ABC’s Dark Fairytale: Once Upon a Time

This Fall, ABC will be airing Once Upon a Time, a fairytale with a twist. The plot revolves around Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison– House, How I Met Your Mother), a bail bonds collector who lives in Maine. She is a part of a parallel universe, along with several other people in her town, only none of them remember their true lives or their identities. She gave her son up for adoption years before to a town called “Storybrooke”.

Emma is now 28 years old, and her son Henry is in need of her help. After being given a book of stories by his school teacher (Ginnifer Goodwin – Big Love, Something Borrowed) Henry finds the mother who gave him up as a baby.

Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin. 

Henry tells her of her other identity: She is Snow White’s daughter. Snow White (also played by Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh DallasThor) sent her away as a baby to protect her from the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla24). Also from the realm of fairy tales is the infamous Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle – 24: Redemption). Now, Emma must fight in an epic battle for good to power over evil.

Once Upon a Time comes from the creators of Lost, and according to THR, they’ve just added a writer who may sound familiar to many of you – Jane Espenson. Jane is probably most famous for her work with Joss Whedon on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse and Firefely, but that’s not all she’s done. She was also one of the driving forces behind both Battlestar Galactica and it’s spinoff Caprica, and most recently penned the screenplay for the 7th episode of Game of Thrones – ‘You Win or You Die.

The costumes and sets that are in the clips I’ve seen look absolutely phenomenal and not at all cheesy. My only worry is how they will transition from modern day Maine to a magical land with evil queens, curses, and fairytale characters.

I hope they do it like they did in Disney’s Enchanted… through a sewer. Here is the official trailer:

In addition, ABC has also released a couple of Sneak Peak clips…

24 thoughts on “ABC’s Dark Fairytale: Once Upon a Time”

  1. “bubaroni says:
    June 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    sounds neat, but it’ll suck ass because its on ABC.”

    It will probably be great, and they’ll cancel it after one season.

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  2. good shows sure, great shows? hell no.

    seinfeld was a great show.
    friends was a great show.
    even shows i absolutely hate like two and a half men are great shows.
    cheers was a great show.
    power rangers was a great show.

    every person on the planet could connect to the jokes in seinfeld, everyone loved it.
    every kid on the planet could imagine themselves kicking the shit out of puddies, great show.
    every woman on the planet could connect with whatever the fuck sex and the city was about, great show.

    who’s going to connect with this? nerds?
    let’s ask scott pilgrim vs the world how that works out.

    this show won’t have shit for everyone and its on ABC which means IT CAN’T HAVE SHIT THATS COOL GOING ON. if it were on like, i don’t know, starz or hbo, then maybe.

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    1. Seinfeld – Great Show. You nailed it.
      Friends – Popular show, in no means great.
      Two and a Half Men – As formulaic and unfunny as they come. Calling this ‘great’ totally invalidates your own statement.

      It’s obvious that you base quality off of Box Office and Ratings. That’s sad.

      Because something is popular, does not make it great.

      Also, the Power Rangers? You’re showing your age now little kid…

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      1. Furthermore – If you think the Power Rangers are more relatable for the average person than Fairy Tales are, you have a very skewed view of the world. I’m not saying this show will be great, only that your arguments make you sound like a kid who got held back. A couple times.

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  3. Firefly probably sucked then? Freaks and Geeks? Are you seriously saying that popularity makes something great? That general acceptance and mainstream watchability makes something the best? I’m going to go ahead and guess that you are the loser who pined over the cheerleader in high school. Seinfeld < Firefly.

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  4. “I’m going to go ahead and guess that you are the loser who pined over the cheerleader in high school.” – not a cheerleader, just someone who looked a SHIT TON BETTER THAN YOU.

    “every kid on the planet could imagine themselves kicking the shit out of puddies, great show.” – just wanted you to read that again. OR read it for the first time, I DON’T KNOW which, honestly.

    “Because something is popular, does not make it great.”- yeah, i felt that way once, when i was 15, then i grew the fuck up and realised that you associate greatness with success. just like how grizzlybomb is like grant hill in the fact that it hasnt accomplished jack fucking shit but i still like it would mean its more of a guilty pleasure than something that is great.

    ASK YOURSELF DIPSHITS.
    WHAT DO SHOWS/MOVIES ATTEMPT TO ACCOMPLISH?
    DO SHOWS ATTEMPT TO ENTERTAIN A CERTAIN DEMOGRAPHIC OF PEOPLE OR JUST YOU?
    IF SAID DEMOGRAPHIC IS ENTERTAINED HOW IS THE SHOW NOT GREAT? IT HAS SET OUT TO DO SOMETHING, AND ACCOMPLISHED IT SWIMMINGLY.

