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"Life on Mars" (2008) More at IMDbPro »TV series 2008-2009

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Writers:
Scott Rosenberg (developed for American television by)
Josh Appelbaum (developed for American television by)
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
2008 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Back in the nick of time
Plot:
A present-day car accident mysteriously sends a detective back to the 1970s. An American remake of the BBC series. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent on Both Sides of the Pond See more (83 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 37)

Jason O'Mara ... Detective Sam Tyler (17 episodes, 2008-2009)

Michael Imperioli ... Detective Ray Carling (17 episodes, 2008-2009)

Gretchen Mol ... Annie Norris (17 episodes, 2008-2009)

Jonathan Murphy ... Detective Chris Skelton (17 episodes, 2008-2009)

Harvey Keitel ... Lieutenant Gene Hunt (17 episodes, 2008-2009)

Greg D'Agostino ... Detective (17 episodes, 2008-2009)

Chris Miskiewicz ... Detective / ... (14 episodes, 2008-2009)

John Cenatiempo ... Sizable Ted (13 episodes, 2008-2009)

Dominick Mancino ... Detective (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
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Series Directed by
Michael Katleman (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Darnell Martin (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alex Zakrzewski (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Writing credits
Josh Appelbaum (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
André Nemec (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Scott Rosenberg (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Matthew Graham (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tony Jordan (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ashley Pharoah (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Meredith Averill (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Adele Lim (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tracy McMillan (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Bryan Oh (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sonny Postiglione (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Phil M. Rosenberg (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Wilcox (3 episodes, 2008-2009)

Series Produced by
Josh Appelbaum .... executive producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jane Featherstone .... executive producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Stephen Garrett .... executive producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Becky Hartman Edwards .... consulting producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Michael Katleman .... co-executive producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Adele Lim .... supervising producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
André Nemec .... executive producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jane Raab .... producer / line producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Paul Rabwin .... associate producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Scott Rosenberg .... executive producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Wilcox .... co-executive producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Original Music by
Peter Nashel (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Cinematography by
Frank Prinzi (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Craig DiBona (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Film Editing by
Regis Kimble (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lawrence A. Maddox (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kevin D. Ross (4 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Casting by
Bonnie Finnegan (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Steven Jacobs (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Production Design by
Stephen Hendrickson (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Art Direction by
Darrell K. Keister (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alison Ford (4 episodes, 2009)

Natalie Richards (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Alexandra Mazur (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Costume Design by
Wallace G. Lane Jr. (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Abigail Murray (3 episodes, 2008)

Genevieve Tyrrell (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Robert Fama .... hair department head / department head hair / ... (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sherri Berman Laurence .... key makeup artist (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Claus Lulla .... makeup department head / makeup artist / ... (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Joanna Klein .... makeup intern (3 episodes, 2008)

Elizabeth Villamarin .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Joseph Zolfo .... unit production manager (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lori Slomka .... post-production supervisor / post production supervisor (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Garland .... second assistant director (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jono Oliver .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Joseph Aspromonti .... second second assistant director (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jason Graham .... second assistant director (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jamiyl Campbell .... dga trainee (7 episodes, 2008)
Stuart Feldman .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 2009)
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 2008)

Philip A. Patterson .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Chris DeTitta .... leadman (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mike Kearns .... carpenter foreman (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ross La Terra .... set dresser (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Don O'Reilly .... assistant props master (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kevin L. Raper .... graphic designer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Wolf-Dieter Stoeffelmeier .... scenic (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Greg Sullivan .... charge scenic artist (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sophia Vasilakis .... scenic shop manager (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Greg Hagler .... construction coordinator (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jim Lillis .... property master (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kelli Eva Ellis .... art department production assistant (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kai Wai Cheng .... on-set construction grip (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Almitra Corey .... art department coordinator (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Matthew Rignanese .... art department (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ola Maslik .... assistant art director (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
James Klotsas .... props (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ken Goodstein .... props (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Andrew Spagnoli .... props (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mandie DeMeskey .... props (6 episodes, 2009)
Tessa Brophy .... art department coordinator (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Emily Beck .... assistant art director (5 episodes, 2008)
Doug Coleman .... props (4 episodes, 2008)
Stephanie Armstrong .... props (3 episodes, 2008)
Shane Ingersoll .... art department production assistant (2 episodes, 2008)

Robert Dean .... construction coordinator (unknown episodes)
Miehe .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Ashton Politanoff .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Steven M. Saylor .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Lisa Vasconcellos .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Rick Hinson .... sound designer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Matt Hovland .... sound recordist (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tom Nelson .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Terry O'Bright .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Keith Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Torres .... foley mixer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tim Chilton .... foley artist (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Randal S. Thomas .... dialogue editor (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Joel D. Catalan .... sound recordist (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jason Stasium .... Pro Tools operator / sound utility (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
William Hinson .... sound effects editor (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (3 episodes, 2008)
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York (2 episodes, 2008)

