Christina Ricci’s ‘Pan Am’ facing the axe

The 1960s-set drama will only return for one more episode after Christmas

Pan Am has seen its episode order severely reduced.

The show, which stars Christina Ricci, centres around a group of air stewardesses in the 1960s and had been hailed as a female answer to Mad Men.

But it has now emerged that US network ABC will only produce one more episode of the five additional scripts it had ordered, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Its first season run will now have a run of 14 episodes.

Star Karine Vanasse, who plays Colette in the series, tweeted: “Well, we received THE call, #PanAm is only coming back for one more episode after Christmas. But up to the end, we’ll give it our all!”

The show launched in September, but lost more than three million viewers in the US for its second episode, averaging 7.8 million. The pilot episode cost a reported $10 million (£6.4 million) to produce. Sony TV president Steve Mosko said earlier this year: “We’re not going to spend like drunken fools, but it needs to look a certain way for ABC to be happy and advertisers to be happy and deliver great results for Sony.”

Pan Am is currently airing in the UK on BBC Two on Saturday nights.