One season is all it takes to tell the tale of “Life on Mars”, says ABC insiders who revealed that the freshman series wouldn’t be getting a renewal order. Luckily for fans of the short-lived series, whose predecessor apparently found better success overseas, network execs provided “Mars” with enough notice to tailor its final episodes for a finished storyline. Rumor has it that writers will explain how time-traveling Sam ended up in the 70’s and whether or not he’ll make it home.

Would series be better or worse with fixed life spans of 1 or 2 seasons? Might make for some interesting, quick-paced storytelling if writers didn’t think they had 10 years to figure things out. Yeah, I’m looking at you, writers of “Lost”.

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