Life on Mars fans petition to continue the series

Feature by Kate Blake- Admin Multipleverses

News this week that ABC is canceling the US adaptation of Life on Mars has angered many fans of the ABC series. The blog TV Series Finale has over 3100 signatures already asking that the show be continued. If you would like to show your support- click HERE and sign the petition!
Want to let ABC know how you feel about the news that your fave show has been cancelled? Send them an e-mail detailing how much you like the series, that you have watched every week and would like to see more episodes. Be polite, articulate and concise. You can send your messages through the ABC website using their contacts page- every message is forwarded to the correct people and they will be read. This is easy and allows you make your opinions heard by the right people.
CLICK HERE to contact ABC.

Personally- Life on Mars is the only show I currently watch on ABC. I will check out Nathan Fillion’s Castle- but the rest of their programming? Well Dancing with the stars is not what this fan of Chuck and Heroes watches and sorry- but American Idol wins out of a bunch of has beens and wanna be celebrities doing ballroom dancing any night of the week.

The US version of Life on Mars is smart, has humor and some outstanding supporting performances from veteran actors Harvey Keitel and Michael Imperioli. My favorite person on the show by far though is Jason O’Mara. He has brought Sam Tyler convincingly to life in the 1970s and I have enjoyed how he has shown Sam go through all of the phases of disbelief, denial, just plain rejecting his circumstances to now being at a point where he is starting to accept that this is his life in 1973 and that he needs to embrace the strangeness of his circumstances and live in the right now. I loved the recent episode where Sam stopped a man who had been abusing women and killing them more than 30 years before he was stopped in Sam’s time. He saved countless lives by his being there and not giving up on his absolute belief that the slick art dealer was an A-class scumbag killer.

Every week we get nuggets of strange and interesting factoids and points of view that are unique to Life on Mars’ Lieutenant Gene Hunt played brilliantly by Harvey Keitel. Keitel is known for his film work- having appeared in films such as The Piano , Thelma and Louise and countless others. He has made a career out playing character spots and he was exactly what was needed to bring some weight to the role of Gene Hunt. Hunt was played in the UK version by Phil Glennister and it was his portrayal that people in the UK loved so much that led to the show being revived as Ashes to Ashes which followed Gene into the 1980s. This week on the US show we got a nod to Phil as the cop bar- which made an appearance earlier in the season- was named Glennisters. Harvey Keitel’s Hunt is not a mirror to Glennister’s- it is his own interpretation of the role. I loved the episodes with Gene and his daughter and how they had to work on understanding each other and forgiving each other. Gene is a hard ass – but he cares. He cares for the people around him and he loves his city and does everything he can to make sure they are safe even when it means crossing the line.

I tune in every week to see what Michael Imperioli will do next and what he will say as Ray Carling. I have to give Michael big props for growing out the most impressive moustache on TV. He was at the New York Comic Con in January and you can see it is real. I loved Michael as Christopher on The Sopranos- but on Life on Mars I think in some ways his character is more complex than Christopher ever was. We saw some really interesting insight a few weeks back when we met his wife on screen. He complains about her- but we saw she is beautiful, talented and sweet beyond belief. I think the complaining masks a man who knows he married a woman who is way out of his league and is terrified of losing her to anyone and anything else. He is afraid of change and takes things out on “No Nuts” Annie all of the time. It isn’t that he has anything in for Annie but sees her as a symbol – he sees women on the job as a threat to his place in life as a man. This chauvanistic attitude is perfect for the time and place and his blue collar cop in the 1970s. I can see Ray today as an old gray haired guy, alone- his wife having left him long ago and his never finding anyone who can live up to her. He is at a bar with a bunch of his cronies, reminiscing about the good old days and giving Hillary Clinton the finger when she shows up on the news from Capitol Hill.

