‘Life on Mars’ Co-Creator Praises American Incarnation
Life on Mars is the successful translation of the 16-episode BBC series to America. Not every translation has worked, as noted by the cancellation this season of The Ex-List, which came from Israel.
Life’s co-creator, Ashley Pharoah, told reporters in New York that he thinks this interpretation works very well. "I think it’s marvelous. We’re really very proud of it," he said. The producer was in Manhattan receiving Life‘s second International Emmy for best drama.
He praised the decision to replace David E. Kelley as the showrunner which led to a new cast a chance in locale from Los Angeles to New York. "It was sun-drenched and rather pleasant," said Pharoah.. "The whole point of our show in Manchester and the one in New York is to show those mean streets and show how much has changed in these 30 years.
"They’re changing the mythology, which I think is all right," Pharoah said. "It has to be different. Otherwise everyone just goes on YouTube and sees how it ends."
On the BBC version, the show wound down when actor John Simm decided the sixteen episodes were enough. Therefore, his time-tossed detective died and ended the series on a downbeat note.
"Even we worried about that," said Pharoah. "Some people back home didn’t like the ending, but that was the end we had in mind from the beginning."
Writer-producer Cameron Roach also doesn’t mind the changes.
"I think it’s good that it ends in a different way," Roach said. "It keeps the American audiences guessing."