ABC Trims The Daisies, But Likes Life On Mars

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:17 am,

life on mars on abc 01 ABC Trims The Daisies, But Likes Life On MarsYes, they found glaciers on Mars that might contain genetic fragments of past microbial life and possible air samples from it’s past.  That’s cool to me.  But that’s not this site.  Sorry.  If you’re looking for the scientific stuff, check it out on Reuters.

But if you’re a TV fan then you may know (or not) that Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone and Dirty Sexy Money have gone before the ratings executioner and lost.  After their initial order of 13 episodes are aired, the shows are done.

On the other hand, Life On Mars, starring Jason O’Mara has moved forward with an extra four episodes getting ordered and is sliding in behind Lost on Wednesday nights starting January 28th.  This looks to be a strong combination of shows for the evening.  Right now it follows Grey’s Anatomy, but isn’t doing as excellent as they think it should.  So they’re slapping Private Practice in behind Grey’s, and putting Life on Mars behind Lost.

How fitting.  Two twisted-plots-of-time shows together while the two emotionally overfilled medical shows fill out a shift of time.  This should either do well for everyone involved, or just plain implode.

Life on Mars had it’s final episode for the season last week, and like all the shows we seem to all like, it’s getting a two month hiatus.  Almost everyone to a tee, no matter what show you watch, is fairly frustrated with this time lapse.

BTW: Life On Mars is up for a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New TV Show.”.

In case you didn’t know, Life on Mars is an adaptation or remake of the BBC show of the same title starring John Simm and Philip Glenister and ABC’s is described as:

It’s 1973.  NYPD Detective Sam Tyler (Jason O’Mara) finds himself in the cultural hotbed of New York City in the tumultuous times of the Vietnam War, Watergate, women’s lib and the civil and gay rights movements – without a cell phone, computer, PDA or MP3 player — suddenly hurtled back in time when he’s ripped from 2008 after being hit by a car while chasing down a criminal. He’s trying mightily to understand what has just happened to him and how he can get back “home.”

That would drive me absolutely crazy to have to depend on pay phones again.  And have to read newspapers?  Egads…  how’d they survive through it all?  Well, the 2nd time through, I’d know where to slap my money in the stock market!!!

Source:  Zap2It, ABC, BBC

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  1. I saw the first episode of this then lost track of it. I still don’t understand the MARS reference. Are they talking about the Military Affiliate Radio System or is it because he’s in “A stranger in a strange land” situation?

  2. The only show I care about is Terminator. While it sometimes is mundane it’s got me hooked and I don’t want it taken to the Fox chainsaw.

  3. My guess: A stranger makes more sense.

  4. Aw, my family loved Pushing Daisies.

    *Tsk tsk tsk* There’s just not much to watch on TV anymore is there.

  5. -hyperventilates- NOT…DAISIES! I think I have like the same issues Rogue in X-men had in which I…suck the…life out of things…no? Not funny? I’ll stop now. ANYWAY, I feel like when I get into a show, the network’s all “PSYCH!” and they cancel it.

  6. First poster,
    in the BBC show the track Life On Mars was playing when Sam Tyler was sent back into 1975.
    I have the BBC show and its spin off, Ashes To Ashes (S1) and hold them both with high regards! Espeically LOM. To anyone who has watched both series, how is the US remake?
    Worth watching or stick to the original?

  7. I have now finally lost all hope for TV. Pushing Daisies was the only saving grace for Television, and the only show I looked forward to!

    When the fall line up started I looked forward to about twelve shows, squeezing in as much time needed to watch them, I soon dumped Heroes, Terminator (No hard feelings Dave Fernandes), My Own Worst Enemy, House, Fringe, Boston Legal, and Crusoe. That left five shows that I remotely cared about, one being Eli Stone, and my favorite: Pushing Daisies. What started as the biggest TV line-up in five years became the biggest joke on TV. And now it seems that the Game/Reality show mania has finally caught up with ABC.

    I suppose that Pushing Daisies will have to go down into the ‘Golden Archives’ along side Firefly.

  8. I grew to like Eli Stone recently and thought it was pretty well written. Same with DSM, although I only caught one episode of it. Pushing Daisies was good, but I never got into it. All in all, decent shows I thought would become ABC regulars. Guess I will never make it as a TV exec…

    Life on Mars: I like it, sort of. They resolved the backstory with his dad last week and that mystery isn’t going to span the entire series (Thank God!). That was very well done in my opinion and I expect his dad will be a recurring figure in the show now (not to spoil what happened).

    Honestly though, if you had told me LOM would get renewed and the other three shows were getting canned, I wouldn’t have believed it…

  9. SockMonkey: House has gotten back on track with his usual taciturn ‘tude as opposed to how he was stalking everyone!

    I never caught on to Daisies. It felt like an adult version of Dr. Seuss from all the colors, and I was never drawn into it.

  10. A shame for Pushing Daises. I watched the first episode and it touched me in a weird sense. It had something of a Tim Burton feel to it. I wanted to watch it when I had more time, too bad it got canceled :(

  11. Bruce Simmons:
    House may have gotten back on track with his witty insults, but the show is almost the same thing every time: House tells his people how to treat the patient; who by the way has some shocking secret, they disagree and try something else, House finds some outside influence that helps him find a cure for the patient; i.e. a gold ring falls on the floor causing House to think that his patient is being poisoned by gold, but not before exposing their controversial secret to their spouses or family, House then tells his subordinates that they’re all idiots.

    Granted this doesn’t happen every time, but the general synopsis is the same. And to get to House’s witticism you have to sit through forty-five minutes of drama and forced controversial aspects.

    And as for Pushing Daisies the “adult version of Dr. Seuss” (Bruce) and the “Time Burton feel” (Steven) gave it its charm. Not to mention the fast paced clean British-like humor the show was filled with made the show enjoyable to all ages. It’s so sad that television doesn’t have more shows like Pushing Daisies, and even more sad that the one great show on TV is coming to an end.

  12. Sock: I get what you’re saying about the format of each epi of House, but if you really break it down, I find I have to ignore that format for most every show I watch, and rather focus on the differing details of the plot or subplot…

    But yes… I totally get that.

  13. What do mean no more Eli Stone??!?? I thought that show was hilarious. I’m gonna miss it.