Today, actress Karine Vanasse sent out a tweet indicating that Pam Am had been cancelled and it had TV fans and pundits in a tizzy.
The actress wrote, “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!” (A French-Canadian, she also tweeted it in French: “C’est confirme, un seul episode de plus en janvier pour #PanAm. J’espere que vous serez la jusqu’a la fin!”)
ABC reps were quick to respond by saying that the show has not been cancelled and is still under consideration for a second season. The cast and crew are continuing to produce the 13 episodes the network initially ordered as well as one more. A final decision won’t be made until May.
Vanasse later tweeted to say, “Sorry for the confusion #PanAm fans; we still have 5 new episodes to air until February!” You’ll note that Vanasse didn’t say that the show hasn’t been cancelled, merely that there are still a handful of unaired episodes remaining.
Though the network won’t admit it, and there’s certainly no benefit for them to do so, the early assumptions are on track.
The retro-drama is one of the lowest shows on the network and currently has a “D+” grade on this season’s report card. Realistically, Pan Am is not coming back for a second season and the network’s actions support that theory.
In releasing their mid-season schedule, we know that ABC has opted to take Pan Am off the air after February. That means that, if ABC wanted to renew it, they’d have to put a lot of money into relaunching the show, one that had been off the air for at least seven months. There’s simply no point in putting that much effort into a show that has been limping through its first season.
It seems likely that ABC ordered the extra episode so that producers will be able to wrap up the series in a satisfying way. Hopefully for fans that’s what they’re doing.
What do you think? Do you think that Pan Am is actually cancelled? Is there any hope for a second season?
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