For several months, it appeared as though there was still hope that “Pan Am” was going to soar into the sky on a different network or even Amazon following its unsurprising cancellation by ABC — unfortunately, that search has now ended.
The sad news was confirmed by executive producer (and former flight attendant) Nancy Hult Ganis, who explained in a post on World Wings International’s Facebook page:
“After ABC cancelled the show, there was a gallant effort by the team at Sony to resurrect the series through various other venues … Unfortunately for those who enjoyed the episodes or the promise of what it could or should have been, the ‘Pan Am’ series officially ended this past weekend.”
Despite getting off to a pretty great start upon its premiere this past September, it quickly ended up losing nearly two-thirds of its 18-49 viewing audience, and was removed from the schedule after its first season ended to make way for another now-canceled show in “GCB.” Its chances at a revival were slim — even though it had a loyal contingent of diehard fans, the show also looked expensive to shoot compared to many other network series.
The good news is that some of the actors are already finding some other great work. Margot Robbie (Laura) is in final discussions for a role in Martin Scorsese’s next movie alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, and Michael Mosley (Ted) had a brief two-episode stint on “30 Rock” as the man Avery Jessup developed an awkward relationship with while trapped in North Korea. Mike Vogel (Dean) has filmed a comedy pilot, but it was not picked up for the fall season.
With this news now officially coming down, let’s just celebrate “Pan Am” and remember it for the smart, creative show that it was. There was nothing like it on TV, and thanks to that it will very much be missed.