Life On Mars: Coming This Fall

THERE are many things that keep me awake at night.
The heat, the cold, taxis dropping people off at 4am after a night out, taxis picking people up at 4.05am for the airport.
Last night – or was that this morning? – it was this trailer (below) for the American version of Life On Mars.
(Click on pause if you want to read this first)
Hour after hour I awoke with a start, wondering what I could say about it.
It seems a long time ago that I was on the set of Life On Mars in Manchester being told about a possible US version.
The talk then was of Ally McBeal creator David E Kelley coming to visit The Railway Arms as part of his preparation.
I’m not sure he ever made it.
But he did go on to create and produce the American pilot.

Now US TV network ABC has given the go-ahead to a full series, which will air “in the fall” – at 10pm on Thursdays, to be precise.
As the LA Times reported here this week, Mr E Kelley has given up his rights to the format.
“Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg (October Road) will take over the production of Life on Mars, which will have a different mythology at its core than the original version.”
Set in 1972 Los Angeles, the American take on Life On Mars stars Jason O’Mara as Sam Tyler and Colm Meaney as Gene Hunt.
After a sleepless night, I find myself strangely attracted to the Ronan (You Say It Best) Keating School Of Blogging.
Perhaps it’s better all round if you check out the ABC trailer for yourself and then, if you be so minded, leave a comment below.
Me? I’m off to hail a cab.

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