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Pan Am Episode 10: London, Loathing and a Lie Detector

January 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM | by | ()

We highly doubt a stewardess, in their immanculate Pan Am uniform, would sit on the floor of a plane to drink, while surrounded by perfectly fine First Class seats

Read our past Pan Am episode recaps here.

Wow. It's been a full month since the last episode of Pan Am and, to tell you the truth, we blanked on where things left off. When a show is in danger of being cancelled, it's not the wisest to postpone new episodes for four weeks because—just as if the show was already cancelled—watchers begin the process of forgetting about it.

Luckily Pan Am is back for more episodes until the network figures out what to do with it, and last night continued the romantic drama and espionage intrigue we've come to expect. With a side of retro air travel.

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The Best Celeb Traveler of 2011 Is...

December 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2011 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics, encompassing everything from nudie scans to tarmac delays. Needless to say, we're ready for 2012, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2011 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

We've had it with the Kim Kardashians and Angelina Jolies of the celebrity First Class flyer ranks; 2011's honoree is not only a consummate traveler who knows his way around airports, but he's entertaining and real. He's Anthony Bourdain, chef, author, tv show host and overindulger.

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Pan Am Episode 9: Love, London and a Smoking Gun

December 5, 2011 at 12:17 PM | by | ()

Episode 8 recap here.

It's been three weeks since the last new episode of Pan Am. Three weeks! In that time, the biggest chatter hasn't been around their panicky escape from Haiti or how good the show is becoming, but rather is it already cancelled? The answer, for now, is no, but the introduction of Twilight's Ashley Greene and even more love/relationship drama means the show is getting desperate to cling to its on-air life.

London was the destination this week, and everyone's onboard as usual, save for pilot Dean and Frenchie flight attendant Colette. Instead of hopping the Atlantic, Dean leaves his first office stripes at home and dons a denim look to take Colette to meet his parents. So soon?! They've only been flirting and having a casual romance, but we get the feeling that Dean is keen to get himself a wifey.

After all, remember Bridget? Dean barely does, his father really does, but Dean covers the awkwardness during a tender moment with Colette, saying that something about her didn't quite add up (umm her secretive CIA-ness?) and he never brought her to meet the 'rents. Colette buys this, and they get it on in the family barn. Eww.

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Looks Like BWI Won't Be the Only Airport Getting Its Own TV Show in 2012

December 2, 2011 at 4:12 PM | by | ()

Do you recall the first ever time you watched The Travel Channel? We do. It was a special moment where we went from being stuck in a Sedona, AZ hotel on an uncharacteristically rainy day to being obsessed with watching the room TV for hours and hours. Nothing has changed; the Travel Channel still produces some of the most inspiring programming as far as armchair traveling goes (once they got over that summer where it was like, Las Vegas show after Las Vegas show).

For 2012, the outlook for addictive series looks very good. Of a slew of leaked shows to debut next year, we're mostly salivating over two:

“Baggage Battles” (six half-hour episodes)
This half hour series follows three teams of savvy “auction specialists,” who travel the world looking to snatch up unclaimed and lost personal property in an attempt to turn huge profits. Follow these specialists as they travel to some of the most important and unknown auctions, where pickers and resale experts bid on everything from lost luggage to abandoned personal property to seized goods of unusual merchandise.

“Miami International Airport” (working title) (six half-hour episodes)
Go behind the scenes at one of the busiest airports in the country. “Miami International Airport” features an unprecedented cross section of an exciting airport staff as they deal with the stresses of getting over 100,000 strangers through its airport safely, every day.

A ha! So it looks like BWI won't be the only airport to have their own show in 2012. And if you're into hotel shows as well, HotelChatter has the hot goss on another of Travel Channel's upcoming offerings: "Hotel Impossible."

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Get a Little More Anthony Bourdain in Your Life Tonight

November 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM | by | ()

Tonight's the night.

Anthony Bourdain is back. And instead of being in the kitchen or in the middle of a meal, he's on airplanes and on streets around the world, sharing the places he thinks are cool and worthy of a visit when you're on a limited time and limited budget. That's the entire gist of his new Travel Channel series The Layover, which premieres this evening at 9pm EST/8pm CST.

His first stop is Singapore, where he'll be drinking (duh) and eating (duh x 2), but also stopping in the red-light district and at the Thieves Market. Will we see a whole new side of the lovable curmudgeon? It's likely, but there still seems to be quite a bit of eating going on in The Layover, which could just as easily feature in his other series, No Reservations.

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Southwest Airlines Gets a New Reality TV Show in 2012, Just Like Snooki

November 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM | by | ()

If you're passing through concourse A or B at Baltimore/Washington International Airport this week, you may find yourself in front of a camera crew.

TLC is expected to begin filming a new untitled TV show about the inner workings of BWI's largest carrier, Southwest, today. The new series will follow BWI's expansion and the day-to-day drama that happens behind the scenes at Southwest.

