'Pan Am': The cast gets a history lesson

None of the stars of "Pan Am" were alive in 1963, the year in which the show takes place. So in addition to learning their lines and figuring out their characters, they've also gotten a crash course in the social history of early-'60s America."It was just a different era ... there were no consequences," Michael Mosley, who plays co-pilot Ted, told Zap2it when we visited the set recently. "Nobody was going to get cancer from smoking. America was the best country in the world ... even when we were wrong, we were right.""Pan Am" centers on its four female characters, who by virtue of their jobs were afforded more opportunities than a lot of women of the era -- even if, as Christina Ricci puts it, it was still a "blatantly misogynistic period.""What we show is these women, in order to do this job ... that allowed them these freedoms that would never be allowed...



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