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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Behind the Scenes Easter Weekend

Easter Filming


Some behind the scenes shots of filming this week, and Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin heading to their flight home on Friday.
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Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin walking to their flight

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Josh Dallas on set

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Josh Dallas

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Friday, March 29, 2013

"Once: Wonderland" title of spin-off

Sophie Lowe Cast as Alice

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Sophie Lowe

The spin-off from "Once Upon a Time" finally has an official title. "Once: Wonderland" begins filming on April 7 2013. English-born Australian actress Sophie Lowe will play Alice, while British actor Peter Gadiot is cast as her love interest, Cyrus. They previously announced that British actor Michael Socha as The Knave, so all of the main leads will be foreign-born. This actually continues a Disney tradition for "Alice in Wonderland," as Alice in the 1951 classic animated Disney film was voiced by London-born Kathryn Beaumont. Mia Wasikowska, who played Alice in Tim Burton's 2010 live-action version, was born in Australia.
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Peter Gadiot

According to Deadline.com, Jane Espenson and Zack Estrin have helped Ed Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the creators of "Once Upon a Time," with a four-scene script. Estrin will run the show if it gets picked up, with Espenson returning to the flagship show. Steve Pearlman, who executive produces "Once Upon a Time," will do the same with the spinoff.
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Barbara Hershey

Fans of "Once Upon a Time" may be heartened to hear that fan favorite Barbara Hershey, who played the Queen of Hearts, is rumored to be featured in the spinoff series.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Michael Socha Joins Spin-Off

English Actor Michael Socha Joins "Once" Spinoff

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Michael Socha


Jane Espenson and Zack Estrin have put together a presentation for a "Once Upon a Time" spin-off. Rather than focusing on the Mad Hatter, as previously thought, the as-yet untitled spin-off will simply follow Alice as she has adventures in Wonderland. Michael Socha will star as The Knave, a loner who loves 'em and leaves 'em. Amahl, who has yet to be cast, will be more of a friendly sidekick type of character.
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Michael Socha holding a knife

Michael Socha has been starring in "Being Human" in England. He is the brother of Lauren Socha,. Michael has starred in several series in England, including "This is England."
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Michael Socha is an experienced television actor

Production of the pilot - which obviously will need to be picked up before it actually becomes a "spin-off" - is slated to start on April 7, which doesn't leave much time to cast the other major roles. No doubt, several young actors and actresses have their fingers crossed right now in hopes that they will land one of those roles.

Monday, March 25, 2013

ABC Press Release re "The Price of Magic"


Monday, March 25, 2013
ABC Television Network
PRESS RELEASE - PRESS RELEASE - ENTERTAINMENT -
ONCE UPON A TIME: The Price of Magic

TAKE A LOOK BACK AT HOW THE RESIDENTS OF STORYBROOKE HAVE FARED SINCE THEIR FAIRYTALE MEMORIES HAVE BEEN RESTORED, ON THE RETROSPECTIVE "ONCE UPON A TIME: THE PRICE OF MAGIC," SUNDAY, APRIL 14 ON ABC

Series Creators/Executive Producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz to
Offer Some Inside Scoop on What's Transpired and What's to Come

ABC invites new and avid "Once Upon a Time" viewers to take a look at one of the most talked about and critically acclaimed shows. "Once Upon a Time: The Price of Magic" will explore the series in a way that will bring new viewers up to date -- but which current viewers will also find illuminating - in discovering the consequences the residents of Storybrooke have had to endure since magic was introduced into the town, and whether Mary Margaret's path has been tainted since learning that her heart has been darkened after she killed Regina's mother, Cora. Series creators and executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz will provide some inside scoop on the importance of family, the characters' journeys and the mythology of the show. They will also tease what's upcoming in the exciting final four episodes of the season. "Once Upon a Time: The Price of Magic" airs SUNDAY, APRIL 14 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Nothing is more important than family, and this season has shown just how close these bonds are, even between good and evil. Magic always comes with a price: the residents have come to discover just how true these words are ever since Mr. Gold introduced magic into Storybrooke when the curse was broken. Mary Margaret and Emma - mother and daughter reunited - were sucked into a portal that transported them to what was left of fairytale land. It was there that they met Mulan and Aurora, who helped them defeat Cora and Hook and enabled them to travel back to Storybrooke, reuniting them with Emma's father David and son Henry. But Cora and Hook also found a portal into town, and Cora set her sights on reuniting with daughter Regina. She also tried to find Rumplestiltskin's dagger in order to take him down and become The Dark One. Hook set his sights on killing Rumple, not for power but for revenge for killing his true love (and Rumple's former wife), Milah. Mr. Gold also set out to find his son Bae, which he did with the aid of Emma and Henry in New York. But much to everyone's shock, Bae turned out to be Emma's former love, Neal, who is also Henry's father. Upon returning to Storybrooke to find a cure for Mr. Gold, who was poisoned by Hook, Mary Margaret did something completely against her nature - she used dark magic to kill Cora - causing her heart to darken. And what plan does Greg Mendell, who has been recuperating in town since his car accident, have in store for the magical inhabitants of Storybrooke? Greg saw magic as a boy in the town and believes Regina may have killed his father. His price of magic may just be revenge.

