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

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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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