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.
ABC is hoping it has the next Mad Men with Pan Am, an early 1960's-set drama focusing on the sexy stewardesses (as flight attendants were known back then) of Pan Am's state- of-the-art aircraft, The Majestic. Though just a pilot at this point, the project is in very good hands, with West Wing director Tommy Schlamme charged with bringing this world to life. Our flight crew includes Maggie, Kate, Laura, Colette, charming pilot Dean and his co-pilot Ted.
ABC greenlit four pilots Tuesday, including one following Pan Am pilots in the '60s and another re-imagining writer Edgar Allen Poe as a detective.
Pan Am is described as a prime time soap chronicling the adventures of stewardesses and pilots during the Jet Age of the late '50s and early '60s. Jack Orman (ER) wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Nancy Hult Ganis and Tommy Schlamme (The West Wing). Schlamme will direct the pilot.
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