No afterlife on 'Mars' for ABC


ABC's "Life on Mars" won't return for a second season. The network has decided not to renew the series starring Jason O'Mara as modern Detective Sam Tyler working as a cop in 1973 New York City.

The show, from 20th TV and ABC Studios, will complete its 17-episode freshman order with the season finale written as a series finale that will wrap the loose story ends, explain how Tyler got transported back in time and (maybe) bring him back to his own time.

ABC plans a strong promotional push for the finale.

"Mars" has enjoyed strong support from ABC brass all along. It was slotted it in some of the network's premier slots: 10 p.m. Thursday after "Grey's Anatomy" and 10 p.m. Wednesday after "Lost." But the show, based on the British series, failed to click with viewers.

With its serialized nature, many considered "Mars" to be better suited as a limited series, which is how it aired in the U.K.

In its ABC incarnation, "Mars" was created by Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg.

The series, filmed in New York, boasts one of the strongest acting ensembles on TV with O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Michael Imperioli and Gretchen Mol.