There seems to be a bit of a miscommunication going on regarding ABC’s period drama Pan Am. Earlier this afternoon, series star Karine Vanasse, who plays French stewardess Colette Valois, alluded via Twitter to the show’s imminent cancelation. Fans were likely both surprised and saddened to hear this news, and while the sadness may not have lasted long, the surprises surely didn’t end. ABC has confirmed that, despite the context of Vanasse’s tweet, Pan Am is definitely not canceled.
Let’s sort this out. Vanasse tweeted, “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 !” Anyone who read this would (perhaps after a short bout with denial) likely have taken it as solid proof of the show’s imminent end. After all, it’s quite clear that Vanasse (without ever actually using these words) meant to indicate that the show was being canceled. And she would know, right? After all, she is a member of the main cast.
But whatever the source for Vanasse’s bad news was, it is clearly in conflict with reports from ABC. The network is affirming that Pan Am will continue on through the spring season, and is still an open candidate for a second season. ABC confirms that Pan Am is “shooting and airing 14 episodes” and will “have one more original episode this coming week, Dec. 4 and then will return in January with new episodes, airing all of them.”
So, as ironclad as the contract of Twitter usually is, it seems as though Pan Am fans can rest easy, knowing that ABC is insistent on keeping the show going at least through the 2011-’12 television season.
Pan Am airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.