"It's a good opportunity to showcase BWI and the region," said Jonathan Dean, airport spokesman. "With BWI as one of Southwest's largest markets, it makes sense to shoot it here," he added.

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Pan Am Episode 8: A Hurricane, Heart Attack, and Haitian Situation

November 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM | by | ()

Episode 7 recap here.

Wow. What a change of pace from last episode's relationship issues left and right to this episode's getting down to business. Serious aviation geeks no doubt enjoyed it with all the pilot-talk, but there's no doubt that last night's plotline of an emergency landing in politically unstable Haiti, complete with death and guns and near mutiny of the plane, was edge-of-the-seat stuff. Here's how it all went down:

It's a normal morning at the Pan Am Worldport as the crew prepares for a flight to Caracas, Venezuela, but there's a new guy on the scene. His name is Charles Moore and he's to be the crew's navigator while their regular Indian guy is on vacation. Like every other redblooded male in the show so far, he's immediately drooling over blonde Laura's booty. But speaking o blonde Laura, anyone else notice she's not so platinum blonde anymore?

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Pan Am Episode 7: Communism and Racism Have No Place in the Skies

November 7, 2011 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

Laura and Joe in the midst of sexual tension

As promised in the last episode of Pan Am, there's plenty more CIA spy drama and romance to go around, but as it is with people constantly on the go (and potentially wrapped up in everything from Communism to racism), the ending is bittersweet.

This episode sees the gang heading first from Madrid to New York on a special chartered flight to bring servicemen (sailors!) home to the US. Next, they're all off on Pan Am Flight 2, one of the airline's infamous around-the-world flights. But first—Madrid.

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Follow The History Channel's New Travel Show 'Around the World in 80 Ways'

November 2, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

What would you say if we told you that the History Channel—not the Travel Channel— has an excellent new reality travel TV show? We know, it's weird, especially considering that flipping channels usually finishes with some History Channel documentary on the weapons of World War I or how the NYC subway was constructed.

This season, however, the History Channel has introduced Around the World in 80 Ways, starring Survivor and Amazing Race alum "Boston Rob" and monster truck driver Dennis Anderson. Yeah, we don't give a crap about Boston Rob either, but we do give a crap about airplanes, trains, boats, cars, rickshaws, camels and hot air balloons.

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Pan Am Episode 6: Secrets Come to the Surface in Rio

October 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM | by | ()

Last week on Pan Am: Seduction in the South of France

If you haven't watched Pan Am yet and you happened to be flipping channels last night, the very beginning of this most recent episode would've caused you to stop and pay attention. Dean—the pilot and golden boy—was in bed, naked to his waist. In saunters Ginny—the two-timing brunette temptress—wearing nothing but part of Dean's oversized Pan Am pilot's uniform. It was, by far, the sauciest moment of the show, but not the most dramatic. No, we'll save that to be had by little miss Maggie (Christina Ricci) as she's faced with losing her job.

In what was a minor scene in a preview episode, Maggie mouthed off to a senior PAA staff woman in charge of the flight attendant grooming. This, combined with previous infractions, means Maggie is grounded for insubordination. Somehow she secures one final flight—to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Pan Am Episode 5: Monaco is for Seductresses

October 24, 2011 at 9:40 AM | by | ()

Ginny and Dean take PAA guy's car for a spin 'round Monaco

Last week on Pan Am: somebody gets a black eye in Hong Kong.

Alright. It's official—we're into the show. This episode, with all its "will she/won't she" and almost getting caught did it for us. And we think Pan Am is getting more confident with their plots and characters now as well, since a few more good looking folk entered the scene and will likely stay on it for the rest of the season.

Jet service isn't the wonderment it was during the premiere episode; now passengers have entered the "jet-setting" period and the stewardesses are flirting with a more international set. First stop on this episode is London, but for Maggie (Christina Ricci), it's really the dashing stranger in row 12. Meet Nico Lanza, involved somehow in car racing and also about to be involved in the lives of one of the Pan Am girls.

Speaking of cars, pilots Ted and Dean are back to being buddies after the tension in Hong Kong, and with a final destination of Monte Carlo, Monaco on the map, they fall into regular guy stuff like talking about cool cars.

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Pan Am Episode 4: Bumpy Landings in Rangoon, Hong Kong and 'Excitedly Unrefined' Jakarta

October 17, 2011 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

Last Week on Pan Am: Presidential drama in Berlin.

Dare we admit it, but this most recent episode of Pan Am has us beginning to genuinely like the show. They went more than one place! There was serious tension between characters! They didn't try to pass off as Berlin what was obviously the West Village! We began to want to be one of the characters! Needless to say, it was our favorite episode and it comes at a good time, half-way through the season when viewers are deciding whether or not to continue giving up their Sunday nights to this.

The story begins in New York when the best character on the show—Richard the CIA agent—briefly appears to drop a hint to flight attendant/CIA girlie Kate that their planned Reykjavik "and on to Scandinavia" routing will be switched up for Rangoon, Burma. Additionally, Richard drops that it's 1963, so we finally have a definite date here.

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