"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood/Ruby, and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold. 

"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 parental guideline.

For more information on "Once Upon a Time," visit ABC.com/Once


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Sunday, March 24, 2013

2x19 'Lacey' - ABC Promo



2x19 'Lacey' - ABC Promo. Once again, we have a hiatus, this time for three weeks. Next new episode is April 14 2013.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Finale Date Released


ABC has released the dates for the finales of all its scripted series. The final episode this year will be on Sunday, May 12, 2013. It will be followed immediately by the finale for "Revenge," which is a two-hour wrap-up.

"Selfless Brave and True" 2x18 Promo Photos

ABC Promo Photos for "Selfless, Brave and True"

Below are some photos released by ABC which show August W. Booth (Eion Bailey) and Tamara (Sonequa Martin-Green), among others. Without giving too much away, the episode looks at the effect on Snow of what she did to Cora, and the adventures of August W. Booth and his attempts to prevent himself from being turned into a block of wood.



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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fairy Tales in Modern World

Fairy Tales in the Modern World



The show's creators, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, and the show's stars look at fairy tales and how they are adapted to modern times. Included are short clips from numerous Disney animated fairy tale films.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Jane Espenson Comments on Spinoff

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Jane Espenson
As many of you no doubt know, Jane Espenson is one of the lead writers on "Once Upon a Time." You may read a little about her background on our page about the show's creators. Jane Espenson knows things about the show, the spinoff, and anything else there is to know about "Once Upon a Time" that we don't, that's for sure. She has a sterling reputation on Twitter for being open and candid about what is going on in her life and with the show. Anyway, on Twitter (March 19 2013) she off-handedly dropped a few hints about the spinoff that had been the subject of rumors (such as that it would focus on the Mad Hatter character).

One rumor that Jane Espenson addressed was that she would be one of the writers on an "Alice in Wonderland" spin-off from "Once Upon a Time." She is quoted as saying the following:
“I’m thrilled to be involved! Eddy and Adam are inspiring, and I am eager to work with them on any project they have going.”
Jane's involvement in the spinoff subsequently was confirmed elsewhere (to the extent that you can believe anything not officially announced by ABC). Jane Espenson reportedly is one of the two writers preparing the pilot of the spinoff, which will be called "Once: Wonderland." The spinoff series (if it is picked up) will focus on Alice and her adventures in the Lewis Carroll wonderland. After helping with that script, Jane Espenson reportedly will return to the parent show, "Once Upon a Time."

Below are some other comments that Jane Espenson made (I have removed unrelated tweets during the conversation, you can view everything on Jane Espenson's verified twitter stream):
Jane Espenson Verified account ‏@JaneEspenson:  There is a lovely story circulating about the Once spinoff. It has several important facts very wrong. #ButIWontTellYouWhichOnes
David O'Neill ‏@David_ONeill_@JaneEspenson: Oh, and I thought http://Deadline.com was fairly accurate.
Jane Espenson Verified account ‏@JaneEspenson:  @David_ONeill_ that's not the one I meant. Others said I had inked an overall deal.
Katy ‏@leanansidhe220@JaneEspenson: Once isn't leaving us, is it?!?!?!?!
Jane Espenson Verified account ‏@JaneEspenson: @leanansidhe220 Of course not!  They don't make a spinoff if you're not a hit!
Kelly ‏@FrenchieKelly: @JaneEspenson recasting Sebastian Stan. Eddy and @AdamHorowitzLA confirmed at paleyfest #muchtomyenjoyment #imactuallyheadofthefanclub 
Jane EspensonVerified account ‏@JaneEspenson: @FrenchieKelly @AdamHorowitzLA we are not recasting.