Antony Bayman .... adr recordist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Matt Vogel .... special effects coordinator (17 episodes, 2008-2009)

John P. Cazin .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Andy Simonson .... visual effects coordinator (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Paul Stemmer .... visual effects editor (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Migs Rustia .... visual effects editor (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Danny S. Kim .... visual effects (6 episodes, 2008)
Greg M. Silverman .... rotoscope artist / visual effects / ... (4 episodes, 2009)
Michael S. Pryor .... visual effects producer: Laser Pacific (3 episodes, 2008)
Jason Wilson .... visual effects artist (2 episodes, 2008)

Brandon Flyte .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Steve Rizzo .... stunt double: Jason O'Mara / assistant stunt coordinator (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
John Cenatiempo .... stunt coordinator (7 episodes, 2008)
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunts / safety diver (6 episodes, 2008)
Danny Aiello III .... stunts (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jared Burke .... stunts / stunt double (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Vince Cupone .... stunts (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Bob Colletti .... stunt double (5 episodes, 2008)
Maggie Macdonald .... stunt driver / stunt performer / ... (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tim Lajcik .... stunt driver / stunt performer (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Shumbris .... stunt double: Dean Winters / stunt double: Dean Winters (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jon Trosky .... stunt rigger / stunts (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Cort Hessler .... stunt driver (2 episodes, 2008)
Christopher Place .... stunts (2 episodes, 2008)
Tracey Ruggiero .... stunt double / stunt double: Gretchen Mol (2 episodes, 2008)
Derrick Simmons .... stunts (2 episodes, 2008)
Donald John Hewitt .... stunts (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Russell Engels .... chief lighting technician / gaffer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Richard Guinness Jr. .... key grip (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Timothy Healy .... electrician (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Stephen Kozlowski .... second assistant camera: A camera (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jeff Panessa .... grip (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sandy Hays .... Steadicam operator / camera operator / ... (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Philip Kathrens .... rigging electrician (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Gregory Principato .... first assistant camera (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Leigh Rathner .... second assistant camera (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Cristian Trova .... first assistant camera (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Adriana Brunetto-Lipman .... additional camera loader (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Michelle Coughlan .... additional camera loader (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Rob Harlow .... dolly grip / grip (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jeff Niggemeyer .... electrician (9 episodes, 2009)
Dominique Caron .... electrician (8 episodes, 2009)
Donald Russell .... additional camera operator / camera operator (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Nathan Gabriel Lopez .... camera loader (7 episodes, 2008)
Brent Poleski .... best boy (7 episodes, 2008)
Evan C. Newell .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Peter Kantor .... grip (5 episodes, 2009)
Doug Brantner .... electrician (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Giesbrecht .... still photographer (4 episodes, 2008)
Dan Kubicek .... electrician (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Howard Davidson .... grip (3 episodes, 2008)
David J. Thompson .... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator (3 episodes, 2008)
Nick Maczka .... grip (3 episodes, 2009)
Colin Oberschmidt .... lighting technician (2 episodes, 2008)
Cai Hall .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 2009)

Richard Barrera .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Porfirio Dominguez .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Grg Magidow .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Alfredo Rosado .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Charles Schner .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Fulton Singleton .... grip (unknown episodes)
Michael Stumpf .... Steadicam operator / camera operator: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Carl A. Vidnic .... electrician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Robb Fitzgerald .... extras casting assistant (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kendra Castleberry .... original casting (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Donna Rosenstein .... original casting (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Heather Hurley .... casting associate / casting associate: US (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lucy Pho .... extras casting director (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Bonnie Finnegan .... casting by / casting: New York (3 episodes, 2008)
Steven Jacobs .... casting by / casting: New York (3 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ghilaine Bouadana .... key costumer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Vanessa Nirode .... tailor (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Diana J. Collins .... wardrobe supervisor (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Rachel Leek .... wardrobe supervisor (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lynne Maureen Curtis .... wardrobe supervisor / costume supervisor (3 episodes, 2008)
Debbe DuPerrieu .... additional set costumer (3 episodes, 2009)

Heidi Higginbotham .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Terri Middleton .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Lorie Shew .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Andy Visser .... additional costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Victoria Anderson .... colorist assistant (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
William Chetwynd .... conform editor (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Chris Gennarelli .... colorist: high definition dailies (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Marion Grau .... final colorist (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Richie Roefaro .... colorist assistant (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Stephen Bowman .... post-production assistant / post production assistant / ... (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Angela Jackson .... assistant editor (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kurt Courtland .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 2009)
Susan J. Vinci .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2009)
Jim Thomson .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Music Department
Darrell Alexander .... music producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Brian Deming .... music score mixer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Andy Farber .... orchestrator (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Dan Marocco .... composer: additional music (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alexandra Patsavas .... music supervisor (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Zed Starkovich .... music editor (17 episodes, 2008-2009)

