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Pan Am is temporarily grounded by ABC

The Pan Am girls

Story by Jack Foley

AVIATION drama Pan Am has been temporarily grounded by ABC.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network will produce only one more episode of the five additional scripts it ordered for the first season, meaning that there will only now be 14 episodes.

The six remaining originals will start airing in the US from this Sunday (December 4, 2011), with five being broadcast in January.

Insiders are quoted as saying that the show remains a viable option for a second season but is being put to one side to make room for mid-season series GCB.

The news doesn’t quite spell the end yet for the show, which launched to promising viewer figures in September before losing more than 3 million for its second episode. But cast members have reacted already on Twitter to express disappointment.

Karine Vanasse, who plays Colette, Tweeted on Tuesday: “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!”

The series, which also stars Christina Ricci and Mike Vogel, recently secured Twilight‘s Ashley Greene for a recurring stint, as well as a new showrunner in Lost producer Steven Maeda.

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