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New fall TV season imports hits from afar and attracts big-screen directors.
Jan 31, 2007
Pilots: The British are coming
Colin Mahan

Last season, the success of ABC's Lost spawned a rash of serial dramas. ABC's The Nine, Six Degrees, and Daybreak, NBC's Kidnapped, CW's Runaway, and Fox's Vanished are kaput, and only NBC's Heroes and CBS' Jericho stand. Life on Mars." link="/life-on-mars/show/51334/summary.html"> This season, the networks are importin...

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ABC's legal dramedy given fifth season after creator David E. Kelley leverages rights to Life on Mars.
May 12, 2008
Boston Legal returning to court

Boston Legal will be back for a fifth season, but it wasn't easy.

The legal dramedy from superproducer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) was given another season by ABC, but its future had to do with the promise of another show and not its own, according to Variety.

Kelley owns the rights to the show Life on Mars, which ABC dearly wants to see in its lineup. The producer stood his ground and allegedly told ABC that if it wants Mars, it's going to have to green-light another season of Boston Legal. That's what we call hardball, folks.

Under the terms of the agreement, Kelley will stick with Boston Legal, depart Mars, and hand over the reigns to Mars to ABC. The network is expected to install producers from October Road to handle show-running duties on Life on Mars.

Boston Legal was not considered a lock for ...

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David E. Kelley time-cop drama adds What About Brian actress as female lead.
Feb 03, 2007
Lefevre tries out Life on Mars

Rachelle Lefevre has landed the female lead in Life on Mars, playing a detective in David E. Kelley's drama pilot for ABC.

Life on Mars is based on the BBC series and centers on a detective who finds himself transported back to 1972 after his girlfriend has been kidnapped. Lefevre will play the lone female in the 1972 police department, who forges a mystic bond with the mysterious detective and teams with him to track a serial killer.

Lefevre has had a recurring role on ABC's series What About Brian.

In other pilot casting news:

--Justice co-star Rebecca Mader has landed a co-starring role on ABC's drama pilot Mr. and Mrs. Smith, based on the 2005 feature starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The pilot revolves around John and Jane (Jordana Brewster) Smith, a married couple who are spies. Mader, who appeared in The Devil Wears Prada ...

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Level 57 member more_ncis_now talks to TV.com about the role of being a TV.com moderator, the differences between British and American television, and her favorite emblem.
Dec 05, 2008
Lights, Camera, Community: more_ncis_now

TV.com user more_ncis_now's name pretty much says it all... She loves crime shows. But she also loves comedies, dramas, and game shows, and as a American-television fan living in the UK, is always looking for an audience to discuss the merits of stateside TV.

Ally McBeal creator will bring British sci-fi cop show across the pond.
Mar 28, 2006
Earth to ABC: Kelley preps Mars attack

Boston Legal creator David E. Kelley is going back in time with an ABC project based on the BBC's 2006 sci-fi crime drama Life on Mars.

The show, targeted for fall 2007, follows the exploits of a 21st-century detective who, following a car crash, mysteriously finds himself working as a cop in the 1970s.

Kelley is set to write the pilot script and to executive-produce the pilot. It marks his first stab at the crime-drama genre since the short-lived 1999 series Snoops, also on ABC.

Life on Mars, named after the David Bowie song, debuted on BBC 1 on January 9 with an initial run of eight episodes. It stars John Simm.

Kelley's other credits include The Practice and Ally McBeal.

TV.com reviews Sky One's upcoming drama, Mad Dogs.
Feb 10, 2011
Mad Dogs: British Drama Let Off The Leash
Sky One's upcoming drama, starring Philip Glenister and John Simm, reunites big stars but doesn't shine bright.
It is not the first time that the US has overhauled a classic and successful Australian or UK comedy to cater for the American audience, which apparently will reject anything that's not home-grown.
Oct 27, 2010
Is a US remake of Wilfred barking up the wrong tree?

Hit Aussie comedy Wilfred is the latest series to get an American adaptation, joining the likes of Kath & Kim, The Office, Being Human and Life on Mars.

The American version of Life on Mars takes the place of hit drama True Blood in FX's winter schedule, starting this October.
Aug 13, 2009
FX lands Life on Mars remake
The network channel that brought us Dexter, NCIS and Burn Notice has added Life on Mars to its long list of American acquisitions today, having successfully secured the exclusive UK rights.
DCI Gene Hunt and the team are back this Monday with a new series of popular drama Ashes to Ashes.
Apr 17, 2009
Ashes to Ashes adds a year

The Life on Mars spin-off moves on a year when it returns to BBC One this Monday.

The second series takes the detective team from 1981 to 1982 where they are faced with corruption, deceit and increasing levels of crime.

Philip Glenister, who recently starred in ITV1's supernatural drama Demons, returns as DCI Hunt alongside DI Alex Drake, played by Keeley Hawes, who is still stuck in the 1980s.

Talking about what's in store for his character Glenister says in a statement: "In this series of Ashes to Ashes Gene is still out there being a maverick, but what I always say about him is that, while he bends the rules, he never breaks them."

"There is a police corruption theme running throughout the series so it does feel darker than series one," he continued; "the corruption breeds a lack of trust and coherence which is unbalancing for ...

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Scorsese film about legendary songman wins top honors at Canadian awards show.
Jun 13, 2006
Bob Dylan documentary wins big at Banff awards

Martin Scorsese's 2005 documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan was the big winner at the 27th Banff Rockie Awards on Monday night, taking home the grand prize and the arts documentary prize at the Banff World Television Festival.

Scorsese's Dylan chronicle, which aired on the BBC and on public television in the United States, was chosen by an international jury led by chair Loren Mawhinney, a Canadian producer.

For the second straight year, British producers grabbed the bulk of trophies, beating out US producers during their traditional Banff Rockie award shoot-out.

British independent producers came away with seven Banff Rockie awards in all, either for programs the British produced on their own or as part of co-productions.

BBC 2's Extras: Kate Winslet grabbed the trophy for comedy, while BBC's Life on Mars earned the continuing series prize. And BBC 3's Mischief: A Dirty Weekend in ...

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Welcome to the Life on Mars guide at TV.com. A detective chief inspector from 2006 is investigating a serial killer when he is knocked over by a speeding car. Waking up, he finds himself apparently in 1973. Is he mad, in a coma, or has he travelled back in time? Initially struggling to come to terms with his situation, Sam Tyler has to come to terms with the old-fashioned technology and attitudes of the day, convinced that, if he can find out how he came to be trapped in the past, he can find the way home. The actor John Simm described the show as "a cross between Back to the Future and The Sweeney". It makes effective use of the disorientation of the unwitting time-traveller while taking a post-modern romp through 1970s fashions and technologies, with due tribute paid to the classic police dramas of the day, to fashion a truly unique programme. A sequel series, Ashes to Ashes, followed in 2008.moreless