Budd Carr .... music supervisor (unknown episodes)
Nora Felder .... music supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Jimmy Nugent .... transportation captain (13 episodes, 2008-2009)

J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (unknown episodes)
Don Violett .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Lauren Butler .... assistant production coordinator (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Paul Cabbad .... assistant: producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sheila Iniego .... production assistant (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jason Kadlec .... location scout (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Matt Lamb .... location manager (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Stephanie Lane .... production accountant (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shawn Fulton Lucas .... stand-in: Michael Imperioli (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Bryan Oh .... executive story editor (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Greg Outcalt .... production coordinator (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Camilla Plummer .... payroll accountant (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sonny Postiglione .... story editor (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Samantha Treiber .... production assistant (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Joanna Klein .... location coordinator / location assistant / ... (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Wellington Lee .... location scout (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Joseph Perron-Kozar .... office production assistant (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Abigail Hansen .... production assistant (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Matthew Monaco .... second assistant accountant (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mathew Noack .... location assistant (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
Greg Sucharew .... production assistant (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kim Justice .... production secretary (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Gina Cassesse .... production assistant / Production Assistant (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Russ Klein .... staff production assistant (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jerome Butler .... dialect coach (9 episodes, 2009)
Erin Death .... location coordinator (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Amanda Foley .... assistant location manager (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kristen Vincent .... assistant: producers (6 episodes, 2008)
Anastasia Heuer .... production intern (6 episodes, 2009)
Shane B. Scott .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Christopher McDonnell .... location assistant (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ramel Sherman .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Nicholas Williams .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2009)
Melissa Kalbfus .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kim Berner .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 2008)
Diane Hounsell .... script supervisor / additional script supervisor (3 episodes, 2009)
Cliff Fuller .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2008)
Patrick Ng .... production intern (2 episodes, 2008)
Martha Pinson .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2008)
Bev Reese .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2008)
RJ Konner .... stand-in (2 episodes, 2009)

Billy Gooch .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 2008)
Michael G. Cruz .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Gabi Endicott .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Nina Findley .... office production assistant (unknown episodes)
Cindy J. Gray .... production office coordinator (unknown episodes)
Dylan Hart .... office production assistant (unknown episodes)
Don Mann .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Michael Mann .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Jeffrey Keith Negus .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Michael Percival .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Kristen Portanova .... assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Frederick Reese .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
George J. Tasch III .... key assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Catherine Petra Villalobos .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The original BBC series took its name from the David Bowie song, "Life on Mars".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Green and white street signs can frequently be seen. These colors were not introduced in NYC until the mid-1980s.See more »
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Excellent on Both Sides of the Pond, 31 January 2010
Author: steve e from United States

Having never heard of this show prior to its debut on ABC, I absolutely loved the American version. After a few episodes, the characters really developed, and the actors seemed to gel more than in the start. A lot of humor involved Michael Imperioli and Keitel condescending women's rights and confused by 'Spaceman's' current attitudes that we take as common sense.

The British version is obviously amazing, but it's two separate countries, so the issues and slang used (along with the scenery), are very different. To be honest, I didn't understand a lot of the references in the British version. I wasn't even alive in the 70s. I am almost positive a lot went over my head in the American version as well. The basic premise, the hallucinations, and character names are really the few things both have in common. The idea of a re-make is to improve something that was done poorly yet remained popular (usually a cult classic) or alter a successful idea to reach new audiences, not produce a carbon copy. Ricky Gervais understood that concept when bringing us the Office. Even today, his characters evolve yet maintain his original, core personalities, yet that may be due to his current involvement as producer and writer.

From reading the other reviews, I believe it was impossible for fans of the original to view the American version as something attuned to our history. The anger seemed more directed at Americans for even attempting this version, not its content, the sharp, sarcastic dialog (after the growing pains), or the humor in the ideals held a mere thirty years ago. Be that as it may, the outcry was heard and new fans of the series were stripped of a potential classic before it had a chance to develop into its beautiful and savvy predecessor. Sometimes the translation is lost on its way overseas (like Coupling), but I do not think that was the case here. Every week I was eager for a new episode. Every week I laughed and got more involved with the growing complexities within each character. Due to this, the final episode will infuriate just about everyone. It was an idea meant to be led to slowly and with a lot of misdirection, yet the cancellation sped us to the "wow" moment too quickly. It became a moment of confusion, instead of revelation.

I would advise purchasing either version and cranking the volume. Otherwise, you're not going to hear the music over your own laughing and voiced epiphanies. Both soundtracks are stellar, and half the fun is guessing at the end of the series like with Lost, and I promise, you will fail as soon as you start trying.

Both versions have a place in my heart. Enjoy them!

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