    SHOWS LIKE FIREFLY ARE NOT GREAT, WHY?
    THEY SET OUT TO ENTERTAIN THE NERD DEMOGRAPHIC, THEY FAILED, NOT GREAT. SCOTT PILGRIM SET OUT TO ENTERTAIN THE NERD DEMOGRAPHIC, AND FAILED, NOT GREAT.

    wu tang clan, absolute noise, set out to entertain people who love that fucking noise. great whatever they fuck they are.
    hannah montanna, created to entertain 12 year old girls, they love it, fucking great.
    spartacus, created to amuse people like me who come home drunk on a friday night, FUCKING GREAT.

    just because YOU don’t like something DOES not mean it isn’t great. i DON’T LIKE the fucking stocker at my local 7/11, BUT HE ALWAYS HAS MY POPTARTS READY FOR ME WHEN I GET THERE, STOCKED, NOT CRUSHED, NOT OPEN, WITH THE PRICE TAG RIGHT ON THEM, HE’S STILL GOT HIS JOB, HE MUST BE GREAT AT HIS JOB.

    on the other hand he could be quirky and funny, he could make JUST ME LAUGH, or GIVE JUST ME 500$ FROM THE REGISTER, BUT I DOUBT HE’D BE WORKING THERE MUCH LONGER.

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    1. SO what are you now, 16? ‘Greatness’ and ‘Success’ aren’t measured the same. If people truly love a show, like – “Arrested Development” or “Community” as opposed to simply watching something because it’s on – “Two and a Half Men”, that doesn’t mean Charlie Sheen’s shit show is ‘Great’ or people would care about it. No one cares about it. When it was gonna get canned did you see any on line petitions to save it or public out-cries? No. Because even people who like it wouldn’t argue it’s great. It’s mindless filler. It makes me sad that people like you exist.

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  5. An ugly joke? Really? Do you know me or something? You said the word FUCK seven times in your last comment. Seven! If it is necessary for you to use angry filler words such as the F-bomb to get your point across, it is probably a very stupid point to try and make. Please do not breed.

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  6. “An ugly joke? Really? Do you know me or something?” – SO its safe to assume THAT ISN’T YOU in the photo? so is this the new fad, find a random photo of some moderately ugly/mediocre person and then let others assume its you?

    “Do you know me or something? You said the word FUCK seven times in your last comment. Seven! If it is necessary for you to use angry filler words such as the F-bomb to get your point across, it is probably a very stupid point to try and make. Please do not breed.”- YOU KNOW i’d VERY MUCH rather use the word FUCK than actually pretend firefly is a good show which leads me to my next point.

    “If people truly love a show, like – “Arrested Development” or “Community” as opposed to simply watching something because it’s on – “Two and a Half Men”, that doesn’t mean Charlie Sheen’s shit show is ‘Great’ or people would care about it. No one cares about it. When it was gonna get canned did you see any on line petitions to save it or public out-cries? No. Because even people who like it wouldn’t argue it’s great. It’s mindless filler.” -HEY YOU KNOW WHAT’S FUN? lets start a petetion to get a shitty movie made then NOT GO SEE IT so it bombs, JUST SO we can feel SO MUCH SMARTER THAN EVERYONE else. does that ring a bell?

    OH YEAH because i forgot shows like CRIMINAL MINDS AND CASTLE DON’T HAVE FOLLOWERS WHO WOULD SACRIFICE THEIR OWN CHILDREN TO WATCH IT.

    so run this by me again, what DOESN’T COME across as some sort of filler? maybe g.i joe with the stupid PSA’S? because i didn’t get shit from david cross running around in fucking daisy dukes. JUST LIKE PEOPLE WHO STARTED WATCHING IT IN THE MIDDLE, DIDN’T UNDERSTAND ANY OF THE JOKES. oh that’s another reason to point out WHY IT ISN’T A GOOD SHOW.

    lets assume everyone on the planet is watching any show like two and half men because its filler, WHY AREN’T THEY WATCHING DOLLHOUSE THEN? wouldn’t dollhouse be better than a show that people are only watching because DOLLHOUSE ISN’T ON? or TSCC? what about that? what FILLER SHOW killed that off? WHY are people NOT GETTING the most of their money AND LISTENING TO YOU, why are they watching all these filler shows?

    HILARIOUS, you think a show that failed, BECAME POPULAR after it failed, FOR THE FACT THAT IT FAILED, had a movie made because “smart” people wanted it made, THEN IT FAILED, IS somehow better than seinfeld?

