'October Road' actor joins 'Life on Mars'

Jonathan Murphy to play detective in new ABC drama

It will be an "October Road" reunion on ABC's midseason drama "Life on Mars."

The new creative stewards of "Life on Mars," "October Road" creators Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg, have recruited former "October Road" co-star Jonathan Murphy for their new series.

Based on the British series, "Life on Mars," centers on a modern-day police detective (Jason O'Mara), who, after a car crash, finds himself mysteriously transported back to 1973 and still working as a detective.

Murphy will play Detective Chris Skelton, a jittery young detective who is new to the department.

On fan favorite "October Road," which was canceled in May after two seasons, Murphy played Ronnie.