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'Pan Am' Premiere: Kate Takes on a US Intelligence Assignment (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 6:45AM
'Pan Am' - 'Pilot'There's a lot more going on with 'Pan Am' (Sun., 10PM ET on ABC) than pretty girls in form-fitting stewardess uniforms. Set in the depths of the cold war, we got things started right away with one of our stewardesses, Kate (Kelli Garner), tasked to make a document switch to help a Russian man get detained at a stop.

She spent much of the flight figuring out how to change his passport without him knowing, and through some ingenuity and quick thinking on her feet, despite plenty of other distractions, she got the job done.

And then she found out it wasn't the job she thought at all.

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Hats Off to TV's Most Stylish Topped-Off Stars

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2011 5:30PM
Fall TV HatsThe hottest trend of the fall isn't period dramas, remakes, or fairy tales. It's hats.

Indeed, co-starring in NBC's 'Prime Suspect' alongside Maria Bello's Detective Jane Timoney is her character's black chapeau. It's ever-present in the first episode, and judging from stills for future episodes, it isn't going anywhere.

The trend isn't isolated to NBC. ABC's 'Pan Am' features stylish stewardesses in the airline's iconic 1960s vintage pillbox hats. The ladies of 'Charlie's Angels' use baseball caps to go undercover. Then there's 'Hell on Wheels' and its assortment of cowboy hats, 'The Walking Dead' and its zombie survival head toppers, 'The Playboy Club' and its bunny ears -- come on, those totally count -- and Dylan McDermott's 'American Horror Story' cap that looks shockingly similar to the one in 'Prime Suspect.'

In honor of the 'Prime Suspect' premiere (Thu., Sept. 22, 10PM ET on NBC) let's take a look at the hats of fall TV. Check them out below!

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A Few Thoughts on 'Prime Suspect' and 'Pan Am' (More to Come)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 22nd 2011 5:00PM
We're getting toward the end of one of the most insane weeks in the television season, and I'd be lying if I didn't confess that my brain grows more fried and crispy by the hour.

But on the off chance that anyone was looking for me to review 'Prime Suspect' and 'Pan Am' this week, I want to offer one or two thoughts on each show, and explain why I'm waiting to review these high-profile dramas. ('Prime Suspect' premieres 10PM ET Thursday on NBC.)

The shows have a few things in common, actually, most notably compelling performances from their lead actresses (Maria Bello in 'Suspect' and Christina Ricci in 'Pan Am'). But what really unites these disparate dramas -- one follows the progress of a tough New York cop, the other is a retro look at the lives of stewardesses in the '60s -- is the fact that it's just too early to judge either one.

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Real-Life Pan Am Stewardesses Review ABC's 'Pan Am' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 20th 2011 2:15PM
What Real- Life Pan Am Stewardesses Think of ABC's 'Pan Am''Pan Am' is one of the most anticipated new shows of the fall 2011 TV season -- several AOL TV staffers gave the series a hearty "watch it!" after viewing the initial pilot -- but the show's toughest critics might actually be the women who lived 'Pan Am.'

That's why AOL TV gathered a group of real-life veteran Pan Am stewardesses and sat them down to watch the 'Pan Am' premiere episode. The ladies, who all flew during the 1960s, weren't shy about sharing their opinions.

Anne Sweeney, Leslie Paine Anding, Lone Pedersen Schweitzer, Carol Cosad Young, Sheila Saunders and Gladys del Valle Picket were quick to point out that the now-PC term "flight attendants" does not apply to what they did on Pan Am.

"Oh absolutely we were stewardesses," said Leslie Paine Anding, a Pan Am stewardess from 1965-74. "I wasn't anybody's attendant, thank you very much."

