Meaney on mission to 'Mars'

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Colm Meaney is in final negotiations to co-star opposite Jason O'Mara in "Life on Mars," David E. Kelley's drama pilot for ABC.

Based on the BBC series, the show centers on Sam (O'Mara), a detective who finds himself transported back to 1972 after his girlfriend is kidnapped.

Meaney will play Detective Hunt, the gruff, funny head of the homicide unit in 1972 who clashes with Sam.

Lenny Clarke also was cast in the pilot, from 20th Century Fox TV, David E. Kelley Prods. and Kudos Film & Television.

Kelley is executive producing "Life on Mars" with Kudos' Stephen Garrett and Jane Featherstone.

Meaney's credits include the feature "Layer Cake" and the CBS telefilm "Covert One: The Hades Factor."
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