ABC’s Once Upon A Time

So a couple of months back the fine folks at ABC (via Technorati) sent me an email asking if I’d blog about some of their upcoming Fall shows. No doubt I got the email because of my Lost blogging, but it’s nice to be recognized whatever the reason.

The edited email is blockquoted at the bottom of this post if you’re curious.

The show that most interests me is Once Upon A Time. For anyone familiar with the comic book Fables, it’s a fairly similar setup. Fairy Tales were/are real and they exist right alongside us/our world. Fabletown (Fables) vs. Storybrook (Once Upon A Time).

The “twist” of Once Upon A Time is that one of the main characters is actually the daughter of Snow White & Prince Charming and that none of the fairy tale characters know their true identities due to a spell from the Evil Queen. Watch the trailer for a little more explanation.

Adding to my own personal confusion is the fact that Ginnifer Goodwin is cast as Jennifer Morrison’s mother. Both actresses bear a strong resemblance to one another and I think if I watch/blog this show, I’m going to mix their names up a ton.

I’m more than a little skeptical of the success of the show for a few reasons:

  • Two of my least favorite Lost writers are helming the show.
  • Eddie Kitsis & Adam Horowitz were responsible for the worst storylines/characters on Lost (Nikki & Paulo/Expose) and the non-story of Tron:Legacy. What a waste of both opportunities.

  • The dual storylines premise seems terribly/awfully close to the narrative style of Lost
  • It’s been done. Likely much better

  • Fables would be better source material
  • I hate to be the fanboy, but there you have it. NBC tried it and failed and ABC did too, so maybe this will succeed, but I doubt it.

Anyhow, I’ll likely give it a shot. I enjoy genre TV, especially with interesting actors and with the success of other supernatural shows, maybe this one will find an audience.

Once Upon A Time premieres on ABC on Sunday, October 23 @ 8/7c.

Hi Seth Miller,

We have a first look at ABC’s newly announced dramas, Once Upon a Time and Charlie’s Angels, just for Technorati blogger partners!

ABC just announced this morning that they will be picking up Charlie’s Angels, a big, loud, fun take on the 1970’s smash hit series, and Once Upon A Time, a modern day fairytale from two of Lost’s master storytellers for their fall line up. They wanted to provide our entertainment bloggers with exclusive videos for you to report on and discuss the shows and stars.

Download the Once Upon A Time video now at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz9VFa7Z6Y0
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The official Once Upon a Time and Charlie’s Angels press releases follow for more details and information on the series.

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ONCE UPON A TIME
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Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Lost, Tron: Legacy) invite you to a bold new vision of the world where fairytales and the modern day are about to collide.

Anna Swan (Jennifer Morrison) knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28-year old bail bonds collector who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything will change. Henry (Jared Gilmore) is 10 years old now and in desperate need of Anna’s help. Henry believes that Anna actually comes from an alternate world… and is Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and Snow White’s (Ginnifer Goodwin) missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen’s (Lana Parilla) curse, which trapped the fairytale world forever, frozen in time. Of course Anna doesn’t believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It’s a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close… where fairytale characters are alive, even though they don’t remember who they once were–including the Evil Queen who is now Henry’s foster mother. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, but for good to win, Anna will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.

Brace yourself for a modern fable with thrilling twists and hints of darkness. Brimming with wonder, and filled with the magic of our most beloved fairytales, Once Upon A Time is a fitting follow up to Lost from two master storytellers.

SHORT:
Welcome to a world where fairytales are real. Anna Swan is like any other 28 year old, until she discovers she’s a lost princess destined to save her world from darkness. Experience the passion project of executive producers/creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Lost, Tron). Once Upon A Time is a thrilling twist of our most beloved stories.

CAST
Robert Carlyle – Rumplestiltskin
Josh Dallas – Prince Charming/John Doe
James Dornan – Sheriff Graham
Jared Gilmore – Henry
Ginnifer Goodwin – Snow White/Sister Mary Margret Blanchard
Jennifer Morrison – Emma Swan
Lana Parilla – Evil Queen/Regina
Raphael Sbarge – Archie/Jiminy Cricket

CREDITS
Production Company – ABC Studios
Executive Producer – Edward Kitsis
Executive Producer – Adam Horowitz
Executive Producer – Steve Pearlman
Executive Producer/Director – Mark Mylod

If you’ve read this far, you deserve a cookie.

As a bonus, did you catch the Lost Easter Egg in the trailer? If not, watch it again.

Enjoy!

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