ABC Cancels Life On Mars



Another ABC series bites the dust. Michael Ausiello is reporting that network execs at ABC have "advised the show’s producers that it would not be ordering a second season. The heads-up will allow them to make this year’s season finale a series finale, thus leaving no questions unanswered."

The cancellation of Life on Mars comes after ABC axed Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone. Several current and former daytime stars have appeared during the series run. They include: Jennifer Ferrin (ex-Jennifer Munson, As the World Turns), Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda Walsh, As the World Turns), Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding, Guiding Light) and Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater, All My Children).

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    weareclouds

    what the hell is ABC thinking?

    Does nobody with brains watch tv anymore? Is this how a show like this gets cancelled.

    I’ve really had it. Every show I’ve loved in the past 5 years has been canned. I give up on broadcast tv.

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    eriklovessoaps

    Life on Mars was a really compelling show. I don’t really watch much on network TV and it is really hard to invest in shows on network TV. I have no interest in reality TV at all. Almost all the dramas now curve towards plot with characters not making much a difference as they can be switched and replaced with another character, because the character doesn’t matter. I just can never get into Grey’s Anatomy or the soap-like shows on primetime. I once watched Housswives, but grew tired of that.

    What left? I watch The Mentalist. Is that going to get cancelled next? Medium is good, but it is only on half a year. My mind is drawing a blank with what else is on network TV. I guess Life (that’s just Life) is okay.

    All the good stuff is on cable I watch. Right now, there’s Damages (which has got low ratings), Nip/Tuck, and Big Love. I hope In Treatment comes back on soon. Resue Me is alwas funny. Do I have to wait until September for Dexter, Mad Men, and True Blood? Hopefully, network TV will stop trying to save every little dollar they have and produce a good drama with characters and keep it on.

    Looks like I’m going to have to give up Guiding LIght soon with that one thing I can’t stand. That’ll leave me with OLTL as the only soap I consistantly watch (other than reruns of Ryan’s Hope). I guess I’ll need to find entertainment elsewhere. Maybe I should get more involved in acting again. If others can’t give me drama, maybe I can find it through that.

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    elle

    I don’t understand why ABC won’t give things a chance. Heck, they’re giving their daytime lineup all the time in the world. I loved this show. I enjoyed the writing, the cast, the music, everything about it, I was engrossed every week. This is really a shame. I will miss it.

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    Johnathon

    What left? I watch The Mentalist. Is that going to get cancelled next? Medium is good, but it is only on half a year. My mind is drawing a blank with what else is on network TV. I guess Life (that’s just Life) is okay

    Well good news is The Mentalist should be safe, Life….not so much lol, rumors have it that Life will have its life ended this season .

    I loved LoM, but it doesnt shock me that it got canned,  I just hope it gets a proper ending, but i am not holding my breath for one lol.

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    Chrystie-Delancey

    I am sad to see LIFE ON MARS canceled, but not surprised. The rumblings have been loud for a while now. It really is a great little show. The good thing about it is they can wake up Sam, if he is in a coma, or whatever and end it properly.

    I know what you mean about good shows, poor ratings. I love DAMAGES and am only relieved by the fact that FX had the good sense to renew it for next season too. I also got hooked on BURN NOTICE, which has phenomenal ratings for a cable show so there is no immediate threat.

    However, I heard that Greg Grunberg from HEROES is worried about his show’s future. I don’t watch it, but it is sad how the strike and the fact that people would rather watch a non-scripted show for entertainment ruin it for these other shows. I watch my share of reality shows (Apprentice, Survivor, Amazing Race, Biggest Loser), but I also combine it with a lot of scripted shows too.

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    RoseVioletDaisy

    I think a lot of people are just overdosed on shows that that they have to watch every single week or be totally clueless about what’s going on. People’s lives are too chaotic, busy, and uncertain right now to bother.

    The history of these kinds of shows is that they don’t last very long and people knows this. If they’ve been bitten once by really getting into a show like this and it got cancelled on them, they’re less likely to take the leap with another risky show. These kinds of shows almost never resolve themselves satisfactorily. They either get cancelled before any of it’s questions are answered or they fizzle out because the concept wears thin.

