Although these may be legitimate questions plaguing the minds of TV viewers everywhere, the creators of ABC‘s new series, Pan Am, came together at the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday to set the record straight and quell any Mad Men comparisons.
“Television is just execution…we hope our show is executed in a wonderful way that will have wish-fulfillment that will attract a large audience,” said Pan Am’s director/ executive producer Thomas Schlamme, according to a post on Zap2it. ”It’s as simple as that. I think we’re all fans of Mad Men… but, literally, one had almost nothing to do with the other.”
Pan Am, which premieres this fall, boasts a cast that includes Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Margot Elise Robbie, Mike Vogel and Karine Vanasse. Following the lives of Pan American World Airways pilots and flight attendants, the show promises to be lighter and completely different from the AMC series, although it is still a risk for ABC.“It’s a much broader, brighter canvas, and so we think it’s going to attract a broader and brighter audience,” said ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee, according to Zap2it. ”Not that Mad Men isn’t a wonderful show. It’s a glorious show for AMC and absolutely right for them, but it wouldn’t be right for us.”