A copy of David E. Kelley’s ABC drama “Life on Mars” has popped up on [bittorrent sites], the filesharing site that drives broadcasters crazy. The posting follows the recent Internet arrival of J.J. Abrams’ “Fringe.” But there’s a big difference between the “Fringe” and “Mars” postings. Fox plans to air the “Fringe” pilot pretty much as is this September. ABC, on the other hand, is planning major retooling to “Mars,” and has even brought in new showrunners to overhaul the show.
This isn’t the first unaired pilot to hit the internet, and it won’t be the last. I don’t believe that producers have to worry about comparisons between this pilot and the retooled one, as the article suggests. They’re going to have to worry about comparisons with the widely popular BBC version.
Will you search out this pilot? Now that David E. Kelly has been replaced, what are your expectations of this new series?