Amazon Reportedly Interested In Saving ABC’s ‘Pan Am’

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This is getting to be the new routine. Knowing that original content is king, networks and non-networks everywhere are lining up to either create their own programs or, like Netflix and now, online retailer Amazon, resurrect failed shows like ABC’s period drama Pan Am.

According to recent reports, the online retailer is looking for ways to broaden its streaming content, and since it already carries the first season of Pan Am, has been in contact with Sony Pictures Television about potentially serving as the program’s new home, now that ABC has sent the flight attendants packing.

Pan Am came into being as the second Mad Men wannabe, but unlike poorly received entry The Playboy Club on NBC, Pan Am, boasting a cast featuring Christina Ricci, Mike Vogel (Cloverfield) and Kelli Garner (The Aviator), managed to grab solid ratings and reviews for it premiere. Unfortunately, the series gradually faltered from there on, with its fate being handed down earlier this month.

Beyond already offering season 1, the attraction Amazon has towards the show comes down to its ability to attract an audience. And while the program stumbled a bit in the United States, the series remains potentially lucrative on the global market, where it recently received the Rose d’Or Award – thought of as Europe’s highest honor for TV. To that end, Sony may be looking long and hard at the list of suitors to keep the program alive; a list that now includes Amazon, apparently.

Since Amazon is a direct competitor with content providers like Netflix and Hulu – two of the biggest examples of entertainment providers eschewing the traditional network definition – it has learned the key to garnering more paying customers is to offer additional content that cannot be viewed anywhere else. While Hulu just recently jumped on board the original content wagon by offering a couple of new series from Kevin Smith and Richard Linklater, Netflix is practically old hat at this. Well, at announcing their interest in a dead series and then passing, anyway.

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So far, Netflix has only guaranteed the revival of Arrested Development, but it had also expressed interest in the viability of resurrecting Terra Nova and The River (both of which it declined), as well as Reno 911! In addition, Netflix has also already aired the first season of its original series Lilyhammer, and has programs like Hemlock Grove starring Famke Janssen from horror director Eli Roth and Orange is the New Black from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan on the way. So, it’s fair to say that the red envelope folks have a decent head start on Hulu and Amazon.

As another example of how the television landscape is ever changing, television provider DirecTV has even gotten in on the act by picking up the Glenn Close, Rose Byrne lawyer series Damages from FX. It seems clear that the model television viewers have grown accustomed – that of content being offered by broadcast networks, cable or pay-cable on a predetermined schedule – is likely going to be challenged by the new model these streaming content providers have in mind.

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Screen Rant will keep you updated on the possibility of Pan Am being given new life through Amazon, as news develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Really hope ‘Pan Am’ gets a second chance, it truly is under-appreciated.

  2. The trouble with PanAm was that it started off glossy and slightly daft before swiftly descending into a soapy mess. The plot lines became more and more over the top in such a short space of time that it collapsed under the weight. A shame, because it was good-looking fluff to begin with, but it became very obvious it had no longevity a couple of episodes in (and I’m guessing was a tad expensive?). In the UK it was bought up with much fanfare, and promptly burned off in double-bills late Saturday nights even before it had been cancelled in the US – I was very surprised to hear it won the Rose D’Or after actually watching the whole series.

  3. you forget netflix is also thinking of resurrecting jericho :D

  4. Why don’t they forget about this one and resurrect Eureka! That was a great show, with an established fan base.

  5. Firefly please,if we already talking about that !

  6. somebody should resurrect GCB. The series was just beginning to find its stride and voice.

  7. They probably did this because if fits with their name. Hehe.

  8. You have to be kidding, right? Pam Am?
    Next thing you know it will be Charlies Angels.
    What about the excellent dramas that got the unmerciful ax, such as
    AWAKE, or how about HARRY’S LAW or UNFORGETTABLE. FRINGE could certainly use a few more years to tell it’s story.
    Anything that asks a viewer to use their brain gets cancelled.
    LOST would not have survived today.
    Shame, shame, shame.
    TV is for the dumbing down of America.

  9. I definatley think Pan Am should come back!! What a show I was soo into it… Please bring it back x

  10. Please keep Pan Am. It was a great show….bring it back.

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