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'Pan Am' Cast On Nipple-High Pants & Why You Should Give the Show Another Try

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 2nd 2011 12:05PM
Pan Am Cast Interviews'Pan Am' is on the bubble -- a very stylish bubble.

Rumors of the show's cancellation spread like wildfire after star Karine Vanasse took to Twitter and said she received "the call." But the show is safe for the time being, according to a statement from ABC affirming the network's commitment to air all 14 episodes of Season 1 and confirming that it is still being considered for renewal.

"It's only going to get better," Christina Ricci told AOL TV during a visit to the show's New York set in early November. "It's just our first [season]. We're still trying things out and figuring out what works and what doesn't. I feel like we're just going to get better and better."

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Is 'Pan Am' Canceled? ABC Says No

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 29th 2011 3:25PM
Pan Am CanceledHas ABC canceled 'Pan Am'? Series star Karine Vanasse sent a vague tweet about the future of the series.

"Well, we received THE call, #PanAm is only coming back for one more episode after Christmas," she said on Twitter. "But up to the end, we'll give it our all!"

The series, set in the 1960s, followed a group of young stewardesses and pilots as they traveled the world as part of Pan American World Airways. Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Kelli Garner, Mike Vogel and Michael Mosley round out the cast.

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Sherry Stringfield Books TNT Movie, Louis C.K. Returning to 'Parks & Rec' and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 28th 2011 6:55PM
Sherry Stringfield Hornet's Nest'ER' veteran Sherry Stringfield will co-star opposite Virginia Madsen in TNT's 'Hornet's Nest.'

Based on the Patricia Cornwell novel, the film will be part of TNT's Mystery Movie Night and debut spring 2012. Madsen will play police chief Judy Hammer and Stringfield will play her top deputy, Virigina West. The two make a serial killer their top priority.

Robbie Amell plays reporter Andy Brazil, Michael Boatman co-stars as Richard Panesa and Michael Silver rounds out the cast as Hammer's deputy chief, Adam Goode. Hammer pairs Stringfield's character up with Brazil's cub reporter, causing some friction.

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'Pan Am' Sneak Peek: Aaron Diaz is Ready for an 'Unscheduled Departure'

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 13th 2011 11:20AM
pan am Maggie is getting fun and flirty in this sassy sneak peek of this week's action-packed 'Pan Am' episode, 'Unscheduled Departure' (Sun., Nov. 13, 10PM ET on ABC).

In 'Unscheduled Departures,' the crew encounters serious turbulence -- both inside and outside the plane -- on the way to Caracas, Venezuela. A passenger suffers a heart attack and it turns out there's no doctor on board the flight. Ted (Michael Mosley) and Colette (Karine Vanasse) venture out on their own to find help.

The clip shows Maggie (Christina Ricci) getting a little flirty with an entrepreneur named Miguel, played by Mexican actor Aaron Diaz. Miguel is a frequent flyer who is on a first name basis with the Pan Am stewardesses.

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'Twilight' Star Joins 'Pan Am,' 50 Cent Books Fox Role and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 11th 2011 5:30PM
Ashley Greene'Twilight' star Ashley Greene has joined the cast of 'Pan Am.' According to EW, Alice Cullen Greene will appear in three episodes of the ABC drama.

Greene will play a debutante who has a connection to Ted (Michael Mosley). Look for the actress to make her debut in the Dec. 5 episode, 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.'

'Pan Am' has yet to receive a full season order. The network ordered more scripts of the freshman drama, but ABC is playing a wait and see game with the ratings.

Want more 'Pan Am' scoop? Check out our interviews with the stars about the Nov. 13 episode.

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'Pan Am' Cast Previews Sunday's Action-Packed Episode

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 11th 2011 1:30PM
Take four very spirited stewardesses, two manly pilots, a hostile war zone and tropical storm conditions and mix them together. What do you get? 'Unscheduled Departure,' an action-packed episode of 'Pan Am' (Sun., Nov. 13, 10PM ET on ABC).

"This is actually my favorite episode," Margot Robbie told AOL TV on the New York set of the ABC drama. "I think it's my favorite episode so far. Berlin, I really, really love, but this one I literally couldn't put the script down, and I'm not just saying that."

Unscheduled Departures Pan Am Preview

In 'Unscheduled Departures,' the crew encounters serious turbulence -- both inside and outside the plane -- on the way to Caracas, Venezuela. A passenger suffers a heart attack and it turns out there's no doctor on board the flight. Ted (Michael Mosley) and Colette (Karine Vanasse) venture out on their own to find help.

