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‘Pan Am’ actress tweets the series is canceled; ABC launches into spin control

Karine Vanasse’s claimed “Pan Am” had been canceled — but ABC says the show will live on. (Patrick Harbron/ABC)

“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!” Vanasse, who plays a French stewardess on the show, tweeted earnestly.

ABC quickly responded.

“Nothing has changed. We are not canceling ‘Pan Am,’” the network said in a statement. “We are still in production and will continue to be in production finishing the original 13 episodes plus one more additional one. We have one more original episode this coming week, Dec. 4 and then will return in January with new episodes, airing all of them.”

“‘Pan Am’ is still in contention for next season,” ABC continued, for good measure.

Production company Sony weighed in as well, telling a Daily Beast reporter that the show is “still kicking.”

Sure enough, about an hour after she had caused “Pan Am” to skyrocket to the top of the Twitter trending list, Vanasse was back:

“Sorry for the confusion #PanAmfans,” she tweeted cheerfully. “We still have 5 episodes to air until February! :)”

Nicely done, Karine Vanasse!

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.

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