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What to Watch: September 19 - 25

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 19th 2011 8:00AM
Roast of Charlie Sheen - Monday September 19, 10 p.m. ET/PT, Comedy

If anyone out there is still interested in the Charlie Sheen train-wreck tour of 2011, it's making a stop on Comedy this week - about 30 weeks too late. Sheen's appearance at the Emmys proved he lost his sense of humour along with his dignity around the time he got fired from 'Two and a Half Men' but hopefully the professional comics and various celebs can keep this thing funny. Seth MacFarlane of 'Family Guy' is the ring leader, and roasters include Jon Lovitz, Kate Walsh, William Shatner and Slash.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Sept 19-25

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 18th 2011 2:00PM
Two and a Half MenNote: Since this is officially "premiere week," with dozens of new and returning shows airing, I'm emphasizing the "picks" portion of the title and only spotlighting a selection of the most noteworthy offerings. For a full listing of new and returning shows and their timeslots, check out our fall premiere grid or alphabetized list to plan your schedule.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

'Eureka' (8PM ET, SyFy)
season finale
After a controversial summer which saw the renewal and subsequent surprise cancellation of the series, the show's fourth season comes to a close with a dramatic episode guest-starring Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton. A special holiday episode will air in December before 'Eureka' returns for its final season next year.

'Two and a Half Men' (9PM ET, CBS) season premiere
'2 Broke Girls' (9:30PM ET, CBS) series premiere
One is a comedy I've never seen, the other is one of my favorite comedies of the fall -- guess which is which? Though I've never sat through an episode of 'Two and a Half Men' before, I can't deny that I'm curious to see how the long-running Chuck Lorre comedy will reinvent itself post-Charlie Sheen -- with the addition of Ashton Kutcher, it has the potential to be either an epic comeback, or an epic trainwreck (check out AOL TV's exclusive interview with Kutcher, Cryer and Jones here). More of a sure thing, however, is the charming '2 Broke Girls,' one of my favorite comedy pilots of the season. Centered around a bristly Brooklynite and a Park Avenue princess, the risqué comedy had me laughing out loud for the majority of the episode, which is more than can be said for a lot of the new sitcoms this year ...

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Justin Long Joins 'New Girl,' Lonely Island Member Books 'Up All Night' & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 2nd 2011 2:40PM
Justin LongZooey Deschanel is getting an equally adorkable love interest on 'New Girl' when Justin Long joins the cast.

Long -- yes, the movie star and Mac guy from the Apple commercials -- will play a recurring love interest for Deschanel's character, Jess.

According to EW, Long will play Paul, a music teacher, in three episodes of the new comedy about a lovelorn newly single woman living with three dudes.

'New Girl' premieres Tues., Sept. 20, 9PM ET on Fox. Long is set to appear in episode six.

Aww, hipster love!

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Meet the Fresh Faces of Fall TV

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 2nd 2011 1:00PM
Sure there are plenty of big stars coming to TV this fall, but there are also some lesser-known names to look out for.

There's a talented and sassy bunny from 'The Playboy Club,' a British TV host we'll all be swooning over, a 'Charlie's Angels' vixen you'll love to see in action and a reality TV star-turned-dramatic leading man.



There are also a few new additions to returning shows we love, like the familiar face that's stopping by 'Glee' to romance Mercedes, and the sexy brunette who'll be pulling double-duty on Fox this fall with a turn on 'House.'

See all of our picks for freshest faces of Fall TV, and go ahead and commit their names and faces to memory, if you haven't already -- we guarantee this won't be the last you'll see of them.

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'Pan Am' and 'The Playboy Club': Obsessive, Miniaturist and Yes, Sexist

by Stephanie Earp, posted Aug 23rd 2011 5:00PM


I always thought I was a fan of period pieces -- 'Merchant & Ivory,' HBO's 'Rome', Austen adaptations -- but I wish the '60s would go away. Not the '60s as they happened, the '60s as they've been reconstructed by pop culture. Nostalgia for this version is so tedious. The clothes are so specific and so binding, the important historical figures and dates are capital-"I" important, and the rampant inequality on display is plain old gross.

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'ER' Star Books 'Pan Am' Trip

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 18th 2011 11:15AM
Goran VisnjicGoran Visnjic, known to many as Dr. Luka Kovac thanks to his years on NBC's 'ER,' has booked a multi-episode guest arc on ABC's 'Pan Am.'

According Entertainment Weekly, Visnjic will play a Yugoslavian immigrant on four episodes of the 1960s-set drama.

The character is said to be torn between his communist homeland and the opportunities presented by life outside the Eastern Bloc.

After leaving 'ER,' Visnjic did a guest spot on 'Leverage' and appeared in the BBC minseries 'The Deep.'