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ABC Gives 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Last Man Standing' & 'Happy Endings' Full Season Orders

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 4th 2011 7:15AM
Snow White and Prince CharmingThe fall has been kind to ABC; after recent full season orders for 'Revenge' and 'Suburgatory,' the Alphabet network is doubling down with pickups for two more of their freshman series, fantasy drama 'Once Upon a Time' and Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing.'

Though 'Once' has only aired two episodes so far, it's already the highest-rated new drama of the season, managing an average 12.3 million viewers and a robust 4.0 rating in the coveted adults 18-49 demo. Allen's male-skewing comedy has seen some audience erosion since its premiere, but it's still performing well on Tuesday nights (12.7 million and a 3.7 demo), where ABC had previously struggled to make an impact.

Sophomore comedy 'Happy Endings' has seen series-high ratings in recent weeks, and finally seems to be catching on with viewers in its post-'Modern Family' slot, which has earned it a full 22 episodes. (Ah-mah-zing!)

Bad news for 'Pan Am' and 'Man Up' though ...

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Fall TV: A Mid-Season Report

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 1st 2011 11:47AM


It's always tempting at this time of year to look for patterns where perhaps none exist. With four confirmed cancellations ('Charlie's Angels,' 'The Playboy Club,' 'How to be a Gentleman' and 'Free Agents') and several on-the-bubble new shows ('Pan Am,' 'Prime Suspect,' 'Body of Proof'), the only real theme (besides being awful) is a tendency to take themselves too seriously. I do take some satisfaction from seeing all the nostalgia shows die an early death. Apparently the one thing 'The Playboy Club' team didn't look up about 'Mad Men' were the ratings -- a couple million viewers. It was also the only thing they were able to duplicate.

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'ER' Alum Goran Visnjic On His Complicated 'Pan Am' Character & Maybe Returning to TV

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 21st 2011 3:15PM
Goran Visnjic, 'Pan Am'Goran Visnjic scrubbed in at County General on 'ER' when George Clooney left the series, playing Dr. Luka Kovac, an emergency room attending whose wife and kids were killed in the Croatian War of Independence. It's a recent war, but one that most Americans know very little about.

Beginning this Sunday (Oct. 23, 10PM ET on ABC), Visnjic is back on TV for a four-episode arc on 'Pan Am' -- he's playing Yugoslavian U.N. diplomat Niko Lonza, a complicated man who woos stewardess Kate (Kelli Garner) -- in a role that takes him back to a very different time in the neutral but still Communist country.

Having grown up in Yugoslavia himself, Visnjic had a lot to add to the character, who was crafted for him by fellow 'ER' alums, executive producer Jack Orman (who's showrunner on 'Pan Am' now) and writer Lydia Woodward. And while he started off our chat saying he couldn't say much about Niko, he ended up spilling quite a bit.

Keep reading for more on their whirlwind romance, the political turmoil involved, an upcoming trip around the world for the 'Pan Am' crew and his storyline's sad ending. "Well, let's say they don't kill him. On screen," Visjnic teased with a laugh.

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'Pan Am' Running Low on Ratings Fuel: Fans Explain Why

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 17th 2011 2:40PM
Pan Am RatingsOne of the most anticipated new fall shows has quickly become one of the lowest rated. What happened to 'Pan Am'?

After debuting to more than 11 million viewers, 'Pan Am' is shedding viewers week after week. The Sun., Oct. 16 episode was watched by 5.9 million viewers with a low 1.8 in the 18-49 rating. That's quite some ratings turbulence for 'Pan Am.'

So why are viewers abandoning the ABC period drama? Are you still watching? And if not, why not?

Fans share their thoughts via Twitter and Facebook after the jump ...

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Maggie Skips Her Flight to Try and Meet J.F.K. on 'Pan Am' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 10th 2011 4:00AM
'Pan Am' - 'Ich Bin Ein Berliner'This week, we finally delved a little deeper into what makes Maggie (Christina Ricci) tick on 'Pan Am' (Sun., 10PM ET on ABC). We also got to see some bonding between Kate and Colette, as the latter struggled emotionally on a trip to Berlin. This was 1963 after all, meaning she remembered the Nazi occupation of France from her childhood.

