LIFE ON MARS CHANNELS THE SPIRIT OF THE '70S (AND THE BBC ORIGINAL)!
ZAP2IT HAS A NICE REVIEW AND INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST AND CREW OF THE AMERICAN VERSION OF LIFE ON MARS SET TO PREMIER THURSDAY NIGHT.
If you're going to remake a show that was a big hit in another country and has a cult following in this one, it probably helps to have fans of the original at the helm.
That's what ABC got when it hired the team of Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg to take the reins of its new show Life on Mars. Based on the BBC hit about a present-day cop named Sam Tyler (Jason O'Mara) who gets hit by a car and wakes up in 1973, the series premieres Thursday night after taking a long and winding road to the air.
Appelbaum, Nemec and Rosenberg -- who all worked together on ABC's October Road -- came aboard the show after David E. Kelley (Boston Legal), who owned rights to the show wrote a pilot script set in Los Angeles, agreed to step aside. The new showrunners then recast every regular role except O'Mara's and moved the show from L.A. to New York. But through all the changes, Appelbaum says, they kept the vision of the BBC show in mind.
"The only thing we set out to do was to honor the spirit of that show, which was really extraordinary," Appelbaum says. "... We're doing the U.S. version -- what speaks to the 1973 cop show? I don't know what's more evocative than 1973 New York."
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