Everything that Jane Espenson tweeted comports with what we subsequently have learned.



ABC Press Release - Special Enhanced "The Miller's Daughter"

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Monday, March 18, 2013
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ABC PRESS RELEASE - PRESS RELEASE - ENTERTAINMENT -
ONCE UPON A TIME: The Miller's Daughter (ENHANCED EPISODE) (4/7)

IN A SPECIAL ENHANCED EPISODE, CORA'S DESIRE TO TAKE RUMPLESTILTSKIN'S PLACE AS THE DARK ONE TAKES ONE STEP CLOSER TO REALITY AS HE LAYS DYING, AND MARY MARGARET IS ONCE AGAIN TEMPTED BY DARK MAGIC, ON ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME"
Special Enhanced Episode to Include On-Screen Facts and Back Story

Rose McGowan ("Charmed") Guest Stars as Younger Cora

Get ready to view a special encore presentation of "Once Upon a Time," enhanced with on-screen facts and back story about one of the most talked about dramas on television. In the episode "The Miller's Daughter," Cora's desire to rid herself of Rumplestiltskin in order to take his place as The Dark One takes one step closer to reality as she and Regina attempt to overpower a dying Mr. Gold; and Mary Margaret is once again tempted by dark magic. Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Rumplestiltskin agrees to offer his services to a younger Cora - for a price - when the king calls her bluff and orders her to actually carry through on her boast of being able to spin straw into gold, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, APRIL 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 3/10/13)

The enhanced version of "Once Upon a Time" will include text on the screen and will "let viewers in" on clues within the show.

"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood/Ruby, and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold. 

Guest starring are Barbara Hershey as Cora, Michael Raymond-James as Neal Cassidy,  McGowan as younger Cora, Gerry Rousseau as father, Joaquim de Almeida as King Xavier, Eva Allan as Princess Eva, Zak Santiago as Prince Henry and Sonequa Martin-Green as Tamara.

"The Miller's Daughter" was written by Jane Espenson and directed by Ralph Hemecker. 

"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 parental guideline.

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Regina and Ruby

Regina Showing A Keen Interest in Fashion



One of the moments in 2x16 "Welcome to Storybrooke" that some of us find amusing. This sequence, in a nutshell, is why we love both these ladies, Meghan Ory and Lana Parrilla.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

ABC Press Release "Welcome to Storybrooke"

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Monday, March 11, 2013
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PRESS RELEASE - PRESS RELEASE - ENTERTAINMENT -
ONCE UPON A TIME (3/17)

REGINA, OUT FOR REVENGE, VOWS TO KILL MARY MARGARET, AND DURING THE EARLY DAYS OF THE CURSE, A FATHER AND SON FIND THEIR WAY INTO A SUPPOSEDLY UNDETECTABLE STORYBROOKE, ON ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME"


Jamie Dornan Guest Stars as Sheriff Graham

"Welcome to Storybrooke" - Emma, David and Mr. Gold must protect Mary Margaret against Regina, who is out for revenge and has made it her mission to kill Mary; and Henry, fed up with all of the feuding, devises a plan to put an end to magic. Meanwhile, Regina discovers that a father and son have somehow found their way into her allegedly undetectable town as she and the fairytale characters deal with the effects of the newly cast curse 28 years prior, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood/Ruby, and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold. 

Guest starring are Raphael Sbarge as Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket, Jamie Dornan as Sheriff Graham/Huntsman, Tony Amendola as Geppetto/Marco, Michael Raymond-James as Neal Cassidy, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Jarod Joseph Billy, Ethan Embry as Greg Mendell, Benjamin Stockham as Owen Flynn, John Pyper-Ferguson as Kurt Flynn and Steve Makaj as captain. 

"Welcome to Storybrooke" was written by Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss and directed by Dave Barrett. 

"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 parental guideline.

For more information on "Once Upon a Time," visit ABC.com/Once


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

"Welcome to Storybrooke" Photos

Episode Pictures "Welcome to Storybrooke"

A few promotional shots from "Welcome to Storybrooke," airing March 17, 2013. Included (among others) in the shots below are series stars Lana Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas. These are not "behind the scenes," I posted some of those elsewhere.

Regina and Mary Margaret Blanchard

Henry and Regina

 Regina, Sheriff Graham, and Ben

David Nolan, Neal Cassady, and Emma Swan. 