'Pan Am' stars Christina Ricci and Mike Vogel and follows the exciting lives of Pan Am flight attendants and pilots. The series takes place during the height of Pan Am's high-flying jet-setting days.

Catch a preview of the new series after the jump.

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The Highball-o-Meter: Grading 'The Hour' and Other 'Mad Men' Lookalikes

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 17th 2011 3:45PM
Mad MenBetween BBC America's British import 'The Hour' (premieres Wed., Aug. 17 at 10PM ET), NBC's 'The Playboy Club' and ABC's 'Pan Am,' several dramas in coming weeks attempt to ride the coattails of awards darling 'Mad Men.'

The important question: Are any of them worthy of comparisons to the iconic AMC drama? I've seen them all, and here are my assessments:

'MAD MEN'
Season 5 went in to production Aug. 8; the show isn't rumored to return on AMC until March 2012
The Year/The Setting: First season began in 1960, most recent season took place in 1965.
The Handsome Man at the Center of It All: Don Draper (Jon Hamm).
The Ambitious Young Woman: Copy writer Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss).
The Witty Other Guy: Roger Sterling (John Slattery)
The General Vibe: Existential angst and dry humor filtered through a haze of cigarette smoke.
Liquor consumption level: Fairly epic.
Highball-o-meter: Four out of four. We really have to wait until next year for this show to return? Sigh.

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EXCLUSIVE Christina Ricci Answers Your Twitter Questions About 'Pan Am' (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 8th 2011 3:00PM
Christina RicciLast week, we had AOL TV readers submit questions for Christina Ricci, star of ABC's new '60s-set drama 'Pan Am.' This weekend, while at the Television Critics Association press tour, she answered 'em.

Below, watch the actress discuss what she loves about playing Maggie, a rebellious Pan Am stewardess, and why she decided to head to TV full-time for the project.

'Pan Am' premieres Sept. 25 at 10PM ET on ABC.

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TCA Report: 'Pan Am' Panel Talks Espionage, Sexism and the Joy of Flying

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 7th 2011 4:15PM
Nostalgia is a potent cocktail, and two new shows are hoping to capitalize on audiences' fondness for the swingin' sixties this fall: NBC's 'The Playboy Club' and ABC's 'Pan Am'. Of the two, 'Pan Am' has a little more meat on its bones -- while 'Playboy' is frivolous and soapy, 'Pan Am' is concerned with character backstory, probably due to the involvement of Jack Orman (executive producer of 'ER') and Thomas Schlamme (director of 'The West Wing').

Pan Am TCA panel
Though on the surface, the jetsetting series seems to have a lot in common with AMC's 'Mad Men,' the producers insist that the similarities stop at the time period. "TV is just execution," Schlamme pointed out. "It has nothing to do with 'Mad Men,' we just hope our show is executed in a good way. They are both set in the sixties because it's a great time period -- I hope there will be shows set in the seventies, in the 1880s, wherever we can tell good stories."

Check out more highlights from the Television Critics Association panel after the jump.

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Mike Vogel Lands 'Pan Am' Pilot Role, 'Torchwood' Actor Books 'Nikita' Gig & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 17th 2011 4:00PM
Mike VogelAttention passengers, you have a new 'Pan Am' pilot in the form of Mike Vogel.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 'Blue Valentine' actor will replace Jonah Lotan on the new ABC drama. Besides 'Blue Valentine,' Vogel appeared in 'Miami Medical' and 'Cloverfield.'

Vogel will play Dean, a young pilot living out his childhood dream of flying the friendly skies. The 1960s-set drama also stars Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner and Michael Mosley.

Look for 'Pan Am' to take off on ABC on Sun., Sept. 25 at 10PM.

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Lance Bass Working on All-Star Boy Band Reality Show, 'Pan Am' Re-Casts and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 17th 2011 7:50PM
Lance BassIs the age of the boy band over? Not according to Lance Bass.

The former *NSync member is putting together a reality show with Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean, New Edition frontman Bobby Brown and New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre to form the country's hottest new boy band.

"It's a really great music show, starring all your favorite boy bands. It's going to be really fun," Bass told Vulture. "They're all going to form a boy band, each, from the most talented guys in America that I've scouted, and then they'll go head-to-head in a competition to see who the best band is, so it's bragging rights for the guy in the group, for sure."

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