    HOLY SHIT.
    you
    are
    fucking
    stupid

    im so happy i never had to put up with you before today.
    id RATHER put up with athiestgirl whoring herself out.
    SCRATCH THAT.
    i don’t know anymore.

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    1. I really hope that you’re just the biggest troll to ever hit the internet and that this isn’t how an actual human being is thinking and typing.

      “SHOWS LIKE FIREFLY ARE NOT GREAT, WHY?
      THEY SET OUT TO ENTERTAIN THE NERD DEMOGRAPHIC, THEY FAILED”
      Let me just point you in the direction of Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. The three highest grossing franchises in history, all geared towards NERDS. Your argument is officially refuted.

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  7. This “bubaroni” clown has been trolling for some time now. Check this out:

    Why would I not think that this is the same person. Being a Super Troll must be quite the commitment, good thing you likely don’t have bothersome things like loved ones or close relationships to worry about and get in the way of your mission to spread your diluted psychosis.

    Get a life, loser.

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  8. “Let me just point you in the direction of Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. The three highest grossing franchises in history, all geared towards NERDS. Your argument is officially refuted.” – UUUUHHHH noooo? star wars was geared towards children, LOTR maybe, BUT ITS more in the sense of a tale of fire and ice, you can watch really any good drama and the only real difference is the people are carrying swords and axes, with dwarves, and singing. oh last time i checked, harry potter was also geared towards children.

    you might of done a little bit better with maybe say, x-men? or i don’t know, any superhero movie ever?

    “Why would I not think that this is the same person. Being a Super Troll must be quite the commitment, good thing you likely don’t have bothersome things like loved ones or close relationships to worry about and get in the way of your mission to spread your diluted psychosis.

    Get a life, loser.”- yeah you must be a huge fan of it’s, you can write an entire paragraph and still manage to contribute absolutely nothing.

    that’s the first time i’ve seen that actually, how sweet, it seems the only articles of your AG anyone reads are about me. i’m flattered, thank you.

    oh and sweat pants are so last year, and my skin no way for that pastey white, i’ve gotta’ tan.

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  9. This is one of the downsides to chiming in so goddamn late into a thread, that you just want to address so many points but won’t ever get to all of them. But I hate to do it this time on account that he’s going out of his way to be a dick, but Bubaroni is right, except for the part about ABC, I think NBC is more likely to make a shitty show than ABC at this point, but that’s besides the point.
    The biggest failing I find in what is becoming a rather broad brush in regards to what is “Nerd Culture” is this vehement ownership of things we like, and to a greater degree, a sense of false familiarity with people that make said things. Another is this need of a sort of anti-belonging- sort of like the goths in South Park, where you become nonconformist by dressing a certain way and listening to a certain type of music. The only reason I’m bringing this up is because the old Firefly card got drawn again and at this point in my life I’m convinced that Firefly is loved solely because it was canceled and not in spite of it. It’s because some want to belong, but want to be against the grain, so instead of rallying behind a good sci-fi show, they rally around snarky garbage that is set in a world that logically collapses when you think about it (Why the hell would train shipping still exist when you could more effectively use a spaceship?) It’s that need to feel different, yet connected, and support a guy who leads you to believe he is just like you, he’s into the same stuff and has cute little in-jokes that you get because somehow this guy gets you; you end up having a familiarity with someone whom you have never, and might not ever, meet, yet you still refer to him as Joss or Kevin or Danny.
    The fact of the matter is, these people can market a shitty product to a very vocal minority who can create a false level of influence to what gets made and then it ends up flopping because they are in fact an insignificant number. Just like how Democrats and Republicans end up scrambling to cater to their asinine fringe voters and end up alienating the rational middle, a studio ends up financing something that was a bad idea in the first place.
    Sometimes films and shows have aspects that Nerds like, but aren’t actually geared towards nerds. Star Wars had a universally appealing story and cool special effects, Harry Potter has a Universally appealing story and cool special effects, Lord Of the Rings bothers the shit out of me, but it had amazing special effects and all in all, a universally appealing story. That’s why they succeed, not because they are geared to one specific demographic, which is absurd, because if you try to appeal to only one demographic you’ll either flop or spend eternity in niche territory, they flourished because they can appeal to everyone. Same with a show like Game of Thrones, which consists of a lot of that fantasy and swordplay nonsense I loathe, but has an interesting story and great actors (mainly Peter Dinklage) that make it compelling enough where I tune in week after week. But Game of Thrones is a much different beast than network TV, Bubaroni is again right about how a show can lose you right in the middle than it’s not worth it. I’ll even attest that on of my favorite shows, Arrested Development, started falling into in-joke territory far too often and I could understand why it wasn’t succeeding. That’s why I never watched Lost, and keep putting off The Wire. This is why a show like Firefly flops so incredibly, yet a “bad show” like Smallville could go for ten seasons; I would skip Smallville for years and maybe catch an episode once every two years when I was home, but I didn’t need to catch up on anything because it all fell together each episode, this works, this garners new and/or casual viewers. Rampant decompression does no make for a new audience. Doctor Who is a prime example of this, I did not watch a single episode of Doctor Who until last year at Wondercon, a buddy swore by it and told me I’d love it, but I was convinced that I wouldn’t be able to jump into a show with 40+ years of continuity. I was wrong, I watched the fifth season premier and was hooked, because it is a compelling show that leaves itself open to new viewers, sure, there are a couple of two parters, but even they are accessible. I even watched an episode a few months ago with my dad, somewhere in the middle of the fifth season, and he got hooked, and we’ve been following the sixth together, something we haven’t done since The Edge (Fox’s first attempt at an SNL knockoff) and Star Trek :TNG.
    If that’s a tad TL:DR, long of the short of it is, if a show stays on the air it’s doing something right, you may not like it, you may not watch it, but you don’t have to, but stop crusading in the past and justifying the quality of something that didn’t have what it takes.

