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An Out-of-this-World 'Life on Mars' Series Finale

Spoilers Included Fans of ABC's Life on Mars were treated to one of the most wildly original and daring series finales in TV history. In recent years we've seen Six Feet Under kill everyone off , The Sopranos cut to black and Battlestar Galactica jump 150,000 years into the future. But Life on Mars topped all of those. Detective Sam Tyler was hit by a car in 2008 and woke up in 1973, unsure of how he came to be there. His season-long journey to go back home finally reached its end in the final scene of the series when Sam woke up and returned to his reality. It might not sound shocking, but the twist came when Sam's present was revealed to be 2035. It turns out the entire series was just a simulation Sam was going through on the two-year journey of the first manned mission to Mars in 2035. After hugging his boss, the screen glitched and he emerged from his space pod alongside his fellow astronauts, all of whom were the characters from his simulated life. It turned out his simulation was supposed to take place in 2008, but a computer error shifted him to 1973 with all of his 2008 memories. As far as science fiction goes, this was a truly audacious twist that catapulted a good series into either greatness or pure trash, depending on your point of view. But how can anyone not love the cute futuristic joke about President Obama being unable to say hello because she and her sister had to visit their sick father in Chicago? That's right, in 2035, either Sasha or Malia is the president. In hindsight, the twist beautifully fits into everything we've seen. Throughout the entire series, others have called Sam space man and his favorite childhood toy was a rocket ship. At the time, this just seemed like slang for a crazy person, but now all of those little pieces make sense. Ironically, we owe this brilliant finale to ABC for canceling the show early. Sometimes shows are canceled after they've finished filming, meaning they're never able to adequately conclude. Pushing Daisies , for example, still has three unaired episodes that won't appear until the DVD is released in July, and even then, the episodes were all filmed before the show was canceled. ABC's early cancellation of Life on Mars gave the show's writers a chance to end it definitively, and revealing that the entire series was a simulation did just that. The audacity of pulling the rug out from viewers' expectations and the stunningly beautiful science fiction tone of the first mission to Mars helped to make the Life on Mars series finale something fans won't soon forget. Source here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - Featured

* Pedro (8 pm/ET MTV ) No Real World alum has had a more lasting impact than San Francisco cast member Pedro Zamora (1972-94), one of the first openly gay HIV-positive men to appear on national television. After being diagnosed with the disease at age 17, he dedicated the rest of his entirely too-short life raising AIDS awareness among young people. This touching biographical docudrama chronicles the extraordinary life of the man who helped humanize the disease and vowed to "keep the cameras going every step of the way, no matter how bad it gets." * I Get That a Lot (8 pm/ET CBS) This just in: Jeff Probst quits Survivor to work at a supermarket, while Heidi Klum indulges a lifelong desire to sell pizza. Psych! CBS punks viewers with an April Fool's Day special that convinces citizens that the celebs they have come across doing regular jobs behind the counter are just really good look-alikes. Ice-T selling shoes? Now that's funny. * Damages (10 pm/ET FX ) This is the season finale, so expect resolutions. Some, anyhow. For starters, FX is promising an "explosive conclusion" to Ellen's quest for revenge against Patty. We know that Patty will be back next season, as will Ellen, presumably. (You don't think that Wes will actually kill her, do you?) So what does the blurb mean? Then there's the UNR case. Will Patty nail Kendrick? And who'll pay for Christine Purcell's murder? Kendrick had a hand in that, too. Swell guy, isn't he? * Reno 911! (10:30 pm/ET Comedy Central) Last season's cliffhanger explosion was not the department's finest hour, so one can forgive Jim's reluctance to address it head-on in tonight's sixth-season premiere. But we do get to meet two new officers: by-the-book sergeant Jack Declan (Ian Roberts); and Dep. Franky Rizzo (Joe Lo Truglio), who goes on a stakeout with Jones and makes it hard to figure out which side of the law he's on. Meanwhile, Jim and Raineesha confront a terminated employee (Jonah Hill) who won't leave his job. * Life on Mars (10:02 pm/ET ABC) Should I stay or should I go? In the series finale of this acclaimed ensemble drama, a mysterious caller offers Sam a way to return to 2008. All he has to do is perform three simple tasks. But Sam is confused by his circumstances and wonders whether he even wants to go back now. Source here

Spoiler alert: 'Life on Mars' ending (sorta) revealed!

Memo to October Road creators Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg: All's forgiven! The pair's short-lived ABC soap made my ears bleed, but they more than made up for it with their out-of-this-world follow-up, Life on Mars -- so much so that I'm almost tempted to give Road a second look on DVD. (I said almost.) Unfortunately, anemic ratings prompted ABC to abort Mars' mission after just 17 episodes, the last of which airs tomorrow night (10 pm/EST). The good news? Appelbaum and Rosenberg had enough notice to wrap up the time-tripping drama's central mystery and give viewers what has become something of a rare commodity these days in TV land: closure. The even better news? Despite my merciless Road bashing, the classy duo agreed to get on the phone with me to spoil preview tomorrow's must-see climax. To Read More Click Here .

