Variety Review: Life on Mars

By BRIAN LOWRY (Variety)

Every year ABC rolls the dice on one truly first-rate pilot that breaks (or at least bends) the usual mold. "Life on Mars" is the latest gamble -- albeit one predicated on an existing template, that being a BBC drama. Splendidly cast, handsomely produced and conceptually intriguing, the network's bid to create a procedural with a twist also faces a high hurdle -- call it the "Lost" conundrum, where viewers might grow impatient for some indication as to what's really going on. So while "Mars" launches just fine, the trick will be maintaining its orbit.

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Oct 6, 2008 10:29PM EDT

I am so friggen exctied for this one!! I miss LOST and I am hoping this can fill my nerdy void until the Winter. It looks more than promising with Harvey Keitel and Michael Imperioli. They really pulled out all the stops to make it true to 1973... a great year might I ad (the year I was born). If you havent seen this clip its worth a watch-

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