Pan Am Season 1 DVD Box Set
Cast and Crew
Creator: Jack Orman
Leading Role: Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie and Michael Mosley
Summary of Pan Am Season 1 DVD Box Set
Pan Am is an American period drama television series created by writer Jack Orman. Named for the iconic Pan American World Airways, the series focuses on the pilots and stewardesses of the airline as it operated in the early 1960s at the beginning of the commercial jet age.
Pan Am premiered on September 25, 2011 and ended on February 19, 2012. The time slot was subsequently filled by midseason replacement GCB. On May 11, 2012, both series were cancelled.
Sony licensed the rights to the Pan Am name and logo from Pan Am Systems, a New Hampshire–based railroad company that acquired the Pan Am brand in 1998.
The pilot episode cost an estimated $10 million. The series, produced by Sony Pictures Television, was picked up by ABC in May 2011 for the 2011–2012 schedule. ABC ordered five additional scripts in November 2011. The broadcaster later added a fourteenth episode to the series. In the middle of the first season, Steven Maeda was hired as Pan Am's new showrunner,with the mandate to "serialize and embrace the soap aspect" of the show.
In November 2011, a comment from Karine Vanasse about the future of Pan Am, and its absence from the mid-season schedule started media speculation that the series had been canceled by ABC. The network denied the rumors, with plans to complete fourteen episodes and delay any announcement regarding a second season to a later date. As stated above, the series was eventually cancelled on May 11, 2012.
Although episodes of the series depict the characters in various cities around the world, the show is filmed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and other locations around New York City. The pilot was filmed, in part, at Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage on Long Island.
According to Entertainment Weekly magazine, a life-size re-creation of a Pan Am 707 jet is "the biggest star of the series—in all senses". The 707 model is kept in a hangar near the Brooklyn waterfront.
Nancy Hult Ganis, a Pan Am stewardess from 1968 to 1976, is one of the show's e xecutive producers and is credited as the series developer; her research for the series was conducted at the Pan Am Historical Foundation and the University of Miami, the location of Pan Am's archives. In addition, Ganis advises the actors, props department, production designers, and costumers in making details of the show as accurate as possible.
The program features the trademark sky-blue Pan Am uniforms worn by stewardesses. Costume design was overseen by Ane Crabtree who ensured they were made with attention to detail. The department made the replicas using an old uniform which was studied and twenty craftsmen worked on producing each outfit. The technique was the same used by Pan Am itself in the sixties and Crabtree said the process was very "old school". In traditional uniform, girdles were mandatory to improve posture; some of the cast members found them "extremely restricting" during filming. Crabtree said that male costumes were inspired by James Dean and Steve McQueen.