Ratings: American Idol Is Red Hot - Featured

Wednesday's ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET American Idol 's Motown Week kick-off averaged 25.6 million total viewers over its two-hour run, up 19 percent from last week's (Tuesday) sing-off and a 3 percent increase from the comparable night a year ago. A Survivor clip show placed a distant second with 8.15 mil. ABC's Scrubs (5.33 mil, -470K) and Better Off Ted (4.7 mil, down 16 percent) both dropped. Top Model (2.85 mil) plunged 21 percent but still beat out NBC's Chopping Block (which chopped off another 26 percent, hitting 2.6 mil). * 9 pm Criminal Minds came in second with 14 million viewers, gaining 520K week-to-week. Lost lost another 260 thou to set a new low of 8.82 mil. Life inched up a hair, to 4.32 mil. * 10 pm CSI: NY topped the hour with 12.6 million viewers, followed by Law & Order (7.25 mil, up 180K). The penultimate episode of Life on Mars (5.67 mil) gained 400 thou. Source here

Ratings: Fox Tells a Bigger Lie in Earlier Time Slot

Wednesday's ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET Fox's Lie to Me wore its new time slot well, topping the hour with 11.12 million total viewers - a 9 percent increase over its most recent, apres-Idol audience. CBS' sitcombo placed second, with both Old Christine (7.63 mil, +310K) and Gary Unmarried (7.71 mil, +450K) seeing gains. Top Model was looking pretty in third (!) place, surging 15 percent from its premiere to 4.47 mil. NBC's Chopping Block barely bested Scrubs repeats with an audience of under 4 mil - the Peacock's lowest-rated premiere of the season. * 9 pm American Idol unveiled its "Judges' Save" twist to 24.9 million viewers, an increase of 11 percent from last Wednesday's results show (yet down 6 percent year-over-year). Criminal Minds came in second with 14 mil. Life , at 5.3 mil, was up 430 thou. Lost returns next week! * 10 pm CSI: NY dominated with 13.52 million viewers, up 820K week-to-week. Law & Order followed with 7.6 mil (up 440K). Life on Mars continued to die on the vine, dropping 19 percent to 4.58 mil. Source here

Ratings: Top Model Is Still Lookin' Good - Featured

Wednesday's ratings roundup: * 8 pm/ET An audience of 22.5 million total viewers tuned in for American Idol , marking a 9 percent increase over last week's results show. (But really, Tatiana? Oh, the pain had best end tonight.) Knight Rider (2008) 's series finale managed a distant second with 5.76 million viewers, representing a 21-percent drop-off from the show's debut. Trailing repeats of CBS sitcoms and Lost , the season premiere of America's Next Top Model averaged 3.89 million viewers over its two-hour run, up 11 percent from its previous opener. Plus, to paraphrase Dr. Johnny Fever, you should see what it's doing with teenage girls! * 9 pm Opposite a Criminal Minds repeat, Lost won the hour and the demos with 10.61 million viewers, a gain of 800K from last week's Idol-ized outing. In third, Fox's [[Lie to Me] (10.2 mil) was down 9 percent. * 10 pm Even with CSI: NY and Law & Order serving leftovers, the freshly canceled Life on Mars (5.67 mil) managed just a 100K gain. Source here

Preview of 'Life on Mars' 1.14: Coffee, Tea or Annie

" Life on Mars " may have found out its short-lived fate on ABC, but the show moves on. On March 11, the series which is employed from its British version, will return with "Coffee, Tea or Annie" where the cast go undercover. When Valerie Palmer, a Pan Atlantic air hostess turns up dead, Annie volunteers for a dangerous undercover mission, posing as the murdered woman to help solve the second in a possible series of brutal homicides. Annie, Sam and Ray, working one of Valerie's flights covertly, uncover an unlikely suspect. Then, an invitation to a lurid swingers' party leads to an evening full of sensational surprises - not just for Annie and Sam, attending undercover as a couple, but Lieutenant Hunt also arrives with a special guest to mix it up. Juicy sexual escapades bring the swingers' party to a fever pitch, but will the murderer be revealed? Finally, Annie confronts Hunt with the courage of her convictions about her future at the 1-2-5. ABC have decided to wrap up the series for one season only. It will run through the 17th episode with a finale where Tyler's return to the present time is explained. A brand new series "The Unusuals" will take over on April 8. To Watch The Preview Click Here . Source here

Has ABC taken the Right Decision in Canceling Life On Mars? Please Vote

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Cancellation Buzz: ABC Officially Cancels Life On Mars - Featured

Series to end after only one season and 17 episodes, but ABC promises to offer fans closure with the finale. Click me!

Ratings for Idol, Lost and Other Wednesday Shows

Sorry, folks - no quippy headline today ("Bad Locke for Lost"?). Just the numbers: * 8 pm/ET American Idol averaged 24.25 million total viewers over its two-hour run, dipping just three percent from last week's Tuesday sing-off. A special outing for The Biggest Loser placed second with 8.73 mil. A repeat of the Privileged finale, I must point out to Dawn Ostroff, tacked on another thousand viewers. (Hey, every bit counts!) * 9 pm Placing second behind Idol, Criminal Minds delivered 14 million viewers, down a mil week-to-week. Lost (9.82 mil) dropped 13 percent, matching its previous "Idol-ized" outing. NBC's Life slipped 300K, to 4.87 mil. * 10 pm CSI: NY won the hour with 12.7 million viewers, up 350K. Trailing a Law & Order repeat (and hampered by its lessened lead-in), ABC's Life on Mars fell 250K to 5.55 mil. Source here