Pan Am Won't Get a Full-Season Pickup (Translation: It's Basically Canceled)

Actress Karine Vanasse, who plays Colette on ABC's Pan Am, had bad news to share for fans of the show today, so she took to Twitter to make the announcement: "Well, we received THE call, #PanAm is only coming back for one more episode after Christmas. But up to the end, we'll give it our all!" And because everything sounds better in French, the Montreal-based actress also Tweeted this: "C'est confirme, un seul episode de plus en janvier pour #PanAm. J'espere que vous serez la jusqu'a la fin!"

Translation: ABC won't be ordering any more episodes of the period drama, effectively canceling it. ABC's PR department says the show hasn't been "canceled," and that the show is in contention to return next season, but reality says it's canceled and ABC simply hates the C-word. But there is a tiny bit of good news in all this: Pan Am will get one more installment beyond its initial 13-episode order for a total of 14, with new episodes returning in January. ABC insists that all of them will air.

Pan Am got off to a great start, drawing more than 11 million viewers for its pilot episode. Those numbers settled to about half that for the bulk of the show's run, leaving it squarely "on the bubble" as far as ABC is concerned. The show is not on ABC's midseason schedule; its Sunday time slot is going to upcoming drama GCB in March.

Despite ABC insisting Pan Am is not canceled, the writing is on the wall. Laughter is the best way to cope with bad news, so what corny airline-related headlines, along the lines of "ABC Grounds Pan Am," "Further Flights Canceled for Pan Am," and "Pan Am! Oh the Humanity!," can you come up with?


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it would really be a shame if they cancelled! keeping our fingers crossed for the return of pan am!!! personally i found that the time and date it aired didnt work with my schedule, but i always always watched the reruns! or found the episodes online :P
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I would really hate if pan am doesn't come back for a 2nd season I fell in love with that show from the 1st episode I'm begging u abc to please come back for a 2nd season if not I just might not watch your station again ur going to cancel a great show

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I just learned that Pan Am is "grounded" aka cancelled. What??!! Quality programming is not welcome at NBC (Chuck) and now ABC (Pan Am).

Why not sell Pan Am to another network?
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I am done with ABC! A Bogus Channel is what ABC stands for! Pan Am is great but we will get stuck with some stupid Glammy Hick show for dim wits who are distracted by shiny objects! I hope Pan Am is picked up by a network with a little integrity!
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This is god damn shame!! :((
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Je suis terriblement du par cette nouvelle je trouve que cette srie est d'une rare qualit

I'am terribly disappointed by this news i think that show is made of a rare quality
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worst news of my day
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I hope Pan Am isn't cancelled as I know that I will find it more enjoyable than GCB, which is juat going to appeal to the female/desperate housewifes audience.
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Didn't even get through the first episode. And now they've sold the show to the Netherlands. Seems like a last desperate act to make money off of this junk. Why even bother airing it here when it's basically going to get cancelled anyway? It will just upset the "fans" here in the Netherlands.
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Sold to Netherlands? Where this news from?
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BAD decision ABC! This show, like Madmen, showed when life in this country was much simpler, civil, and manners and class meant something. It'll probably be replaced with another reality or contest game where GREED is all that matters.



Pan Am producers should have put it on Cable TV where it could have been less constrained and allowed a full season to develop it's characters and plot lines.



I hope another channel picks it up.
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That's unfortunate. I actually liked the show but always felt it wasn't necessarily a good fit for ABC. Still, I wanted it to stick around as the characters and plot were starting to develop nicely. Dang!
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Noooooooooooo! :(
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This is too bad, this was a good show compared with the other drivel that is on the airwaves!

They did this era better than Mad Men!
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I cant even begin to sweat talking about how i hate ABC and its funny habit of cancelling good shows.Time and time again i tune in to watch a show and end up sad a few episodes down the road. Pan Am is a better show compared to the planned GCB. Anyway i wont be tuning in to ABC any longer.
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This will absolutely suck if it gets canceled.
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If ABC cancels the show, I suggest that the producers "shop" it to another network, like Lifetime or Bravo. Why? Because women, gays and people that appreciate the finer things in life and enjoy going back to the days of glanmour and civility, watch their programs. ABC is a third place network and is apparently run my executives with a trigger happy cancellation button! Pan Am, please migrate to Lifetime or Bravo, we will tune in every week!
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Wow...this is sad! I love this show!! Not only does it have a great cast...the storylines are full of extremely interesting plots!!! Why does ABC give COMPLETE CRAP shows a fighting chance and just sit back and let this gem be cancelled......something very wrong with tht!
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The fact of the matter is that Pan Am was inspired by and has been far outclassed by Mad Men . They made Pan Am hoping to get Mad Men ratings and that just isn't happening, so now they need to figure out if the ratings are high enough to keep around, now that it missed its high set bar.
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I am not happy! I feel like a lot of people are watching pan am and that abc should at least give it a full season. I dvr it every week!
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I'm sad hat they didn't give this show a chance to really show what it can show. I get it that it's not smart to keep a dwindling show alive, but the underlying plot of Kate being a spy didn't even fully come to full force! They gave worse shows a lot longer then they've given Pan am. I'm not happy.
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Geez ABC, way to committ to a quality show. Yes it's not perfect, but it had moments of excellence and A LOT of potential. So tired of networks backing down before giving shows a season or 2 to pick up speed and popularity. The rating weren't terrible, just not great. There are many shows that had weak ratings the first season but went on to be big (or at least moderate) hits. 'Cheers' nearly got cancelled after its first season. Give shows a chance networks, otherwise people are going to stop watching altogether for fear of getting attached to a show. Big thumbs down on this decision, while so many stupid shows lacking substance or potential get picked up.
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Nnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooo .... OOhhhhh Colette i am going to mis you ;|
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Didn't I recall earlier that Pan Am had been green-lighted for 5 more episodes instead of the typical back 9, which would give it a total of 18 episodes? I believe I read that here! So what the heck happened?
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I like the show a lot and keep hoping that this doesn't mean bad news. Well, it's almost Christmas perhaps Santa can help? I don't need every show to be innovative or provocative. I like being entertained and Pan Am did that just fine. It seems impossible to give new series time to develop nowadays but with some material it can't be hit or miss in a matter of only a few episodes. I hope ABC reconsiders giving Pan Am another season.
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I've not watched the series but if it deals with a lot of the inequalities of the time.. like how many of the lovely girls in the poster are ethnic, or sex discrimination etc etc. Despite Ricci's flatmates interests... it doesn't testify to being anything innovative.



