Monday, September 19, 2011
We'll start at the very beginning, which for us is Sunday night. If we were going ala classic TV Guide, we'd start on Saturday, but that's just too out of the box even for TFN. (Besides, Saturdays now are mostly encores of what's playing the rest of the week, so it definitely shouldn't lead the pack.) So Sunday it is.
Sunday: ABC is throwing the most out there, with two new series skewed towards the non-youthful (who are watching Fox), non-general male (who are with the NFL), non older-audience (CBS's traditional line-up) available. Actually, they've gone quite imaginative, with the fairy-tales-are-real drama Once Upon a Time at 8pm, and Pan Am -- their attempt to capture some of the 1960s Mad Men style -- at 10pm out of a declining Desperate Housewives. Fox is adding the new comedy series Allen Gregory (voices by Jonah Hill and French Stewart), about a precocious spoiled rich kid who transfers into a public elementary school, into their always successful animation line-up in the secure 8:30pm slot.
Coming at us first from ABC will be Pan Am (premiering in two weeks on September 25). Historically speaking, the most famous and popular stewardess movie from the period Pan Am is set was 1963's Come Fly With Me, starring Dolores Hart (who left Hollywood to become a nun), Pamela Tiffin and Hugh O'Brian, and while Pan Am may strive for the same wardrobe groove, it's a whole new flight pattern. (The flight attendant genre also got a kick from the book/TV movie Coffee, Tea or Me? and the section in 2002's feature Catch Me If You Can where the serial imposter played by Leonardo DiCaprio masquerades as a Pan Am pilot.) Though most of the glamour has gone out of air travel these days, Pan Am aims to recreate the era when boarding a plane was full of excitement, the stewardesses all pert and young and the pilots stalwart and handsome. Will nostalgia for that long-gone time entice audiences enough to tune into Pan Am? Is the promise of a talented and good-looking young cast enough to bring viewers to the gate?