We were lucky enough to preview the trailer for ABC’s new fantasy drama, Once Upon A Time, which will be showing this fall. Once Upon A Time will be aired on Sundays, just before Desperate Housewives.
Lost Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have created a reimagining of the world we live in. Fairy tales and the modern World are set to collide in this new tale, only this fairy tale won’t let everyone live happily ever after – or will it? The show tells the story of Emma Swan, who is played by Jennifer Morrison (House, How I Met Your Mother). Emma is a 28 year old bail bonds collector, so obviously she knows how to take care of herself. The son that she gave up years ago tracks her down and is in need of her help. Her now ten year old son believes that Emma is from a different reality, a reality where fairy tales are fact and where Emma is the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.
Emma dismisses this as the fantasy of a ten year old, but when she brings him back to the strange New England town of Storybrooke strange things happen and all is not as it seems. This may all sound very much like well trodden ground in the style of Red Riding Hood (a very Twilight-esque re-imagining of the classic tale) or even the 2000 TV mini series The 10th Kingdom (an excellent show), but let’s not give up on it too soon as it does have a lot going for it.
Firstly, the talented Lost writers and producers are great storytellers, even though they didn’t know how to end Lost, it was a great ride to get there. ABC entertainment president, Paul Lee said that Once Upon A Time won’t be like Lost in content, but it will feature flashbacks, which Lost was famous for, only this time they will be set in the fairy tale world. (source: Blastr.com)
Then we have the cast which is bursting with talent.
Jennifer Morrison is the lead actress but there will also be Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love, Walk The Line) as Sister Mary Margaret AKA Snow White, Lana Parilla (Swingtown) will be filling the screen with dread as the Evil Queen, and one of my favourites is Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Trainspotting, 28 Weeks Later) as Mr Gold AKA Rumpelstiltskin. All accomplished performers, each one of which could potentially steal the show. My money is on Robert Carlyle’s Rumpelstiltskin being the show stealer.
If done right, this show has a great chance at success. It has all the pieces needed, a good writing team, a good cast and perhaps most importantly a good time slot on the schedule. Although it seems like a story that might have been better suited to a movie, I’m definitely getting excited about this one and I’m looking forward to seeing where the story takes us.
ABC might just have a hit on their hands with Once Upon A Time.