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    1. These arguments are ridiculous. If you don’t like Firefly that’s fine, but for Bub to argue anything that is able to stay on the air based on the fact it’s easy to follow and doesn’t require brain cells to relate to means it’s “Great” is asinine. I refuse to ‘dumb down’ my taste because kids and old people like CBS and don’t give anything else a chance. And I understand that some people turn on the TV so they can turn off their brain. But I’m totally convinced that anyone who actually watches both TWO AND A HALF MEN and PARKS AND REC will say the later is better. The problem is that too many people (or at least to many owners of Nielson Boxes) are stuck in their comfort zones and don’t branch out. Lots of excellent shows shows get canceled quickly. Perfect example is TERRIERS. Everyone I know who watched it liked it. The critics raved about it. But it didn’t get the ratings because people didn’t know about it. Does that make it a bad show? No. It just means it didn’t get watched.

      Now for me, I’d take Firefly over TNG anyday, but I’d take the original Star Trek over Firefly. It has nothing to do with Firefly getting canceled, but that it better fit my taste, and Malcolm Reynolds is more likable than any of the robotic characters on TNG.

      That being said, Seinfeld is better than any of them…

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      1. And Curb your Enthusiasm is better than Seinfeld, possibly because I’m more akin to LA than New York, but Curb was the greatest TV comedy until Eastbound and Down straight owned the world.

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  10. Back on point though, this and the other upcoming Fairy Tale show “Grimm” would both be better served to just combine their efforts and do a good adaptation of FABLES…

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  11. (A tad late) I feel like someone should be coming to michellelynn61’s defense here… How dare this tool say these things. Do you know how rare it is to see a female writer do articles on things like Diablo III and gruesome horror movies? Why do you have to try and make her feel like shit? And ugly? Go look at her Facebook. NOT even close. What a dick. Seriously. And Dr. Kronner has it right… Firefly > TNG, Seinfeld > all. Great website, man.

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  12. jake- Remember, I am an idiot. i’m the tool, really. is there a bigger internet cliche me? where is it? really? and Have you ever seen the sweet channel G4? why am i asking that, of course you have, they’ve made millions off of the exact same stuff I love. G4 For Life!

    “I refuse to ‘dumb down’ my taste because kids and old people like CBS and don’t give anything else a chance.”- see, there it goes again? what goes again you ask? THAT STUPID ASS PRETENTIOUS VOICE, CBS is the best network on TV. TWO AND A HALF MEN IS A GREAT SHOW!! Bazinga!

    “Perfect example is TERRIERS. Everyone I know who watched it liked it.”- that sounds like STUPID hipster nonsense, I would know because I’m a hipster! In fact, I;m wearing skinny jeans and a tshirt for a shitty band right now! BRB, I forgot to plug in my Prius…

    curb is fucking amazing, I WOULDN’T say better than seinfeld because half the shit curb does you could never do on network tv. PLUS larry is like 200% dirty, while jerry is the greatest clean comic ever.

    EVER.

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  13. and toni start writing articles again so this place doesn’t suck ass.

    no really, start writing articles again. like if it isn’t from DS i normally don’t read it.

    or watch it, or even look at it. (Please ignore that fact that’s a lie and I comment on almost everything)

    really.

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  14. (Please ignore that fact that’s a lie and I comment on almost everything)

    MUHAHAHAHAHAHA, genius, now maybe if your articles were as witty as that they might actually get read.

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