Sheriff Graham and Regina.



2013

"Welcome to Storybrooke" - Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes of "Welcome to Storybrooke"

A few shots of the Director of "Welcome to Storybrooke," David Barrett, and star Lana Parrilla behind the scenes of "Once Upon a Time." These type of shots are undoubtedly posed to one extent or another, but they do give a sense of what is going on. It also is nice to give the people behind the scenes a bit of exposure, they work hard and don't get the acclaim of the actors.

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Director Barrett demonstrating to Lana Parrilla

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Director David Barrett talking to another crew member

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Director David Barrett and star Lana Parrilla

2013

2x17 Welcome to Storybrooke - Sneak Peek #4



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2x17 Welcome to Storybrooke - Sneak Peek #1

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2x17 Welcome to Storybrooke - Promo #2

Promo #2 for "Welcome to Storybrooke" airing March 17, 2013



"I will have my vengeance... thanks to you" says the Evil Witch.

2x17 Welcome to Storybrooke - Promo #2.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Robert Carlyle Talks About 2x16 The Miller's Daughter

First Few Minutes of "The Miller's Daughter" Episode



2x16 The Miller's Daughter - Robert Carlyle talks about the episode and how it is a pivotal moment in the television series.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ratings Hit Low

Ratings for "Once Upon a Time" are Down


Ratings for Once Upon a Time hit a series low on Sunday, March 3, 2013. This is nothing to get particularly alarmed about, but it is worth noticing. The numbers are still OK, especially with the "younger" viewers that advertisers covet. The series should sail through the remainder of the season and be renewed for next year without any issue.

There no doubt are several factors sending ratings lower. They most likely include but not necessarily are limited to the following:

  • Numerous pre-emptions since December, destroying viewing habits
  • Seasonal effects - last season, "Once" ratings also declined in the new year. Fairy tales and Christmas go together, not so much with spring and summer.
  • Dilution of the plot - there are many new, unfamiliar characters to confuse viewers, especially if you miss an episode or two
  • Erratic writing - some aspects of, for example, the "Tiny" episode were corny/campy/cringeworthy
  • Weak characterizations - Hook, for example, is poorly drawn, acting a bit impulsively for a worthy opponent
  • The nature of the show - a serial series, where you have a continuous storyline, will tend to lose viewers over the course of a season, especially with weak (or no) cliffhangers and many mid-season re-runs
  • A head-scratching decision to focus more on the "real" world - just like every other series - rather than the much more innovative fairy-tale side
  • A weakening of the main villainess, the Evil Queen, and dispersal of the negative energy that made her character so delicious. Exploring prosaic childhood traumas of fairy tale characters makes those characters both more understandable and less interesting. 
ABC is happy to put a positive spin on ratings, and since ABC is the one in control of the show's fate, its "position" is what matters:
Returning after a preemption for "The Oscars" the prior week, ABC's "Once Upon a Time" built on its lead-in (+31%) to rank No. 2 in the 8 o'clock hour with viewers (7.2 million) and young adults (2.1/6), while leading the slot to finish as Sunday's top-rated broadcast series with key Women (W18-34/W18-49).  
So, if you just take what ABC is saying publicly, "Once" is doing fabulously. Of course, network spin tends to be positive right up until the day they cancel a series. Just giving up on male viewers is probably not what ABC would prefer. If being No. 2 in your timeslot is a point of praise, well, things have changed, but one must be realistic.

The main thing to look for, of course, is a rebound or at least stabilization in the ratings. A re-focus on what made the series tick in the first place - two equal and compelling universes, one real, the other a fairy tale come alive, with lively writing and more of an orientation around the main characters and their agendas - probably wouldn't hurt matters. Perhaps limiting all the weeks off is possible from this point forward. "Once" is a great concept which should be leading in the ratings, not following along as an also-ran.



Monday, March 4, 2013

Photos from Paleyfest 2013

Cast and Creators

Some photos from Paleyfest 2013.



Saban Theater

Josh Dallas

Saban Theater

Josh Dallas

Large turnout at the Saban Theater


Edward Kitsis

Ginnifer Goodwin

Emilie de Ravine

Ginnifer Goodwin

Saban Theater

Colin O'Donoghue

Cast and Creators of "Once Upon a Time"

Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Carlyle

Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz

Emilie de Ravine, Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla


Robert Carlyle