EXCLUSIVE: Australian actress Margot Robbie (Pan Am) is in talks to play the female lead in The Wolf Of Wall Street, the Martin Scorsese-directed drama that stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Robbie is in talks to play Nadine, the wife of Jordan Belfort, the title character being played by DiCaprio.
EXCLUSIVE: It’s been three months since ABC aired the last episode of Pan Am and almost two weeks since the network officially canceled the freshman series. But the 1960s drama is not dead, at least not yet. As I hinted in my story from two weeks ago, Pan Am producer Sony Pictures TV has been exploring a play on cable or other platforms. I have now learned that the studio has had conversations with Amazon about potentially picking up the show. (Amazon already carries Pan Am‘s first season.) Like its fellow streaming brethren Hulu and Netflix, Amazon, along with Microsoft’s Xbox, has been looking to enter the original programming space.
DirecTV entered the original series arena by picking up canceled broadcast series — NBC’s Friday Night Lights and FX’s Damages. Netflix is doing it too with a new season of Arrested Development. Picking up Pan Am would certainly put Amazon on the map, though it seems at odds with the company’s recently announced plans to focus on comedy and children’s programming produced by its newly launched Amazon Studios. Because it ran on ABC only for a brief time and because Amazon already airs Pan Am‘s produced episodes, the streaming service can embrace the series and brand it as its own. It would also complement Amazon’s upcoming comedy slate with a high-end drama the service likely can’t produce on its own just yet.
It an ironic twist of fate, on the same day ABC renewed its first batch of series for next season, the network’s long-forgotten freshman Pam Am won the best series category at this year’s Rose d’Or awards, considered Europe’s top television honors. On this side of the pond Pan Am was not among the seven scripted series renewed by ABC today. It is unlikely to be among the second wave of the network’s renewals tomorrow either, though ABC has not officially passed on the series, which started off great but quickly lost traction with viewers.
Unless it has a change of heart, ABC is poised to officially cancel Pan Am, but that may not be the end of the period drama about the iconic U.S. airline. As evident by the Rose d’Or award, it enjoys strong popularity in Europe and has been a big international seller for producer Sony TV, which would love to see it continue. I hear there is a potential cable play eyed for the series if/when it is released by ABC. Unless European broadcasters swoop in and pick it up. If only they could afford it….
CAA has signed Margot Robbie, who stars in the freshman ABC series Pan Am, created by Jack Orman and exec produced/directed by Tommy Schlamme. Robbie had previously been on the hit Australian series Neighbours. She’s managed by Management 360 and continues to be repped in Australia by Aran Michael Management.
How fortunate that NBC’s TCA presentation was last week and not this week, as the network chief’s opening line “We had a really bad fall” would have to be changed into “We had a really bad fall and beginning of 2012.” Last night’s two-hour preview of the first of NBC’s new midseason series, The Firm, drew a disappointing 1.4/3 in adults 18-49, down a whopping 46% from the two-hour preview of now-defunct The Cape on the very same night last year. This marks NBC’s lowest in-season drama debut ever. The Firm, a sequel to the John Grisham novel and 1993 movie, moves into its regular Thursday 10 PM slot this week.
Great news for ABC’s Once Upon A Time. Despite facing the conclusion of the big Broncos-Steelers playoff game on the East Coast, the freshman fairytale series (3.7/8) was up a big 28% from its last original December 11. It was the highest-rated entertainment program of the night by a mile. Fox’s more male-skewing The Simpsons (2.3/5), also airing against the final minutes of the game, didn’t fare as well. It was down down 23% from its last original December 4. The rest of Fox’s animated lineup also slid: The Cleveland Show (2.1/5) was down 9%, Family Guy (3.0/7) …
ABC’s 1960s drama Pan Am is taking to the web in an effort to keep interest alive in the freshman drama, whose fate for a season renewal has yet to be decided. Show producer Sony Pictures TV is offering up the series’ first nine already-aired episodes, including the pilot, free at the iTunes Music Store beginning today through January 5. Episodes also are being made available via Amazon, Vudu, CinemaNow, Sony Video Unlimited and PlayStation Store. The show is currently on hiatus and returns to ABC with new episodes on January 8. So far, 14 episodes of the 1960s-set series have been ordered — the last added after some back-and-forth negotiations between Sony TV and ABC. The network said it won’t decide whether to bring back the show for Season 2 until May; in March, Pan Am is being replaced on the schedule by midseason dramedy GCB.
