Updated: ABC cancels 'Life on Mars,' Mol relocating to 'Eastwick'?

Lifeonmars_lOnce again I get attached to a show with the word Mars in the title. Once again I’m mourning its premature demise.

Multiple sources are confirming that ABC has canceled my beloved Life on Mars. Per an insider, the network recently 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. And unlike Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone, etc., all indications are that ABC will actually air this series finale. We’re making progress, people!

Another advantage of pulling the plug now as opposed to in May is it allows the show’s stars to audition for fall pilots. Case in point: Gretchen Mol is currently in talks to join ABC’s adaptation of The Witches of Eastwick

Mourning Mars‘ passing? Relieved we’ll at least get closure? Hoping Sam and Annie will get it on before he hops on his time machine back to 2009? Sound off below!

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  • Paul

    Awesome. And just brutal. Thanks again, ABC, for being such an awesome network. How the alphabet isn’t fourth in the standings every year is downright baffling.

  • MEH

    It got more episodes state-side than in the UK. Knowing how the BBC run turned out, and once Colm Meany was dropped I kind of had no interest in getting invested in the U.S. version.

  • Brenda Mallory

    At least they’re finishing out the season and we’re not left completely hanging with the mystery.

  • Michele

    Sob…I am crushed.

  • Jordan

    Honestly, I’m not going to miss it. If anyone saw the unreleased pilot with the different cast I’m sure they’d agree that the end result was a lot better, but I just didn’t think it was that great. Harvey Keitel and Gretchen Mol were awesome, and I loved Maggie Siff’s short guest appearance, but overall I just wasn’t very impressed.
    It just didn’t measure up to the original BBC version. That, and something about Appelbaum, Nemec and Rosenberg’s shows just bug me. October Road had a similar level of cheesiness that I just couldn’t put a finger on, and this show suffered from the same thing too. Maybe it’s the dialogue? Odd musical choices? I don’t know, but I’m not skeptical about Happy Town too.

  • Jordan

    Rather, I AM skeptical about Happy Town. My bad.

  • Jennifer

    I am so upset about this! My husband and I both really enjoyed watching this show.

    • Phyllis Converse

      I loved the show. I will miss all of your faces and your great talent. What about those Wallace twins? Are they going on to Disney? Cute boys.

  • donner

    I realize this isn’t realistic to most folks, but I’ve stopped watching ABC entirely…I don’t watch Lost or those Housewife Hags or any of the reality shows they offer…once they cancelled Pushing Daisies, that was it for me…I don’t watch any CW shows because they axed Veronica Mars and Gilmore Girls…we just pulled our Time Warner cable boxes outta the house and are down to just the 4 main channels (not including PBS)…at this rate, I’ll only be watching NOVA and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood…

  • donner

    I realize this isn’t realistic to most folks, but I’ve stopped watching ABC entirely…I don’t watch Lost or those Housewife Hags or any of the reality shows they offer…once they cancelled Pushing Daisies, that was it for me…I don’t watch any CW shows because they axed Veronica Mars and Gilmore Girls…we just pulled our Time Warner cable boxes outta the house and are down to just the 4 main channels (not including PBS)…at this rate, I’ll only be watching NOVA and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood…

  • laylagalise

    ABC sucks. End of story. They always cancel good programing. RIP ‘Life on Mars.’

  • Denis

    Figures ABC cancels another awesome show, yet NBC’s crappy Heroes is still on the air
    *barf*

  • Mary

    blah. this totally blows. LOM was getting so good; i should have known better than get attached to it.

  • ABC

    oh good, the bachelor gets another season but great shows like Life on Mars and Pushing Daisies get cancelled. FAIL ABC

  • jaimi

    That’s too bad…I really liked Life on Mars, and was completely hooked on Eli Stone. RIP Life on Mars :(

  • Kristiine

    I dropped all my ABC shows when they cancelled Pushing Daisies. I have just had it with ABC. They are willing to pick up amazing shows, Pushing Daisies, Lfe on Mars, Once & Again, Relativity, My So Called Life, Homefront (yes, I do know how to hold a grudge) and then they can’t commit. I’m not letting them break my heart again.

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