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Life on Mars: All the Young Dudes

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 19th 2009 12:31AM
Life on Mars

(S01E15)
Well, that was quite an ending, wasn't it? I admit I wasn't expecting that one. One cannot help but wonder if at that stage of filming, the creators were aware of the cancellation of the series and decided to throw in a few curve balls to create an "anything can happen" atmosphere and keep the loyal viewers on their toes.

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What's On Tonight: Better Off Ted, Lie To Me, Law And Order, Man Vs. Food

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 18th 2009 4:04PM
  • Old ChristineAt 8, ABC has a new Scrubs, followed by the series premiere of Better Off Ted and new episodes of Lost and Life on Mars.
  • CBS has a new Old Christine at 8.
  • NBC has a new Chopping Block at 8, followed by new episodes of Life and Law and Order.
  • FOX has new episodes of Lie To Me and American Idol.
  • There's a new America's Next Top Model on The CW at 8.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Criminal Minds, then a new CSI: NY.
  • History Channel has a new MonsterQuest at 9.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters at 9.
  • At 10, Comedy Central has a new South Park, followed by a new Important Things with Demetri Martin.
  • FX has a new Damages at 10.
  • A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food at 10.
  • Also at 10: MTV has a new Real World.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Life on Mars: Coffee, Tea or Annie

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 12th 2009 1:06AM
Life on mars: Coffee Tea or Annie

(S01E14)
The more I watch this show, the more I think Sam is not stuck in the past. I'm not sure where he is. It's definitely somewhere fictional. My guess is some virtual reality thing. However, they further proved how unrealistic the show is by pulling out the old "identical twin from the middle of nowhere" trick. It saves casting time and money by using the same actor or actress for two different roles.

I don't care how similar two people look. There are minor differences in things such as voice and mannerisms that anybody who even remotely knew Valerie would have picked up that Annie was not her. Also, if Valerie was such a loner, how is it that she worked with her two roommates yet supposedly they didn't know her that well? If they saw her both at home and work and didn't figure out the switch, then I'm sorry, but they are a few bricks short of a load.

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What's On Tonight: Chopping Block, Lie To Me, South Park, Real World

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 11th 2009 4:05PM
Life

  • At 8, CBS has a new Old Christine, followed by new episodes of Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has the series premiere of The Chopping Block at 8, then new episodes of Life and Law and Order.
  • FOX has new episodes of Lie to Me and American Idol.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8.
  • At 9, MyNetwork TV has a new episode of The Tony Rock Project.
  • History Channel has a new MonsterQuest at 9.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Life on Mars.
  • Comedy Central has the season premiere of South Park at 10, then a new Important Things with Demetri Martin.
  • There's a new Damages on FX at 10.
  • MTV has a new Real World at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food at 10.
  • Also at 10: A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Life on Mars: Revenge of the Broken Jaw

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 5th 2009 2:27AM
Life on Mars(S01E13) Now that it has been made public of the imminent demise of Life on Mars, it certainly makes any sort of analysis kind of moot. Hopefully, when the series ends (a mere one episode longer than the series that spawned it), it will offer some sort of satisfying closure to its fans (all three of them).

Tonight's episode was a good one with a twist I didn't see until just before it actually happened. Once again, it focused more on the cop mystery of the week rather than Sam's predicament (which was only touched upon with the strange freeze frames in the beginning). The creators will likely have a hell of a lot of exposition about Sam in the final episode.

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What's On Tonight: Knight Rider, Lost, Damages, House Of Payne

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 4th 2009 4:01PM
  • America's Next Top ModelAt 8, NBC has a new Knight Rider.
  • FOX has a new American Idol at 8, then a new Lie To Me.
  • The CW has the two-hour season premiere of America's Next Top Model at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has the movie Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Lost, followed by a new Life on Mars.
  • There's a Top Chef reunion show on Bravo at 9.
  • Also at 9: Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters International.
  • At 10, FX has a new Damages.
  • TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne at 10.
  • A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter at 10.
  • MTV has a new Real World at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Important Things with Demetri Martin.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Life on Mars promising closure in series finale (yeah, it's canceled)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 3rd 2009 10:02AM
Harvey Keitel and Jason O'Mara in Life on MarsYou know how those wacky British like their shows in short bursts with beginnings, middles and ends? Well maybe that's what ABC is thinking of when they announce that Life on Mars will finish its run with its 17th episode. They're promising a satisfying sense of closure, including answers as to why Detective Sam Tyler finds himself in 1973.

One theory that we're told can be ruled out is the coma that the UK original used to explain Sam Tyler's time travel. It would make the mystery kind of anticlimactic if they used the same explanation. We're also not told if Annie will finally punch Ray once and for all for being a misogynist bastard

The UK version of the series was an actual hit, but designed for the limited format completing two eight-episode runs. Meaning the US iteration, which is being canceled due to low ratings, will still run one episode longer than its successful predecessor. It was a creative decision to end the UK series after two seasons.

