Pan Am

9:35pm Saturday, November 24 on TV One

TV ONE’s new drama series, Pan Am transports you back to the 1960s and the dawn of the Jet Age. As a fast, new luxury airliner takes to the skies, the passengers and crew face a voyage whose landscape is shaped by romance, shifting societal values and even international espionage.

In this world, air travel represents the height of luxury, and the airline Pan Am is the biggest name in the business. The planes are sleek and glamorous, the pilots are rock stars and the stewardesses are beautiful, educated and refined.

In their individual quests for adventure, the crew faces both opportunity and peril, as they juggle their lives, loves, their hopes and dreams – all at 30,000 feet.

Starring Christina Ricci (Black Snake Moan), this visually stunning drama is your passport back to a time when flying was the fun part of travel.

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TVNZ launched their 2012 season tonight at the Viaduct Events Centre.  As per the invitation, it was very much a Pan Am themed event (Not Pam Am as the TVNZ press release stated).  While the girls who greeted everyone at the door and eventually directed everyone to their seats were dressed in the blue garb of the aviation icon, they lacked the true poise and sophistication that is displayed throughout the new series.

After an hour of plying the hundreds of advertisers with alcohol we were invited to board flight 2012.  First up, TVNZ’s head of Sales and Marketing pimped the network’s channels and how successful they’d been.  Special mention was made of all their social streams and how people should visit them to see how people are interacting with them, although, perhaps not the Coronation Street one.

Of all the shows screening on TV One in 2012, there were six that were made special mention of.  They were:

Pan Am (Thomas Schlamme – The West Wing)

Alcatraz (JJ Abrams)

Titanic (From the writers of Downton Abbey)

Person of Interest (JJ Abrams and Jonathan Nolan – Tha Dark Knight)

Unforgettable

Prime Suspect

New local shows include High Country Reserve, Radar’s Pacific, the Phil Keoghan hosted Wild at Heart and Jacqui Brown’s new show Keep Calm and Carry On.  There’s also a local version of World’s Strictest Parents on the way.

Despite promoting it last year, TVNZ have decided to wait for the second season of Episodes before they screen the first one.  I would suggest buying a copy but it’s not out on DVD until the 28th of February in the US.

For those who loved Gyspy Weddings, wait until you see Seven Dwarves!

Another to look out for is the HBO series Enlightened although I’m not sure if it’ll be screening first on SoHo.

Returning shows
Nothing Trivial 
I Shouldn’t Be Alive
Beyond the Darklands
Food Truck
Intrepid Journeys
Offspring
Winners and Losers
Packed to the Rafters
Castle
Masterchef
Criminal Minds
Harry’s Law 

Secure your seat belts, stow away your tray tables and prepare for take-off as TVNZ today announces its New Season 2012 line-up which includes the launch of the international new hit series, Pam AM.

As well as announcing the hottest new international series, the TVNZ line-up includes all the biggest returning series, the very best of our local dramas and factual entertainment series as well as international blockbuster movies, consolidating its position as market leader.

Head of Sales and Marketing Paul Maher says, “In 2012 we have outstanding content for both TV ONE and TV2, and look forward to developing opportunities to leverage that content with the 2.5 million New Zealanders we engage with every day. Working closely with our customers we will utilise these assets to create competitive advantage for their brands and businesses.”

Head of TV ONE and TV2, Jeff Latch says that TVNZ continues to strive to bring our audiences programmes that Kiwis want to watch. “We work with the best local production companies and international distributors to create a schedule that provides our viewers with a mix of exciting, dramatic and above all, entertaining content that resonates with New Zealanders,” says Latch.

TV ONE will heat things up again in the kitchen, introducing the third series of the hit local show MasterChef New Zealand, as well as MasterChef Masterclasses, the successful series that helps foodies up-skill their cooking abilities, guided by expert judges Josh Emmett, Ray McVinnie and Simon Gault.

