According to a report from Variety, TV time-travel drama “Life On Mars” has been canceled by ABC after one year, but with a unique twist to ending the series.

ABC has decided to allow the show to keep it on until the end of the current run, allowing the show’s core mystery to finish up, giving “Life On Mars” a one-of-a-kind chance to wrap up it’s overarching story with a proper ending. There are five more episodes of “Life on Mars”, with the final episode scheduled to air April 1st, until it’s replaced with the previously-announced “The Unusuals”.

Based on the BBC series of the same name, “Life on Mars” was first developed for adaptation in 2007 and centers on a cop, played by Jason O’Mara, who suddenly finds himself transported back to the 1970s after being hit by a car, where the rules of being a cop are dramatically different from what he’s used to and there are signs all around him that things might not be what they seem, especially as he becomes embroiled in a case that begins to resemble one he was investigating in the present. The show also stars Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy, Micheal Imperioli, and Gretchen Mol.

Despite network and fan approval of the show, network executives report that ratings didn’t warrant a second season of the show, which is a combination of science fiction, drama, and police procedural.

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By Costa Koutsoutis (Source: Variety)

Life on Mars Cast Photo
Life on Mars Cast Photo
9 thoughts on “Life On Mars Cancelled”
  1. this is totally stupid!

    why would they cancel a good show like this?

    I tell ya abc doesnt give good shows a chance then they replace them with stupid garbage that

    nobody wants to watch!

    fuck abc its run by stupid retards who dont know how to keep a good show on the air.

    we’ll miss you life on mars.

  2. I’m disappointed in the passing of LOM. When i saw it was the SERIES finale in 2 weeks, i was angry. I’m tired of the drival that the networks air, especially ABC…Reality TV? WHo gives a rip?

  3. Frankly, I’m getting tired of every good show I watch getting cancelled. This is about the 5th or 6th one in the past year. What ABC, or other network, executives see in all these idiotic reality shows is completely beyond me. Makes sense, though…I’ve read where viewers like it; that even the networks like it, but that network executives made the decision to cancel it. Executive decision….what more needs to be said?….other than once again they’ve made an incorrect decision.

  4. I have never written to a network before to tell them not to cancel a show before, but this time I AM! My favorite show on TV that I actually LOOK FOWARD to watching… they cancel! Great, now what are they going to replace it with? A bunch of people eating bugs for money?!?! Idiots….

  5. If ABC doesn’t think the ratings were good enough for LOM, they need to relook into their system because their is a terrible flaw in the system. Everyone I know Loves LOM. They didn’t even try to advertise it….STUPID STUPID. Like someone said we’re left with crap.

  6. Just in case anyone’s wondering, the reason networks keep absolutely stupid reality shows on while cancelling brilliant dramatic or comic stories is a simple cost/benefit analysis. Reality shows cost very little to make. Just point a camera at a few intellectually challenged narcissists. Dramas are expensive to produce. Two equally rated shows will generate roughly equal advertising revenue. Therefore, a crappy reality show will generate a larger profit margin than a drama with equal ratings, regardless of the critical response to the latter.

    Networks produce three items of value to the public: News, Sports, and Entertainment. Since the most reliable news (in the U.S.) comes from publicly-funded broadcasating oulets (PBS, NPR, etc.), and since I’d rather quarterback in a pick-up game at the park than from my armchair, the only reason for me to change the channel to the major networks is for entertainment.

    Until tonight, ABC provided exactly two hours of that a week, with LOST + Life on Mars. Now it’s down to the one hour. Thank goodness LOST’s ratings generate enough $$$ for the ABC execs, because they obviously are only interested in one kind of value, and it ain’t good art.;)

    On a final note, the fictional-universe-changing finale to Life on Mars tonight was STELLAR. I DARE them to bring the show back* with the “new rules” of the story arc. That would be a LOST-caliber story.

    * I know, they won’t. :(

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