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ABC Says 'Pan Am' Not Canceled, 'In Contention' for Second Season -- Network Contradicts Tweet by Actress

By Dan Hirschhorn
Advertising Age

ABC quickly shot down rumors Tuesday that "Pan Am" is slated for cancellation after one of the series' stars implied just that on Twitter.

"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!" actress Karine Vanasse wrote Tuesday afternoon.

The message from ABC: not so fast. Only one more episode is left to shoot, but the network will air all 14 episodes that it ordered, including five slated to air next year.

"We are shooting 14 episodes and airing 14 episodes," network spokeswoman Erin Felentzer told Ad Age. "It is still in contention for next season."

ABC has ordered 22 episodes, by comparison, of "Revenge" and "Suburgatory."

Shows like "Pan Am" and NBC's "The Playboy Club" have tried to mimic the glamorous 1960s settings of AMC's "Mad Men." "Pan Am" has seen its ratings drop among adults ages 18-to-49 after a strong Sept. 25 debut. NBC axed "The Playboy Club" in October, making it the first cancellation of the new season.

A couple hours after her initial Twitter posting, Ms. Vanasse backed off, writing: "Sorry for the confusion #PanAm fans; there are still 5 new episodes to air until February :)"