Will Amazon Save ‘Pan Am’?

Pan Am underperformed in the ratings and two weeks ago ABC officially canceled the show at the conclusion of the debut season run. The show might not be dead, just yet anyway. Deadline has learned that Sony Pictures TV (the production company behind the series) is currently in talks with Amazon about possibly picking up the show and exclusively distributing it.

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Briefly: After star Karine Vanasse sparked Pan Am cancellation rumors on her Twitter this month, ABC announced that the freshman drama had most definitely not been axed, and now they’re trying their best to keep it that way. In an effort to generate heat for the show’s return next month, the network is offering the first nine episodes of the first season for free on iTunes (click here to launch the application) now through January 5. Oh, like you have anything better to do over winter vacation.

The ’60s airline soap got off to a strong start when it premiered this fall, but has been struggling since then. ABC has yet to make a decision on a potential second season, and has said that it won’t make the call until May.

Pan Am is scheduled to return for five more episodes starting January 8, after going on hiatus earlier this month. Once the 14-episode season concludes in February, the series will be replaced in its Sunday evening timeslot by midseason dramedy GCB, which premieres March 4.

Today’s TV Bits offers a few things to look forward to in the not-too-distant future, including imperiled lawyers, asshole baseball players, pretty flight attendants, and a touch of dry British humor. After the jump:

  • NBC drops two teasers for its legal thriller The Firm
  • HBO announces premiere dates for Eastbound & Down and Life’s Too Short
  • ABC confirms that Pan Am is not cancelled

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There’s some bad and some good in today’s TV Bits, but I’d say there’s more of the latter — more Shameless, more Homeland, more Jennifer Coolidge, and Olga Kurylenko in late ’50s Miami all count as pluses, right? After the jump:

  • Showtime’s Shameless get a Season 2 trailer — and invites fans to play Truth or Dare with one of the characters
  • Starz debuts a trailer for Magic City, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, and Danny Huston
  • CBS gives full season orders to Unforgettable and Person of Interest
  • Showtime renews freshman series Homeland
  • Jennifer Coolidge signs on for CBS’ 2 Broke Girls
  • Jenna Elfman boards the fifth season of DirecTV’s Damages
  • Starz’ Boss loses its two showrunners
  • ABC’s Pan Am gets a new showrunner

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This upcoming television season will also debut a bunch of shows set in the 1960’s. I’m sure this new trend is somehow a result of Mad Men‘s popularity.

  • The Playboy Club will premiere on Mondays at 10pm this Fall on NBC. Eddie Cibrian and Amber Heard star in a drama which “explores the lives of Playboy bunnies toiling at the Playboy Club in 1960s Chicago.”
  • Pan Am will premiere on Sundays at 10pm this Fall on ABC. Christina Ricci stars in this new series which promises to be “Mad Men’s style meets Grey’s Anatomy’s entanglements in this thrilling and highly original new drama from producer Nancy Hult Ganis (a former stewardess), writer Jack Orman (ER) and director Tommy Schlamme (The West Wing).”

Watch both trailers embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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