We always hear interesting stories about what happens to once-canceled series — but even through this lens, the following news still comes across as a surprise.
According to Deadline, Amazon has been approached by Sony Pictures TV about picking up “Pan Am” — a show that (if you remember) we were gigantic fans of before it was unceremoniously canceled due to some low ratings. If the ratings are low, why would Amazon do this? The answer is really pretty simple. It could cater the show to an international audience, and Christina Ricci and company were extremely popular in such places as Europe and Canada during the show’s brief run. Since Sony produces the show, though, ABC wasn’t really seeing the money from this — and thus, they didn’t have a reason to keep the show around.
Amazon, like Netflix and Hulu, is looking to develop some original programming, and the show is early enough in its run that it could be branded as something created by them, for them. As is always the case with these deals, though, the issue here could be budget. While there are millions of devoted “Pan Am” fans, it’s unclear whether any of them would be willing to pay to watch a show that they were once seeing for free.
At the moment, it’s still too early to even be remotely optimistic about this — though it should be mentioned that fans of “Pan Am” have been campaigning for some time, and “Cougar Town” was recently moved to TBS after posting similar ratings.
Do you think “Pan Am” could find a new audience somewhere else?