Gretchen Mol plays Annie Norris- the psychology graduate who is working as a glorified errand girl as part of the women’s brigade, assigned to the precinct and seen as a nuisance by the squad. She and Sam are drawn together because he values her intelligence and he is from a time when men and women work side by side. He is completely confused as to why she takes the abuse the men dump on her and is always including her in his investigations as a full team member. This doesn’t alwasy sit well with the rest of the team but they are coming around. Even the Lieut Hunt sees Annie’s value when they need a woman to do things a man just can’t. Where is Annie in 30 years? Well I think that when the FBI starts VICAP in the 1980s Annie- by then a detective herself in the NYPD applies and becomes a profiler and eventually moves into a position as a director with the FBI. She writes a book about her career when she retires- it becomes a huge best seller and a TV series is based upon her experiences. She never forgets Sam Tyler and meets him one day and thanks him. He of course has no idea who she is personally but knows her professionally.

If you have missed any episodes of LIFE on MARS you can watch them at ABC.com – they are available in streaming HD. Watch the last episodes of Life on Mars on Wednesday nights after LOST.

Here is the Life on Mars Starter Kit to get you into the show:

Here is the trailer for this week’s episode:

77 Comments

  • VJ
    27 Mar 2009 | Permalink |

    If ABC won’t keep this incredible show….WILL SOMEONE ELSE PLEASE STEP UP AND MAKE IT PART OF THEIR SCHEDULE!!!(Are you listening SCI-FI network.)

  • Peggy
    27 Mar 2009 | Permalink |

    I am 48 yrs old, I get the message loud and clear….ABC and their sponsors do not care about me or anyone who lived through the 70′s,so I think we should all boycott any and all of their sponsors products until we are heard and programing that entertains us gets put on the air and kept on!!!!! KEEP LIFE ON MARS ON THE AIR !!!!!!!!!!

  • Lena
    28 Mar 2009 | Permalink |

    I think the execs at ABC should be fired!! First Eli Stone, now Life on Mars? Kudos to NBC and CBS who first move time slots around before cancelling shows. Shame on you ABC. There has to be at least one smart person at ABC, they at least have Scrubs and Lost.. everything else is meaningless

  • jimmy
    29 Mar 2009 | Permalink |

    great show LEAVE IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • valerie
    30 Mar 2009 | Permalink |

    There are two types of people in the world. Those who love “Life on Mars “, and those who never heard of it. Promote the show more, and you will have more viewers.

  • MaMaMia55
    30 Mar 2009 | Permalink |

    GREAT SHOW !!!! GREAT CAST !!! GREAT MUSIC !!! GREAT CONCEPT !!!! LEAVE IT ON , PLEASE !!!!!

  • Lynn Pasquali
    30 Mar 2009 | Permalink |

    I can’t believe that this show is going to be cancelled – what’s wrong with you guys. One of the most original shows on TV. Get rid of the so-called
    reality crap and keep this on!

  • Kathy
    30 Mar 2009 | Permalink |

    My husband and I are fans of “Life on Mars”. It’s our favorite show. I think all the characters are great on it, especially Harvey Keitel, he’s my favorite. Please put the show on a different time slot and give it another chance. Look how well MASH did and it was almost cancelled.

  • Kathy
    31 Mar 2009 | Permalink |

    Pleaseeeeee don’t cancel “Life on Mars”!!!

  • melvin
    31 Mar 2009 | Permalink |

    Please keep this show on tv.

  • Armand
    1 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    Finally, a great different show enjoyed by the whole family; grandparents, parents, and children, and you want to cancel?? Where in the world do you get your survey? Everybody I met, of different ages, really enjoys this entertainment. A new survey may be needed.

  • Jack Key
    1 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    Best Show EVA!!! Dont stop it !!

  • A Muse
    1 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    Please do not cancel Life on Mars! It’s the best show on TV.

  • diane
    1 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    I cannot believe ABC is cancelling this show. It is one of the few network shows that I watch. The show is clever, has an outstanding cast, great soundtrack and is one of the most original shows of this season. Please consider giving it a second season. There is so much more that could be explored and so much more to be answered. The ending tonight just didn’t work. Give this show another season-or several more.

