ABC's 'Pan Am' Will Stay True to the 1960s -- With One Big Exception EW
ABC’s new drama “Pan Am” is making a point of re-creating the mood of the 1960s, much in the way that the show it’s often compared to -- AMC’s “Mad Men” -- has succeeded in capturing the feel of that decade.
But “Pan Am” is making one big concession to more modern sensibilities: Despite the fact that smoking on Pan Am flights was a regular thing in the 1960s, the new show will not depict any of the principals smoking cigarettes on flights or in the terminals, reports Entertainment Weekly.
There will be some extras with cigarettes, but the stars, including Christina Ricci and Margot Robbie, won't light up.
According to executive producer Thomas Schlamme, "It's an enormous impressionable element. It's the one revisionist cheat."
In contrast to "Pan Am," the 1960s characters on "Mad Men" smoke frequently.
“Pan Am” is set to premiere Sept. 25.