Before the days of full-body scans, charges for checked luggage and $8 boxes of cheese and crackers, air travel used to be considered glamorous. ABC is hoping to recapture some of that lost era with its new drama “Pan Am.”
The series, which will air at 10 p.m. ET Sundays in the fall, focuses on the stewardesses and pilots of Pan Am, the premier airline of the 1960s. It stars Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner (“My Generation”), Margot Robbie (“Neighbours”), Karine Vanasse, Jonah Lotan (“CSI: NY,” “24”) and Michael Mosley (“Scrubs,” “Justified”). “ER” veteran Jack Orman created it and executive produces with director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) and Nancy Hult Ganis.
Like NBC’s new series “The Playboy Club,” “Pan Am” looks like it’s trying to find some of the “Mad Men” vibe with its setting and attention to period detail. It also, however, feels like the tone will be a little bit lighter, which could make it a better fit with its lead-in, “Desperate Housewives.” Here’s a clip from the pilot: