ABC has been forced to debunk talk that its drama, “Pan Am”, is on the chopping block after actress Karine Vanasse, who plays a flight attendant on the show, posted a tweet claiming that the series has been canceled.
So is ABC pulling the plug on Pan Am? That depends on who’s telling the story.
Series star Karine Vanasse nearly gave fans of the series a coronary when she posted a tweet about the show’s future early Tuesday.
“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!” Vanasse, who plays a French flight attendant on the program, wrote earnestly.
No sooner had the tweet gone live did ABC launch into spin control, issuing a statement denying that it’s axing Pan Am that was recently left off of its midseason schedule. Sony, which produces Pan Am, also called Vanasse’s tweet hogwash.
“Nothing has changed. We are not canceling Pan Am,” ABC-TV assured viewers in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “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. Pan Am is still in contention for next season.”
“We won’t know about that until our upfront announcement in May,” ABC chiefs added.
Well, that news got Vanasse in a better mood, but not before she exposed herself as a graduate of “Ashton Kutcher’s Tweet Now, Research Later Institute of Microblogging.”
“Sorry for the confusion #PanAmfans. We still have 5 episodes to air until February! :),” she tweeted a short time later.
“Pan Am” debuted to solid ratings when it premiered in September. Set in the 1960s, “Pan Am” focuses on the personal lives of flight attendants (or stewardesses, as they were known back in the olden days) and pilots of the now-defunct, real-life airline Pan American World Airways.