As we noted in an earlier round of "Everyone's A Critic," it's hard to drum up a lot of enthusiasm for a new show when the basic selling point seems to be that it's just like another critically acclaimed program.
In this case, the '60s era ABC series about the drama and intrigue surrounding a crew of stewardesses and pilots, "Pan Am," has been referred to as the high-flying version of the similarly retro "Mad Men." But executive producer Thomas Schlamme would beg to differ.
"Television is about execution," he said during the Television Critic's Association summer press tour, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "It's not the time period it takes place in, it's not the characters. It has nothing to do with 'Mad Men.'" Plus, there's another obvious difference.
Although the boozehounds of AMC's show have never seen a cigarette they didn't want to light, ABC is stamping out smoking for the likes of the show's key characters, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The network did something similar with the '70s-set cop show "Life On Mars," and downplayed the smoking element that was commonplace in a police station at the time. Since smoking was just as prevalent in airports and planes during the '60s, "Pan Am" extras will be seen holding cigarettes, but the stars themselves won't be taking any puffs.
"It’s understandable,” Schlamme said. “It’s an enormous impressionable element. It’s the one revisionist cheat.”
One other tweak producers are going to work into the time period of "Pan Am's" plot is to add an African-American stewardess to the crew even though the story takes place in 1963 and the first African-American stewardess didn't receive her job until the mid-'60s, Schlamme said.
"Pan Am" premieres on ABC September 25.
The movie Apollo 13 got it right – every other NASA employee lit a cig during the crisis – ashtrays were full. Flights back in the sixties were full of smokers, as were the resturants, grocery stores, bars, terminals, busses, trains, and taxis.
Second hand smoke wasn't an issue back then, show the 60s correctly and don't change history or try and cover it up.
I guess 40 years from now – movies and shows will not show fast food, obesity, or gas powered cars. Hmmm...
After couple hours with me, the stewardess either needs a smoke, or starts to smoke. They don't make em' like they used to.
More dreck from Hollywood...WHATEVER!
As long as they have a recurring "mile high club" theme.
Love Christina Ricci, but not even she could get me to watch this show. Looks really blah. In addition, I agree with everyone else, be true to the time period or don't do it at all.
Men are so polite! They alwasy allow me to smoke during the flight.
I hope I get a seat next to you!
Another show trying to hold on to the 'white era' of rule. Probably followed by another Holocaust movie. Screw the famine and genocide though.
Don't make the show to mean,my mom traveled a lot in 1966 as a thirteen year old,visiting her then 10O year gret granny.She said her farther always got her tickets for T.W.A. still big at that time.She did have the one black stewardess at times.No 'Mad Men' spat on them that she saw,as a matter my mom said a lot of the guys came to her rescue she weighed all of eighty five pounds and a large pink suitcase wasn't easy to carry those white guys would always help her.What she was telling me is that most folks during that time no matter what their race or politics had something on a lot of people of my generation, manners, that's the difference.If I ever have kids that's how I'm going to raise them.
I remember my 1st flight, in the mid 8O's, everybody & their brother was smoking! I never lit a cigarette, but I smoked for almost 4 hrs! (Cough cough) Ahhhh, the good ol' days! HaHa As for the show, yeah, keep it real. Teens won't watch anyways! :)
I can't stand this revisionist nonsense. If they smoked, have them smoke. And I can tell you right now the main demographic for this show is not in any way going to be under 18 impressionable kids(they're probably all watching Jersey Shore). I give the show a year tops anyway.
PC TV strikes again as not since MASH has a show been so out of sync with is actual time period. They might as well be smoking electronic cigarettes. I've tried them and they work pretty well, so see http://www.ecigwerks.blogspot.com for more.
iF YOU"RE GONNA DO A "PERIOD" PIECE PROGRAM..DO IT CORRECTLY...
SHOW THE SMOKING, SHOW THE BLACK STEWARDESS GETTING SPAT ON, AND CALLED THE "N" WORD ON THE PLANE...BE REAL.....OR DON'T SHOW IT...
100 percent correct. These politically correct leftists are dangerous. Show people what was what or don't air it.
You make a very good point, Kevin!
This is way to FIRSTY!!!!!!
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