  • MaMaMia55
    1 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    The guy who plays Sam is a very good actor, the whole cast is great !!!! Why waste them !!!??? Shame on you ABC !!!

  • Pewa6
    2 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    Sad to see a “great show” like this just fade away! And what a ridiculous ending if you ask me. ABC, what are you going to do when LOST is over? ABC…someone should CANCEL you!!!

  • Virginia Valdez Avila
    2 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    ABC -Please do NOT cancel show LIFE ON MARS!!!

  • Ian Dunross
    3 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    Please don’t cancel Life on Mars. It is our favorite show.

  • Sabu
    3 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    Can ABC please keep a decent show on the lineup. This is the last one on your channel i still liked. it was easily watchable with family. Good music good acting and i didnt always know the ending before it was over, The one show I could count on without tons of sex and nudity. And a pox on you for canceling The Middleman too,
    another good one on ABC Family.

  • Steve
    5 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    Absurd to cancel this wonderful show! We are not big TV watchers, but this one hooked us….please bring it back!

  • matthew ries
    6 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    what a shame to cancell….the one show i look foward to watch. guess another stupid reality show will fill its spot. ABC’s downfall on this show was advertising. my friends never heard of it untill i talked about it and now they are hooked. guess they get disapointed it has ended too.

  • nancy
    7 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    abc i can’t believe you ended a great show like life on mars!!!i considered not watching the few episodes that were left because i wanted to remember how great the show was. when i watched the last episodes i actually got a little teary eyed. the characters were so believable. that’s a tribute to great acting. please reconsider and bring it back. it can still be done. give the show a chance.

  • sharon
    7 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    us babyboomers loved this show. you left us with nothing good to watch. i’am very disappointed with abc and how many times they have done this. please bring back life on mars. it was the greatest show on the air that never had a chance.

  • Julie
    19 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    I thoroughly enjoyed this show I was totally hooked. I would watch this show on my lap top with anticipation every week. I grew to love the cast and the twist of the show. And the music was unbelievable and fit with the scenes that were happening on the segment. Please do not cancel this phenomenal show and cast how can you not fall in love with Sam and Annie and Gene and Ray as tough NYPD chauvinistic pigs in that time era when women had less equal opportunities. I would love to buy the first series and possibly the second series when it comes up for sale in September 09. But truth be told it would be more appreciated if it just continues to be on the air. I believe that if you would run the show from the beginning and promote it more through commercials and with a good time slot you would find that people would bring up the ratings for it to continue. Its amazing how the show Lost gets so much advertising and the show has continued to air. Great writers and great time and imagination was put into this show it would be a shame for it to be dropped.
    Sincerely Julie from Hamilton Ohio.

  • 23 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    ABC Please Reconsider your wanting to take this show off the air. I don’t care if you have to rename it to bring it back. This is a awsome show. It started out a little slow, but I watched faithfully every week and can say that I laughed at least 1 time a wk. watching this show. Please give another shot. How can you take something off the air after only 1 season based on ratings. Wouldn’t you at least wait 2 seasons or change the day or time it is on to see if it gets better following. I can say that to my Lom is better than Private Practice. That took awhile for me to start to watch, I just didn’t feel it was as good as Greys, yet you still have PP on and have taken off Lom. Please Reconsider.

  • Cyndi
    24 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    Come on ABC….We loved Life of Mars…its the most creative show yet. Tired of the same ole cop shows…this was excellent.

  • annie125
    28 Apr 2009 | Permalink |

    Help save Life on Mars!!! Visit http://www.saveoursam.com and join the fan-based community that is working to keep the show on the air. With over 500 members joining since the last episode ran, and over 16,000 viewers in this online petition,
    there is a large following for this show. Make you voice heard and help keep LOM on tv

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