Pan Am: ABC Denies Cancellation But…

Pan Am canceled?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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  1. Lidia says

    I miss the show as well! It was so nice to tune in for something that provided a little nostalgia (sorely needed) as well as an unpredictable and thought provoking storyline! Where do we go for more?

  2. Barb says

    WHY, WHY, WHY? Just when you get a show that delivers in great writing, acting and story line its ready to be dumped. This reminds me of MASH, slow start and look where it went after they decided to give it a second chance. The big shots don’t get it.
    Thanks to all of you at Pan Am for doing your best and giving us some real entertainement.

  3. Michael Gallagher says

    Personally, I think Pan Am is a Great show with a lot of class. I am so sick of Networks killing off really good shows. It is very hard to get real measurements in a DVR age. Just hope they will give it a 2nd chance – maybe even on a different night. Some of the new stuff out like GCB is very lame and needs to go yesterday.

  4. Michael Gallagher says

    It is May 10th and still there is nothing firm regarding Pan Am coming back for a 2nd season or cancelled. It is a great show and deservces a 2nd chance. I have yet to find anyone I know that did not like it. Maybe ABC needs to put it on a different night. GCB is about as lame as it comes – now that one can be cancelled yesterday for sure.

  5. Rod says

    Great show, I love it! Considering what is on TV now days, there sure must be some other program/programs that deserve to be cancelled. Pan Am has a refreshing cast and good writers, so give them a second opportunity to entertain us! Thanks

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