Michael Imperioli Enjoys Life on Mars


Former “The Sopranos” star Michael Imperioli is returning to series television as co-star of ABC’s new drama series “Life on Mars,” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on the BBC series, “Life” revolves around Sam Tyler (Jason O’Mara), a modern-day police detective who, after a car crash, finds himself mysteriously transported back to 1973 and still working as a detective.

Imperioli will play Detective Ray Carling, a colleague of Sam’s in 1972. He is a rough, tough sexist who has never even heard the phrase “politically correct.”

“Life,” from 20th Century Fox TV, ABC Studios and Kudos, is executive produced by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Jane Featherstone and Stephen Garrett.

The series is slated to air in the post-“Grey’s Anatomy” Thursday 10 p.m. slot in the fall.