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    Chrystie-Delancey

    “. . .These kinds of shows almost never resolve themselves satisfactorily. They either get cancelled before any of it’s questions are answered or they fizzle out because the concept wears thin.”

    Very good post! I agree with everything you said. It makes me wonder why the networks even bother with new shows – like NBC with two new shows: KINGS and SOUTHLAND. I can see them ending up like THE BLACK DONNELLYS did – canceled after only a few episodes.

    I long for the days when hour-long shows had the lasting power like DALLAS.

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    disillusioned GH fan

    The problem with the major networks is that they still operate and think in a “pre cable” mindset. They think if they hype a new show, everyone will flock to it, whereas these days, good shows eventually catch on through word of mouth and over time. They do not seem to embrace or accept the reality they to compete with 100’s of channels.

    Cable networks give their shows time to find an audience, networks give it 2 showings and if it doesn’t reach “x” amount of households, it gets yanked. Networks have ADD when investing in new shows and that doesn’t do the viewer any good. Thats why we all flock to the cable outlets, they don’t inflict any ADD on it’s viewers.

    I’m still miffed they canceled Eli Stone.

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    Chrystie-Delancey

    I think we all should have a valid argument against ABC. They do not know how to properly advertise shows.

    I remember after New Year’s that I was going through my Tivo and saw there would be a NEW episode of Desperate Housewives. I only knew this because of Tivo! I didn’t see any advertisements on ABC and didn’t think anything of it because it was after the holidays and usually we have repeats anyway.

    I agree, though. The networks do not give a new show a chance to find an audience. I hate the Nielsens – it is time for a new system because so many shows get recorded on DVR these days.

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    BigDede

    I LOVED Life on Mars when it first came out. I liked it when Sam would feel sad about not seeing Mya again (they had good chemistry) and how he gave his co-worker strength and support that she wasn’t no-nuts but a good detective.

    One of the best episodes is the one where he got the chance to say goodbye to his “father”, his mentor. That was a real sweet episode. I wish it didn’t get canceled. The episode before last when Sam met another guy from the future and told Sam Barack had won and they showed those clips of Barack. Also loved Gene and his old friend now nemesis working together, great episode. Sad to see it go.

    But Dirty Sexy Money deserved to get canceled. That’s their punishment for completely changing the format from what it was first season (the best) to the stupid second season. They should too much of Lisa, the worst character. Jeremy didn’t have his twin anymore. Lucy Lu’s character was stupid. She goes from wanting to put their mother in jail to working for Patrick? Stupid.

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    GossipGirl

    Of course ABC cancelled it because it was a good show and I liked it! I really don’t understand ABC. I am no longer going to invest into anymore new ABC shows. Actually, Lost is the only show on ABC that I will be watching.

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    season1217

    I thought the best episode was when he was shot by his father. I love the show and was really interested in seeing where it was going. I still have yet to see the British version which it was based on.

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    Johnathon

    "Very good post! I agree with everything you said. It makes me wonder why the networks even bother with new shows – like NBC with two new shows: KINGS and SOUTHLAND. I can see them ending up like THE BLACK DONNELLYS did – canceled after only a few episodes."

    Did you know that The Black Donnley’s is STILL one of NBC’s top selling shows on iTunes? It floors me that they cancel amazing series lol.

    I don’t buy that people don’t have time to sit down and watch t.v., I think the time is there, but people need a REASON to tune in, shows like Dallas did bring people in, but why? What did Dallas do so much better that none of these shows can do? Why can’t anyone capture the market, people still want scripted television, but its also a matter of how people consume their media. I almost NEVER watch T.v. shows on a T.V. almost all of my content consumption is done on the computer or my iPod and I think more and more people are consuming their media online and thru digital measures and that is something these networks have to think about when they are counting the ratings going forward.

    Anyways I am looking forward to Southland, Kings not so much, and where in the world is MERLIN? Wasn’t that supposed to start in Feb?

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