After only 17 episodes, ABC's "Life on Mars" will have its series finale in April.

According to TV Week, ABC honchos let the "Life on Mars" producers know that the show won't be renewed for next season. That move, while harsh, will allow the series' creative team to craft a finale that resolves the first season's myriad questions and offers some closure.

"Life on Mars" still have a few weeks of production remaining, but the finale will air in early April.

After a respectable fall star, launching after "Grey's Anatomy," "Life on Mars" saw its ratings plummet, forcing ABC's hand on a swap that moved "Private Practice" to Thursday nights, where its ratings have seen a boost. Sent to Wednesdays after "Lost," "Life on Mars" has continued to lose viewers.

By making it to 17 episodes, "Life on Mars" at least surpassed its British source material, which lasted 16 episodes.

"Life on Mars" stars Jason O'Mara as a modern day cop who finds himself in 1973 after an accident.  Series executive producers Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg have long said they had an ending in place, an ending that differs from that of the British original.

It isn't as if ABC hates Appelbaum, Nemec and Rosenberg. The "October Road" team is behind the mystery pilot "Happy Town," which will be in consideration for next fall.

 

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