Anyway... it's provided a bench-mark of mediocrity: Post TV critic Hank Stuever has landed on a handy way to sort the new shows, with one simple question: Better or worse than dead-average "Pan Am?"



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/television/features/2011/fall-tv/
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che palle
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That's a sad news :( One of the 2 good new shows this season...it was entertaining and sweet...I hate you almost as much as I hate FOX for cancelling Vanished a few years back...
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Useless show.
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Are you kidding? Did you actually watch it?
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It was not a great show but it was very well made and acted. The flight attendants, the pure heart and focus of "Pan Am", did very well in their respective roles. It's unfortunate "Pan Am" did not connect with viewers.
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I agree. It was boring but had great characters. That's basically why I kept watching it.
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I really loved this show, I'm sad to see it go, but it wouldn't be the first time that happens, nor the worst (*cough*firefly*cough*)
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Whoa, Whoa, Whoa! Lets not insult Firefly by comparing it to this. I kid, I kid.
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this really is a sad and bad news for me, I loved the show:/
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Did anyone really think this was going to last? Hopefully, GCB (formerly Good Christian Bitches... *shudders*) follows the same fate.
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GCB is a really stupid name for a show. 3 letters. How interesting.
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lol I was going to watch that show based on the name alone but they changed it. :(
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Canned Am
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In the same day it is announced that Pan Am is basically canceled and American Airlines files bankruptcy, coincidence? Pan Am is basically a good show, nothing out of this world but entertaining but we are getting used to networks canceling proved successful shows and replacing them with new shows that will be canceled without letting them mature.
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grounded!
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I have to admit that Pan Am is one of the reasons I've bothered to watch anything on ABC this season. Last year they had nothing of interest for me. When it's gone I won't be watching anything on the network at least until next year.

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It's not a bad show. Why don't they just admit it's been canceled, the writing is on the wall...
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I feel sad for Christina Ricci. Pan Am is quite well done and she's the best thing on the show, so it's too bad it didn't work out. She looked so great in the 1960s setting!
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Lol American Airlines
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Noooooooooooooooooooooooo why ABC why Pan Am is one of my favorite new shows cant say that there are many new shows I like hope you don't do the same to Revenge
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Revenge is doing really well in ratings, so much that ABC has already picked up a full season weeks ago. Pan Am had a good start, but their ratings are nowhere near what they use to be.
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Aww sad. It was decent, kind of boring. The characters were good though. I hate how ABC always lies to fans though!!! Oh it's not cancelled, don't worry! Then they drop the ax! Because of that I'm trying to watch as little on ABC as possible!
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Honestly I still think out of all the broadcast networks, ABC still takes the most risks with TV programming. It sucks, but if people aren't watching, then sponsors don't and won't pay for the commercials between show segments. It's the business model curse of the broadcast network. It's basically free to watch and commercials are where the budget for TV shows on Broadcast networks comes from. So I'll say it again, it sucks but it's basic math.
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Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! Please dont cancel its so good!!!!
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Its sad because I found Pan Am very well done and a nice portrait of the 1960s.
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ABC is making another mistake , Pan Am is so good
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ABC fucking sucks! it cancels all good shows
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Guess the popular "reality", and I use the term lightly (I mean how REAL are the Kardashians?) shows win again. So much for a good show that is not a crime procedural, or dating or BB or fat show etc. All I can say is thank god for OUAT for being different and actually winning in the ratings. I enjoy Pan Am and hope it does come back for another season but knowing how networks actually respect their viewers (just look how much they chop and change when a show airs time/day/repeat/new). Time and people actually letting them know what they think may tell.

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What your saying is true - so true that you've missed your own point. Reality TV is cheap to produce. They're not actors - although many would vociferously argue that it's "scripted reality" [and I wouldn't disagree]. Shows like Pan AM are expensive to make. If it doesn't capture that Harajuku Kardashian Moment then it can't justify the high costs. Besides, that 'other 60s show' is coming back in the first quarter of 2012 - "Mad Men." Pan AM had a great run but "it's not you, it's me" says ABC.
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It's sad that money is more important than quality.
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It's a fun show, I hope it stays or finds a new home.
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Trust the BBC to buy a boring show.
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we might have wait and see, what GCB will do in the rating?
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