Now that The Playboy Club has gone to that great after-hours nightclub in the sky, while Don Draper and the rest of his Mad Men won't be back until March, we have to rely on ABC's Pan Am to provide us with weekly lessons in 1960s history. Last night's episode proved to be an especially relevant one, as it took place during JFK's famous 1963 trip to Berlin, where he delivered his iconic "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech. But we already covered that in our high school history class. Here's what we didn't know, but do now, thanks to the show:
ABC's new '60s-era airline drama Pan Am takes its maiden flight on Sunday night, fueled by strong word of mouth (it made our list of must-see fall shows) and a cast that includes Kelli Garner, Mike Vogel and Christina Ricci, star of such films as The Opposite of Sex, Sleepy Hollow and, perhaps most memorably, both of the Addams Family movies, where she played the quintessential Goth daughter, Wednesday. In advance of the show's premiere, Ricci and the Pan Am creator Jack Orman spoke with the press about the show's direction, the mod fashions and a very special Beatles episode.
A ton of shows were cancelled this season, many of which deserved to go. But although we may not have shed tears over the programs themselves, there's quite a few specific elements that we're going to miss.
Pick up Downton Abbey's third season on DVD... or Shirley MacLaine gets it!
Another day, another J.J. Abrams pilot
The same Internet that's always accused of killing ratings may actually be resurrecting cancelled shows.
The network upfronts are upon us.
It's the time of year when networks start deciding which shows will get the axe and which ones will live for at least another season. While there are a host of shows in danger of getting cancelled, there are only a few that we'd actually like to see get a reprieve. Here's our wish-list, and don't worry, Terra Nova isn't on here... we've mostly forgotten that show ever existed.
There are a lot of terrible shows out there who have characters that are too good for their shows. Or good shows who just have too many characters to service. So as has become our annual tradition (2010, 2009, 2008), we've found shows where these people would be far better utilized.
Release the direwolves.
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