One of the more anticipated TV shows of the fall season is Life on Mars, which stars two Irish actors, Jason O'Mara and Colm Meaney.
O'Mara plays Sam Tyler, a modern-day detective transported back to 1972. Meaney plays a detective who actually worked in the early 1970s. Life on Mars is a remake of the acclaimed BBC detective series. Former Sopranos star Michael Imperioli has joined the Life on Mars cast.
Another Sopranos star is hoping an Irish-American character will be good show biz luck next year. Edie Falco - Tony Soprano's long-suffering wife - is slated to star in Nurse Jackie, in which she plays Jackie O'Hurley, a brilliant nurse who has personal problems. Set in a bustling New York City hospital, press reports about Nurse Jackie - which should air on Showtime next year - also play up the fact that Nurse O'Hurley struggles with her Catholicism. The series also stars Eve Best, Peter Facinelli and Paul Schulze.
Finally on the TV front, Rhode Island native Michaela McManus, best know for starring in One Tree Hill, has been added as a new assistant DA to the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
If today's TV and movies are not your thing and you want to go back to Hollywood's golden age with an Irish-American star, 20th Century Fox has just released a boxed DVD set titled The Tyrone Power Matinee Idol Collection. A star through the 1930s and 1940s, Power was a great-grandson to the acclaimed Irish actor of the same name. Power's films include The Luck of the Irish, in which he plays a newspaperman who becomes pals with a leprechaun (played by Cecil Kellaway). The film was made with a green tint to lend authenticity to scenes set in Ireland.
The Tyrone Power Matinee Idol Collection also includes early films such as Love Is News, Caf Metropole and Second Honeymoon (all with Loretta Young) and later films such as Prince of Foxes and Nightmare Alley.
Sadly, Power died in 1958, following a heart attack, when he was just 44.