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Life on Mars: The Simple Secret of the Note in Us All

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 26th 2009 3:02AM
Life on Mars(S01E12) To begin, I know exactly where they shot the opening scene for tonight's episode. It was in the New York Transit Museum. It's an old subway station that was converted into a museum and includes subway cars from different decades. I visited there recently, which allowed me to recognize some of the background advertisements from the scene.

In the original British series, it was determined that Sam was in a coma. In this series, I think he's in some sort of shared virtual reality. This is simply a hunch based on what we've learned so far.

On to the actual episode...

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What's On Tonight: Idol, Life, Ballroom Challenge, Real World, Demetri Martin

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 25th 2009 4:02PM
  • Top ChefAt 8, NBC has a new Biggest Loser, followed by a new Life.
  • FOX has a new, two-hour American Idol at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Lost, then a new Life on Mars.
  • CBS has a new Criminal Minds at 9, followed by a new CSI: NY.
  • PBS has a new America's Ballroom Challenge at 9.
  • History Channel has a new MonsterQuest at 9.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters International at 9.
  • At 10, TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne.
  • Bravo has the season finale of Top Chef at 10.
  • FX has a new Damages at 10.
  • MTV has a new Real World at 10.
  • A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter at 10.
  • Also at 10: Food Network has Guy's Big Night.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Important Things with Demetri Martin.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Life on Mars: Home Is Where You Hang Your Holster

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 18th 2009 11:55PM
Life on Mars: Home is Where You Hang Your Holster
(S01E11)
It's been a while since Sam had his visions. I missed them. However, I think tonight's episode overdid it a little with the Wizard of Oz references. Sam is over the rainbow. We got it. We just don't know why.

I'm glad the creators wrapped up the Maria storyline as quickly as they did. They could only milk her daddy issues for so long, and Sam and Gene have way too much for a bromance going on of their own to let a little thing like sleeping with the boss' daughter interfere.

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Life on Mars: Let All the Children Boogie

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 12th 2009 1:02AM
Life on Mars(S01E10) Every dramatic series has the occasional "comedy" episode, and Life on Mars is no exception. This one was definitely intended for humor which could be confirmed by the cameo appearance of Wallace "Inconceivable" Shawn, who apparently ran The X-Files a few decades before Mulder and Scully investigated the paranormal.

This was a good episode and served several purposes. The first of which was to determine that whatever happened to Sam is not any sort of alien-related experience, thereby getting the most silly and cliché theories out of the way. My only question at this stage is whether the explanation for Sam's predicament is going to be scientific, magical or a combination of both (technomancy, perhaps?). The episode added to the confusion about this by nicknaming Wallace Shawn's forensic investigator "The Sorcerer."

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What's On Tonight: Old Christine, Law And Order, Damages, Demetri Martin

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 11th 2009 4:05PM
  • LostAt 7, G4's Attack of the Show reports from the NY Comic Con.
  • At 8, NBC has a new Knight Rider, followed by a new Life and a new Law and Order.
  • CBS has a new Old Christine at 8, then new episodes of Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY.
  • FOX has a new, two-hour American Idol.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Lost, then a new Life on Mars.
  • There's a new Ghost Hunters International on Sci-Fi at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new Damages.
  • TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne at 10.
  • MTV has a new episode of The Real World at 10.
  • A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter at 10.
  • Also at 10: Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has the season premiere of Important Things with Demetri Martin.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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NY Comic Con 2009 - my TV experience

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 9th 2009 1:35PM
Robert Culp and William KattBraving the crowds and the weather, I managed to attend the 2009 New York Comic Con for the weekend. While I wasn't able to see everything or sit in on every panel, I thought I'd give an overall synopsis of the stuff I did manage to do as it relates to television.

I should note that Robert Culp and William Katt were both at the Con giving us a Greatest American Hero reunion. They were kind enough to pose for a picture.

I arrived at 1 p.m. on Friday, and after a short wait as I and my fellow geeks was slowly herded in like cattle, I browsed around the dealer room.

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Life on Mars: The Dark Side of the Mook

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 5th 2009 4:39AM
Life on Mars(S01E09) Finally, we get a continuation of the cliffhanger phone call ending from November! Mind you, it was kind of weird (notice that the song about the white room with black curtains played while Sam walked into a white room with black curtains). I wish they showed this episode first, as it was the better episode of the two and really showcased Michael Imperioli's talent as Detective Ray Karling.

Gene Hunt seems to be a big fan of 70's pop culture, as he keeps referring to it in his interview. Ray, on the other hand, keeps using the pseudo-profanity that Disney only permits. Ray also thinks of very colorful and amusing metaphors. It becomes cartoonish after a while. The episode also prodigiously used the slo-mo effect to the point where I thought they must have had to fill time.

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Life on Mars: Take a Look at the Lawmen

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 28th 2009 11:55PM
Life on Mars cast
(S01E08) This show has found a new directive. That directive is: deviate from the original British series as quickly as possible. It was bound to happen. I just didn't think it would happen so soon or to such a large extent.

To begin: WTF??? When we last left Sam Tyler, he was answering a mysterious phone call. Now we have a jump in time out of Lost and he's at the scene of a suicide in mid-attempt. That's page one of sloppy serial storytelling.

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