ABC has put the David E. Kelley drama, Life on Mars on hold; very high on the show, they'll pick up the push again for midseason.

Variety reports the move is to give the producers more time to cast the pilot's star; it's an adaptation of the BBC version about a detective who somehow travels to the past (where he works to solve his girlfriend's present-day abduction).

Kelley and ABC hope to revisit the casting process for Life on Mars after pilot season, when many more actors currently committed to other projects will be available.