I made it a point to DVR (and later watch) ABC’s new series “Once Upon a Time” last night and I have to say, I’m already hooked! Being the social networking junkie that I am, I did a check-in while watching last night with social media application “Get Glue” and it told me that the show was trending (in their database) at #2 last night (pretty impressive). It also got me 2 stickers for that check-in, one (Rumple) from ABC directly, and the other (Fall Walk-On) was from Entertainment Weekly because they have “Once Upon a Time” on their list of must watch shows this fall.
The series is brought to us by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Tron: Legacy”) and is decidedly Disney in its use of fairy tale characters. Viewers will recognize a familiar face in Snow/Emma played by Jennifer Morrison (formerly of Fox’s “House”) and I have to say, it’s good to see her in a TV series again.
We are dealing with a story that exists in two timelines and there are flashback jumps to the timeline that exists in the time of the fairy tale stories. Sometimes these jumps back are surprising, as they just seem to happen at will. I don’t see that changing any time soon, so it’s something the viewer will have to adjust to if they aren’t used to that type of technique in storytelling. In fact, as time goes on, I only see this happening more frequently and possibly for longer periods of time in order to give us proper backstory on our modern day characters.
I can’t see anywhere that there’s going to be a repeat airing (yet) of last night’s pilot episode, but get in on this one while you still can without losing too much story. The series airs Sunday nights on ABC.
If you missed it last night, here’s the official press release which does include a summary of last night’s episode.
Master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Tron: Legacy”) invite you to brace yourself for a modern fairytale with thrilling twists and hints of darkness, brimming with wonder and filled with the magic of our most beloved stories, on the premiere of “Once Upon a Time,” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
And they lived happily ever after…or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28-year-old bail bondsperson who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when Henry — the son she gave up years ago — finds her, everything changes. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma’s help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming’s missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen’s curse, which trapped the characters of fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world.
In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” not believing a word of Henry’s story, Emma brings him back to Storybrooke, but finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for him, she decides to stay for a while, but soon comes to suspect 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, and where the Evil Queen, known as Regina, is now Henry’s foster mother. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, and for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.
“Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/John Doe and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper.
Guest starring in “Pilot” are Jamie Dornan as Sheriff Graham, Lee Arenberg as Grumpy/Leroy, David-Paul Grove as Doc, Peter Bryant as jailer, Tony Amendola as Geppetto/Marco, Meghan Ory as Ruby/Red Riding Hood, Warren Christie as Ryan, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Darren Dolynski as nervous guard, Keith Dallas as cabbie, Tom Pickett as bishop, Darla Fay as old woman, James Bamford as Black Knight and Keegan Connor Tracy as Blue Fairy.
“Pilot” was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Mark Mylod.
Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are creators and executive producers of “Once Upon a Time.” Steven Pearlman is also executive producer. The show is from ABC Studios.
“Once Upon a Time” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L,V parental guideline.
For more information on “Once Upon a Time,” visit ABC.com