ABC clearly isn’t afraid to risks! Granted that become abundantly clear when the network greenlit the critically maligned comedy “The Neighbors” (which actually had a decent premiere). Tonight ABC brings back one its strongest rookies from last year’s fall TV class and audiences are truly excited.
Last season ABC went full tilt on high-concept series. These are shows that are so out there and intricate that it is either feast or famine. These types of series will either immediately take off or crash and burn upon launch. “Once Upon A Time” clearly took off and now ABC is pairing it with the equally high-concept “Revenge” and “666 Park Avenue,” for what they hope will be a night of strong ratings.
While nothing can ever replace “Lost,” “Once Upon A Time” has come fairly close to recapturing some of that magic. Unlike the failures that have come before it, this particular series has taken a different approach by building on the memory of “Lost” instead of trying to copy it.
On paper the fantasy series seems like a very simple concept; a head-strong female bounty hunter (Jennifer Morrison) finds herself drawn into a world filled with classic fairy tale characters who can’t remember their identities due to a curse. Although the series evolved into so much more, with a lot of that credit going to its creators Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis, who coincidentally were also were producers on “Lost.”
The pair succeeded where so many other shows failed simply by listening to their fanbase. Viewers of “Lost” were never shy about expressing their opinions, yet nobody until this point was willing to listen. By correcting those miscues, Horowitz and Kitsis were able to connect directly to audiences and let them know they were paying attention. The end result has been a truly satisfying experience.
Tonight’s premiere picks up immediately following last May’s finale with the memory-erasing curse lifted just as a new evil begins to knock on the door. However instead of being brought on by the evil queen (Lana Parilla), this time the danger is from the equally destructive Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle). Yet recently producers told TV Guide, the amnesia effect is over and no matter what Rumple’s “purple fog” brings, the cast will spend this season trying to recover from their memory loss and reconnecting with their past lives. Horowitz and Kitnis also promised this is especially true for Morrison’s character who finally has been reunited with her birth parents; Prince Charming and Snow White.
“She thinks they’re good people, but they’re good people that, in her mind, made a terrible decision. There’s a part of her that is over-the-moon ecstatic to have found her parents alive and well, and there is a part of her that is still 5 years old trying to figure out how someone could give her up. She’s going to be constantly battling those two sides of herself when she’s dealing with these conversations with them.”
“Once Upon A Time” returns tonight, but in the meantime you can also check a gallery of just released (glammed up) key art from ABC featuring the show’s season two cast including new full time cast member Emile de Ravin.
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What’s your take New York? Are you ready for the fairytale hit to return? Hit the comments and let us know.
For previews of the 2012 Fall TV season you can click on the below:
“The New Normal”
“The Mob Doctor”
“Ben and Kate”
“The Mindy Project”
“Made In Jersey”
“666 Park Avenue”
“Sons Of Anarchy”
“The X Factor”
“Dancing With The Stars”
“The Good Wife”
2012 Fall Preview Week Coverage:
–Most Promising Comedies
–Most Promising Dramas
–Least Promising Series
–Celebrities To Watch
-Ratings Winners & Losers