Star's tweet leads to fears that show's wings are clipped
Mais non, Pan Am is not canceled.
Karine Vanasse (second from right in photo), who plays French flight attendant Collette on the ABC drama, set off fears that its wings have been clipped when she tweeted what sounded like news of its demise Tuesday:
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"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!" she wrote.
Well, it wasn't exactly THE call: "Pan Am" will only shoot 14 episodes this season, including the 13 full episodes ABC originally ordered. It also ordered five additional scripts, and will shoot and air one of them, a person at ABC said. The person said it is unlikely to shoot the four remaining scripts this season.
But ABC and Sony Pictures Television, the studio that produces the show, say it is not canceled. A person at Sony says that the studio and network are negotiating over how many more episodes the series will shoot this season, and that ABC will decide later whether it will return for a second season, but that it remains very much in contention.
ABC announced earlier this month that the new drama "GCB" will take over its Sundays-at-10 timeslot beginning Sunday, March 4.
The show has had turbulent ratings (no more airplane stuff after this, we promise) since its premiere this fall, and last aired Nov. 13. That episode mustered a 1.8 rating/4 share, losing much of the 3.0/7 for lead-in "Desperate Housewives."
ABC aired the American Music Awards the following Sunday, and this past Sunday aired the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "Have a Little Faith," which scored a dismal 1.1/2.