But 1963 in Berlin means something else as well, and that's what showed us how determined Maggie can be when she sees something she wants. We learned that she volunteered the most hours of anyone during President Kennedy's run for office, but she missed out on an opportunity to meet him. At least, until Kennedy's infamous speech in Berlin in the summer of 1963.

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Which New Shows Have You Already Given Up On? Our DVR Discards

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 5th 2011 12:00PM
There's a moment of hope in the air right before the weather starts getting cooler, leaves start changing, back-to-school pencils get sharpened and new TV shows premiere for fall. In that blissful time, pilots seem like seedlings of hope, bursting with the possibility of something great, something must-see, something worthy of six seasons and a movie.

And then the shows all premiere and we quickly lose interest in a good majority of them. It's the law of DVR averages -- you just can't record everything.

'Pan Am': hit or miss?
We've already seen the first pick-up (Fox's 'New Girl') and first cancellation (NBC's 'Playboy Club') of the new fall TV season, but which of the new shows have we already given up on?

One of those (ahem -- you know who you are, bunnies!) dropped off all our season pass lists, while the adorkable one at the other end of the spectrum won most of us over ... but not all. Check out our gallery to see which new shows the AOL TV staff has said goodbye to*, and share your own failed attempts at finding entertainment in the comments.

*Editor's note: We haven't all said goodbye to all of these shows. We got one pick per person, and the opinions of each person do not reflect the opinions of the entire staff. Except where 'Playboy Club' is concerned. That was just bad.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Oct 3-9

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 2nd 2011 11:10AM
Robin - HIMYMMONDAY, OCTOBER 3

'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM ET, CBS)
Last week's hilarious episode was a return to form for the aging comedy, and we're hoping that tonight's offering can maintain that momentum. After Robin assaults a girl who is out to ruin Barney's relationship, she is forced to begin court-mandated therapy sessions. Meanwhile, Ted gets too involved in Lily's pregnancy. Featuring Kal Penn as Robin's therapist, in his first acting role since joining the Obama Administration -- you go, Kumar!

'House' (9PM ET, Fox) season premiere
After last season's controversial finale, we pick up one year later, with everyone's favorite Vicodin addict behind bars. When an antagonistic prison gang leader makes a serious threat, House solicits the help of a fellow inmate (guest star Jaleel White), but when another inmate's unusual medical symptoms spark his curiosity, House must come up with creative ways to treat the patient while navigating prison rules.

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'Pan Am' Preview: 'We'll Always Have Paris' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 1st 2011 12:00PM
Margot Robbie as Laura on 'Pan Am'Did you love 'Pan Am' as much as we did? Judging by this preview, this week's episode looks just as high on the glam factor ...

Titled 'We'll Always Have Paris' (Sun., Oct. 2, 10:01PM ET on ABC), we'll see flashbacks to what happened right after Laura (Margot Robbie) pulled the runaway bride routine. Seems she and rebellious sister Kate (Kelli Garner) haven't quite put the mess behind them -- with Laura's face splashed across Time Magazine, their mom (guest star Kate Jennings Grant) surprises and confronts them as a passenger on one of their flights to Paris.

We also see sassy Maggie (Christina Ricci) killing an aggressive passenger with kindness, and a new connection between Dean (Mike Vogel) and Colette (Karine Vanasse). Wait, has he already given up on trying to find Bridget (Annabelle Wallis)?

Intrigued? Tell us what you think of the show in the comments.

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Is 'The Playboy Club' or 'Pan Am' More Accurate?

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 27th 2011 4:00PM
The Playboy Club, Pan AmAt the heart of NBC's 'The Playboy Club' and ABC's 'Pan Am' are trailblazing women. These two new fall shows are based on real-life happenings of the 1960s and have some very vocal critics and it's looking like women who lived through the period are happier with 'Pan Am.'

Over at Vanity Fair, former Chicago Playboy bunny Marilyn Miller wasn't shy in sharing her disdain for the new NBC series.

"I'm so disappointed," Miller said. "They did a wonderful job re-creating the club physically, but everything else..."

Miller said the show is filled with inaccuracies. The bunnies never danced with or dated customers, nor were there mobsters and politicians.

"I didn't like the whole show. I thought it was cheap, it was degrading, it was demoralizing. It makes the Bunnies seem silly," she said. "Not one Bunny I know liked the show. Everyone is hoping it gets canceled."

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