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Pan Am: Girdles Support a Message of Female Empowerment

Pan Am, Christina Ricci

Ticket? Check. Baggage? Check. Girdle? Check. The plane is now ready for lift-off.

On ABC's new period drama Pan Am, the elite ranks of Pan Am stewardesses need to pass daily weigh-ins and girdle checks before they are allowed to fly. On the flip side: They are worldly, empowered women who producers would like us to view as a new breed of feminists.

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Mike Vogel to Star in ABC's Pan Am

Mike Vogel

Mike Vogel has been cast in a leading role on ABC's fall drama Pan Am, Deadline reports.

Vogel, whose credits include the film Blue Valentine and CBS' short-lived series Miami Medical, will play Dean, the charismatic captain of Pan Am's new aircraft, the Majestic. Vogel replaces Jonah Lotan, who appeared in the pilot.

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PILOTS FOR DAWSON, HOUSEWIVES' REX

In other pilot-casting news, MIA Dawson's Creek alum James Van Der Beek has resurfaced in CBS' Sex, Power, Love & Politics.... Desperate Housewives' Steven Culp has joined ABC's Traveler.... Sex and the City's Ron Livingston has grabbed one of the two leads in Fox's Primary.... Threshold's Peter Dinklage will play the Scientist in CBS' superhero drama Ultra.... 24's Jonah Lotan (aka Spenser) has been cast on Fox's Beyond, while former cast mate John Allen Nelson (née Walt) has joined Fox's Vanished.... and CBS has picked up Waterfront, a drama from ER vet Jack Orman and starring The Sopranos' Joe Pantoliano as an ethically challenged Providence, R.I., mayor. read more

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