New local smash hit, Nothing Trivial will continue to follow the lives of our favourite pub quiz team in a second series. Resident clinical psychologist, Nigel Latta will this year tackle The Politically Incorrect Guide To Grown Ups, an hilarious look at how to manage adults from all walks of life. Michael Van de Elzen will be back with another wonderful cook-up in The Food Truck and Te Radar this time ventures into the South Pacific in Radar’s Pacific.

Following on from the success of this year’s Sunday Theatre, TV ONE will showcase another series of locally made dramas. Intrepid Journeys will throw more local celebrities into remote places across the globe to discover new adventures and learn more about other cultures, and more importantly, learn about themselves.

Returning favourites include Beyond The Darklands, Fair Go, Coastwatch, Piha Rescue and Border Security.

TV ONE showcases the new international series, Pam AM which focuses on the loves and lives of four stewardesses who traverse the globe encountering romance, intrigue and adventure every time their cutting-edge 707 hits the tarmac, and starring Christina Ricci (Monster). Other leading series include Unforgettable, featuring Poppy Montgomery (Without A Trace), Person of Interest which features Michael Emerson from Lost in his new leading role. Another Lost star, Jorge Garcia features in the new series Alcatraz, which also stars New Zealand’s own Sam Neill.

Popular returning series include family favourite Packed To The Rafters, Undercover Boss, Criminal Minds, Castle and Off Spring, featuring Kiwis’ favourite lad Jay Ryan from Go Girls; and a new series of the hugely successful My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

TV2 is the home of New Zealand’s most watched comedies and the new year launches with the new-look, Two And A Half Men, including Ashton Kutcher; the award-winning The Big Bang Theory, Cougar Town, Happy Endings, The Middle, and Hot In Cleveland.

All of TV2′s favourite series will also return in 2012. These include: The Mentalist, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Body Of Proof, Hell’s Kitchen, American Idol, and the return of the much anticipated second series of The Walking Dead. My Kitchen Rules this year will feature a New Zealand couple taking on the Aussies; The Amazing Race will be back, as well as the finale to the world’s most popular drama, Desperate Housewives.

New international series launching on TV2 include Revenge, starring Emily Van Camp (Brothers & Sisters) and Madeleine Stowe (12 Monkeys), a series which focuses on one young woman’s desire not to forgive those who destroyed her family, but to get her revenge on them. Once Upon A Time commands a stellar cast including Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting), Ginnifer Goodwin (He’s Just Not That Into You), and Jennifer Morrison (House). Created by the writers of Lost it is a modern day take on fairy tales and the constant battle between good and evil.

Other new dramas to the new TV2 line-up include Dallas, featuring Jessie Metcalf (Desperate Housewives), G.C.B starring Kristin Chenoweth from Pushing Daisies, and Leslie Bibb (Iron Man); Missing featuring Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy) and Kiwi star Cliff Curtis; as well as the much anticipated new series from renowned director Steven Spielberg, The River.

The number one new hit series in America, 2 Broke Girls will join the Comedy Wednesday line-up; Fran Drescher (from The Nanny) will return to TV2 in the new series Happily Divorced, other new comedies include Man Up!, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Suburgatory and Chelsea Straight Up starring Laura Prepon (That 70′s Show).

This year marks a television landmark with Shortland Street turning 20. TV2 will be celebrating with another feature length episode, and a special birthday episode. TV2 will also see the return of the ratings winner Go Girls, as well as popular factual reality winners Neighbours At War, Police Ten 7, the award-winning Rescue One, and Motorway Patrol. 20/20 also returns with more in-depth local investigations.

Hit international movies coming to TV2′s Sunday Premiere Movie slot in 2012 include: Eat, Pray, Love, Toy Story 3, The Karate Kid, Where The Wild Things Are, The Time Traveller’s Wife, Law Abiding Citizen, Alice In Wonderland, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, and Disney’s A Christmas Carol.

This just arrived this morning from TVNZ

Looks like Pan Am is going to be the anchor to the 2012 new season launch