David Kelley, Thomas Schlamme on Mars
Variety reports today that David E. Kelley, creator of Ally McBeal, The Practice, and favorite among many ComicMixers, Boston Legal (among others) has hired Thomas Schlamme to direct the pilot for the American version of Life on Mars.
Schlamme previously worked on Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and Jack and Bobby, written by comic book guy Brad Metzler. He also once inspired New York Times writer Joyce Wadler to devote an entire paragraph to how much fun it was to say his name ("Tommy Schlamme!").
The show is based on the BBC series about a time-traveling detective who gets stuck in the 1970s.