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ABC's 'Pan Am' Still Flying

ABC/PATRICK HARBRON(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC will only produce just one more episode of the five additional scripts ordered for the first season of its aviation drama Pan Am, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

That means the new series will have a total of 14 produced episodes.  The report says ABC will air the six remaining originals beginning this Sunday, with five being broadcast in January.

The series about the pilots and the stewardesses of Pan American Airlines in 1963, stars Christina Ricci, Mike Vogel and Kelli Garner.  It permiered on Sept. 25.

Pan Am actress Karine Vanasse created some confusion, however, when she posted a tweet Tuesday, saying, “Well, we’ve 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!”

ABC issued a statement following Vanasse's tweet saying, “Nothing has changed.  We are not canceling Pan Am.  We are still in production and will continue to be in production finishing the original 13 episodes plus one more additional one.  We have one more original episode this coming week, Dec. 4 and then will return in January with new episodes, airing all of them.”

Vanasse later posted another, more upbeat tweet saying, ““Sorry for the confusion #PanAmfans. We still have 5 episodes to air until February! :)”

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'Pan Am:' What Critics Are Saying

ABC, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Pan Am, the new ABC series set in the 1960s whose focus is the lives of stewardesses, played by Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie and Karine Vanasse, premiered Sunday night.

Critics drew comparisons to Mad Men and NBC’s The Playboy Club, other series also set in the ’60s. Here’s what they had to say:

The Hollywood Reporter:  “Pan Am seems most intent on making the idea of the ’60s and stewardesses and ‘the jet age’ more glamorous than real. It has neither the exactitude of the times nor the talent of the writers to get at the issues, a la Mad Men, that illuminate the issues of the day. It only has the magazine ad dreams of the times – girls don’t have to be their mothers; they can also be modern women who get weighed at work and dumped at 32 for being too old.” — Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter

The New York Times:  “Mad Men, which returns for a fifth season next year, is unquestionably a far better show, but Pan Am,  like The Playboy Club, which began on NBC this week, may be a more accurate reflection of our own insecurities. Viewers may not see anything particularly fresh about this show’s foursome of stewardesses, however. The Pan Am heroines represent the dawning of the women’s movement, and they are not fully formed characters so much as stick figures borrowed from a Rona Jaffe novel.” – Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times

The New Yorker:  “Pan Am has a bit of style to it, and a note of darkness, and the formula might just work. … The show makes me think of the difference between Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the movie version: Pan Am feels like a watchable version of something whose core has been removed.” — Nancy Franklin, The New Yorker

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ABC's 'Pan Am' Among This Weekend's Season Premieres

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(NEW YORK) -- Couch potatoes will have all sorts of options on TV to choose from this weekend, with all of the major broadcast networks launching new seasons of popular shows. Here's a closer look. All times Eastern:


* A Gifted Man, 8:00 p.m. -- The new drama centers around a surgeon who begins to learn the meaning of life from his late ex-wife. Patrick Wilson and Julie Benz star.

* CSI: NY, 9:00 p.m. -- In the first episode of season eight, Mac and the team commemorate the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

* Blue Bloods, 10:00 p.m. -- The second-season premiere focuses on a supporter of the mayor-elect who's found dead.

* Kitchen Nightmares, 8:00 p.m. -- Gordon Ramsay lends a hand to a New Jersey restaurant.

* Fringe, 9:00 p.m. -- The aftermath of Peter Bishop's disappearance is explored in the fourth-season premiere.

The CW
* Nikita, 8:00 p.m. -- Maggie Q's title character plots against Division and Oversight in the second-season premiere.

* Supernatural, 9:00 p.m. -- Castiel takes over as God as the seventh season begins.


* Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m. -- Season 37 kicks off with Alec Baldwin as the host and Radiohead as the musical guest.


* Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 7:00 p.m. -- First Lady Michelle Obama makes an appearance as the crew builds a home for a woman and her son, who help homeless female veterans.

* Desperate Housewives, 9:00 p.m. -- The eighth and final season starts with the ladies of Wisteria Lane feeling guilty after they helped Carlos conceal his crime.

* Pan Am, 10:00 p.m. -- Set in the 1960s, the new drama focuses on a flight crew working for Pan Am. Christina Ricci stars.

* The Amazing Race, 8:00 p.m. -- Eleven new teams compete for the one-million-dollar grand prize.

* The Good Wife, 9:00 p.m. -- Emmy-winner Julianna Margulies' character, Alicia, defends a Muslim student who's accused of murdering a Jewish classmate in the third-season debut.

* CSI: Miami, 10:00 p.m. -- The crew chases after an escaped murderer as season 10 begins.

* The Simpsons, 8:00 p.m. -- Kiefer Sutherland and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio lends their voices to the 23rd-season premiere.

* The Cleveland Show, 8:30 p.m. -- Cleveland goes on a camping trip hosted by real-life wrestling legend Ric Flair.

* Family Guy, 9:00 p.m. -- Peter Griffin strikes it rich in the lottery to kick off season 11.

* American Dad, 9:30 p.m. -- Cee Lo Green guest stars as the voice of a hot tub purchased by Stan.

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