. I am glad Life on Mars is getting more episodes but am still disappointed at the demise of Pushing Daisies (and to a slightly lesser extent Eli Stone and Dirty Sexy Money). What next, I wonder.
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good news love this one
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Yeah! I'm glad this got picked up!
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so they are putting it on a two month hiatus to wait for lost??? cant wait for lost by the way... best show on television by far
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Mediocre? Please, Life on Mars UK or USA version are both better shows than Pushing Daisies/Eli Stone. Anyone who thought Daisies would last was only kidding themselves.
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Yes, Tim, this is definitely great news and you are a rock star for announcing the news here on TV.com. We were thrilled to learn of the additional episodes and the move to Wednesday night, where Life on Mars will find an audience more in keeping with the genre.
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This show is cool because I grew up in the 70,s. It,s really cool to see things I remember from back then. I,m bumed that it won,t be back on until Janurary but i,m glad it,s still going .
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I'm starting to like this show. I'm hoping the network will continue to give it a shot.
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Another great example of why American network TV seasons are just too damn long. The networks can't see shows making great original & interesting stories over what are 22-episode seasons vs. the very short foreign TV seasons. To imagine that by the time this season finishes for Life on Mars, this show will have more episodes than the original BBC (16 epidoes). Where will this story end at the end of the season?
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I love Life on Mars, very glad its staying around. I thought Eli Stone was a pretty good show too and I'm sad to see it go.
But yay for Life on Mars!!!
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I love Life On Mars and I'm glad there's going to be more episodes! I loved Eli Stone as well though and very disappointed they canceled it. Never watched dirty sexy money or Pushing Daisys so can't really comment on them.



Is it possible for another station to pick up Eli Stone?
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Apparently, UK adaptations and reality TV shows are more important than ORIGINAL TV shows here in the US.
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They cancel three good shows and keep this mediocre show on the air?
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