'Life on Mars': A heartfelt retraction

95326__mars_l_1Well, what were you expecting: journalism?

Sorry, that’s the wrong tone. Let me begin again. Yesterday, I misled my readers. I didn’t do my homework. I printed something half-assed, incomplete, flat-out WRONG.

I was rhapsodizing about Life on Mars, a retro British cop noir gently dusted with sci-fi. "Remake this!" I hooted, without taking the very easy, very logical step of Googling "life on mars" and "remake." Which would have led me to news of the impending David Kelley-ized American version.

I regret the error, the laziness that caused it, and the mother who brought me screaming into this world. But I’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate the cleansing immediacy of the blog-o-sphere and laud the wiki-healing you all collectively perform by correcting errors in the factstream. You’re like tireless white blood cells, rushing en masse to eliminate a loathsome microbe. I am that microbe, and as such, I salute you, and hope you’ll soon be successful in eliminating me entirely.

[BLOGFATHER’S NOTE: Yeah, mea culpa too. But without all the weirdo bloodstream stuff.]

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  • Catty Canuck

    You and Mr Gibson must share a publicist – your retraction was humble and poignant. And I still say I’d like to see Nathan Fillion in nothing at all . . .

  • donner

    What would we do without you to kick around, Scott? Don’t ever resign, don’t ever give up, don’t ever die young…

  • EP Sato

    F that retraction, this is fantastic news! First Scott brought this awesome sounding series to our attention, and a day later we get the news that none other than my main man David Kelley’s going to be writing? SHAKE AND BAKE That’s some great news!
    I’ve long dissed on British crossover series, but the US version of the Office has proved it can be done.
    OT: Catty, why no love for Nathan Fillion? Was it his whiney cameo in “Saving Private Ryan?” I thought he was top of the props in “Firefly”…Or do you mean you want to see that cat in his birthday suit? ‘cuz in firefly they show that too…

  • Ed

    awww…with a comparison like this one:
    “You’re like tireless white blood cells, rushing en masse to eliminate a loathsome microbe. I am that microbe, and as such, I salute you, and hope you’ll soon be successful in eliminating me entirely”
    who the hell cares.
    I wasn’t really into that blog anyway after I heard the name David E. Kelly – he’s too campy!

  • Lindsey Ramsey

    I admire your abillity to correct yourself. Especially when you, as I, hate being proved wrong. I know we both learned a valuable lesson: That the damn reader is often right.

  • ryan

    Personally I’d like to see Mr. Fillion in Season 2 of “Firefly”. Alas.

  • EP Sato

    In the style of an old style baptist shepard from Earth that was, I’d like to reply to Ryan with:
    AMEN Brother! Right on! I too keep holding up hope for the second coming of Firefly.

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