ABC's PAN AM Officially Canceled
An ABC executive has confirmed that the ABC drama series PAN AM has been officially canceled. Sony had made a last ditch attempt to resurrect the low-rated show by finding it another home, but was unable to do so.
In a letter to World Wings International, a non-profit organization of former Pan Am flight attendants, Nancy Hult Ganis, a former Pan Am flight attendant and executive producer on the ABC series, made the announcement on a Facebook post which read:
"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."
She continued, "I will be forever grateful for all of the support (and criticism), the chance to reconnect with friends and make new acquaintances, and the opportunity to relive the memories through retelling our stories. Many of you contributed those stories and we lovingly turned them over to the writers only to be sadly disappointed with the outcome. Knowing what 'might or should have been' was heartbreaking and to those who felt disappointed, I am deeply sorry. For those who just had fun with the crazy process, I thank you for hanging in."<
Recent reports had surfaced that Amazon would be picking up the series for its streaming service but a deal never materialized. According to Ganis, all the contracts of the cast and crew have expired.
PAN AM began the season with solid ratings, attracting more than 11 million viewers and a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. However, ratings quickly fell and the series finale in February 2012 had an audience of only 3.8 million viewers and a 1.2 rating.
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