ABC’s November 18 order of one additional episode to freshman drama Pan Am stands. Back then, the network opted for a one-episode back order to the 1960s drama, bringing the first-season run of Pan Am to 14 episodes, but producer Sony Pictures TV didn’t accept the offer right away. The negotiations between the sides stretched into the holiday weekend and were still in full force yesterday. To help shore up a full-season order, Sony added Steven Maeda as showrunner a month ago. In the end, the studio took ABC’s original offer and will produce one extra episode. This morning, one of the show’s stars, Karine Vanasse, tweeted that the cast and crew have “received THE call” and that “Pan Am is only coming back for one more episode after Christmas.” As ABC stated back on November 18, it will make final decision on the fate of the show beyond its first season in May. On ABC’s midseason schedule, Pan Am is being replaced by new dramedy GCB on Sundays 10 PM beginning in March.
2ND UPDATE: I have learned that Sony Pictures TV, which produces Pan Am, is yet to agree to the 1-episode offer from ABC and negotiations between the two sides about the fate of the show continue.
UPDATED: ABC has given drama Body Of Proof an order for 3 additional episodes. Meanwhile, new drama Pan Am will wrap its freshman run with one extra episode, bringing its first-season order to 14 episodes. The period drama remains technically in contention for next season, while new comedy Man Up! will end its run after completing its initial 13-epispde order. Body of Proof, starring Dana Delany, came into its second season with a 13-episode sophomore order and 5 episodes in the can leftover from its freshman midseason run, so the network already had 18 episodes on tap for this season. Last month, ABC picked up 2 extra scripts, which now has been followed by a 3-episode order, bringing the series’ sophomore total to 21 episodes. While not as hot as it was last spring, Body of Proof does a credible job in the Tuesday 10 PM hour. Man Up! joins previously canceled new drama Charlie’s Angels. Meanwhile, freshmen Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Suburgatory and Last Man Standing and sophomore Happy Endings …
Next week will be crucial for ABC’s new drama Pan Am. The network is expected to decide whether to pick up additional episodes from the 1960s airline soap/spy drama (ABC gave the Sony Pictures TV-produced show an order for five scripts last week), and Pan Am will have its highest-profile overseas debut on BBC2. So far, the period drama is off to a solid start internationally, performing stronger abroad than it has in the U.S. Pan Am, which has been sold in 107 countries by SPT, has launched in six. Ratings for five of them — Canada, Sweden, Ireland, Norway and Spain — have come in, and in all but one, Pan Am was the most-watched new U.S. drama premiere this fall. (In Spain, it was second to Person Of Interest.) In Sweden, Pan Am ranked as the country’s No. 1 foreign series premiere ever. In Norway, it was the second-highest-rated debut for a foreign series behind Prison Break. Now if only the Pan Am producers could slip Nielsen boxes to those Scandinavian families…
By the end of this video our tipster said “was created by a high-ranking writer at Pan Am … it’s pretty obvious who the ABC exec is” — your late-night Deadline editor was laughing out loud. Really.
ABC Gives Full-Season Orders To ‘Once Upon A Time’, ‘Last Man Standing’ & ‘Happy Endings’; 5 Scripts For ‘Pan Am’
ABC just gave full-season orders to three more series: freshmen Once Upon A Time and Last Man Standing and sophomore Happy Endings, which previously received a pickup of six additional scripts. Additionally, struggling new drama Pan Am is staying alive with an order for five additional scripts. The back-nine order for Once Upon A Time comes after only two airings as the fairytale-themed series quickly established itself as the breakout new drama series this season. Once Upon A Time and the Tim Allen-starring Last Man Standing join previously picked up Suburgatory and Revenge to bring the number of ABC freshman shows given a full season to four, more than any other network so far this season. For Happy Endings, the episodic order comes after solid showings the last two weeks, including hitting a series high. As for ABC’s other sophomore series with a 13-episode order, drama Body Of Proof, there are five episodes in the can leftover from last season, so the network already has 18 episodes on tap for this season. (Though, at least for now, it doesn’t look like the extra two scripts ordered last month will be converted into episodes.) The script order for Pan Am buys the network some time as it’s awaiting to see new showrunner Steve Maeda’s vision for the series.
Sony Pictures TV is adding some top-level behind-the-scenes reinforcement to freshman drama Pan Am in anticipation of a back order from ABC. Veteran writer-producer Steven Maeda will be joining the 1960s-set series as showrunner, working alongside creator/executive producer Jack Orman and director/executive producer Tommy Schlamme. ABC is yet to make a decision on Pan Am, but word is that the rookie has strong internal support at the network, which has several promotional events for the series slated for the coming weeks. Despite its modest ratings — 1.8 in adults 18-49 last night — the drama has leveled off, gets a big bump from DVR viewing and has become popular with advertisers who consider it a premium buy. ABC is expected to wait to hear Maeda’s input on the potential back nine episodes before making a call. Earlier this year, UTA-repped Maeda signed a premium two-script deal with ABC Studios. He previously served as executive producer/showrunner on the CBS series Miami Medical and executive producer/showrunner on Fox’s Lie To Me and also did stints on ABC’s Lost and Fox’s The X-Files.