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Life on Mars

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Patrick Harbron

10-11 PM · ABC · Debuts Oct. 9

CONCEPT Contemporary cop (Jason O’Mara) is hit by a car and then somehow transported back to 1973 to fight crime, with all the culture- and technology-shock (no CSI crews here) that implies.
THE SCOOP This adaptation of a British hit has had a rocky start, with producer David E. Kelley dropping out and the pilot getting reshot and almost completely recast (with more familiar faces like Lisa Bonet). But with The Sopranos‘ Michael Imperioli on board as O’Mara’s crass, pre-PC colleague and Harvey Keitel (as O’Mara’s hard-nosed boss) making his debut as a TV regular, executive producer Josh Appelbaum is jazzed about ”the opportunity to tell a cop story without the forensics and the CGI and the fibers and the trace elements. You really have to focus on the characters and why they confess or why they lie.”
BOTTOM LINE
The British show, which aired here on BBC America, was a hoot; let’s hope the U.S. version — which ABC hasn’t made available yet — doesn’t make us holler.