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Ginnifer Goodwin joins ABC's 'Once Upon A Time' pilot

ginnifer-once.jpgMove over, Kristen Stewart. There's a new Snow White in Hollywood.

"Big Love"
and "He's Just Not That Into You" actress Ginnifer Goodwin has signed on to star in the ABC pilot "Once Upon A Time," Deadline reports. The project is from "Lost" producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

The series will follow a woman who is drawn into a small town in Maine where fairy tales may be real. Goodwin, 32, will play Snow White/Sister Mary Margaret, who is a beautiful woman with dark hair and very pale skin. She has been placed under a spell by the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) and is brought back to life by Prince Charming.

Goodwin can be seen in the film "Something Borrowed" with Kate Hudson later this year.

What do you think of Goodwin as Snow White, Zappers? Yay or nay?

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From: rebarules1 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host5/21/11 9:53 PM 
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Can 'Once Upon a Time' compare to 'Lost'? ABC's ambitious new drama

once-jennifer-morrison.jpgAt the 2010 Upfront presentation, ABC invited "Lost" alum Matthew Fox on stage to introduce two dramas that it referred to as "event television," suggesting that they would fill the space left behind by the beloved island castaways.

Those two dramas were "My Generation," which was canceled after two episodes, and "No Ordinary Family," which was not picked up for a second season.


At this year's 2011 Upfront press conference on May 17, ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee once again made the "Lost" comparison - this time with "Once Upon a Time," an ambitious new drama starring Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin.

The series will tell the story of Emma Swan (Morrison), a rough-edged bail bonds collector who is sought out by Henry, the son she gave up ten years ago. When they return to his home of Storybrooke, Maine, he tells her that he believes she comes from an alternate universe where she is actually the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.

"It's a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close; where fairytale characters are alive, though they don't remember who they once were," reads the press release. "The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, but for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell."

"We had a story there with 'Once Upon a Time' that was brought in by the writers of 'Lost,' that was simply so ambitious and so interesting," Lee says of his decision to pick up the show. "It's completely unlike 'Lost,' but in some ways it's like 'Lost,' because it's about a group of people who are trapped. In 'Lost's' case, it's an island, in this case, it's in a small town in Maine. And the sort of flashbacks that 'Lost' used to have - in this case, they're flashing back to the fantasy world that they came from."

We'll see the characters both in their modern setting, where the story will revolve around Emma's reconnection with her son, and in the fairy tale realm, which Lee describes as a "powerful cinematic world."

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From: rebarules1 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host8/15/11 3:34 PM 
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'Falling Skies' star Jessy Schram is 'Once Upon a Time's' Cinderella

jessy-schram.jpgABC's "Once Upon a Time" tells the story of a bail bonds collector, Emily (Jennifer Morrison) who is sought out by her long lost son because he believes she's from an alternate universe and is the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.

Their town of Storybrooke, Maine, is inhabited by many fairy tale characters in their modern-day incarnations, and the latest to join the show is "Falling Skies" star Jessy Schram, Zap2it has exclusively confirmed.

25-year-old Schram will be playing the Cinderella character in an early episode. Her impressive TV resume includes Hallmark Channel's "Jane Doe" movies and a memorable turn as Hannah on the second season of "Veronica Mars."

Also set to guest star on "Once Upon a Time" this season is "The Vampire Diaries'" David Anders as a doctor who dates Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin).


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'True Blood's' Kristin Bauer is Maleficent for 'Once Upon a Time'

kristin-bauer-maleficent-once-upon-a-time.jpgTwo of our fandoms are colliding and we could not be happier. Kristin Bauer, the snarky lesbian vampire Pam on "True Blood" is coming to "Once Upon a Time," a new ABC show that we named one of our most anticipated new shows for this fall.

Bauer tweets, "packing for Vancouver - to shoot #OnceUponaTime - new fantastical TV show."

Bauer will be guest-starring in one episode as Maleficent, the evil witch from "Sleeping Beauty" (so that's a third fandom colliding here), with the possibility for a recurring role, reports NiceGirlsTV. We think Bauer will make an amazing Maleficent.

"Once Upon a Time" spins the saga of fairy tale characters living in our world, in the small town of Storybrooke, Maine. We don't want to give too much else away, but it was a terrific pilot - something the whole family can enjoy.

"Once Upon a Time" premieres Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.


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Why the guys behind Lost are taking on fairytales in Once Upon a Time

Why the guys behind Lost are taking on fairytales in Once Upon a Time


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'Once Upon a Time's' Ginnifer Goodwin: 'Love, action, adventure, mystery, fantasy'

"Once Upon a Time" is the new ABC drama based on Grimm's fairytales (among other fanciful stories), where the characters from fairytale land are trapped in Storybrooke, Maine and don't know their mythical status. Ginnifer Goodwin stars as Snow White and in this video interview, she talks about her character and what we can expect from this epic new show.

"'Once Upon a Time' is a reinvention of the fairytales we all know, but our ironic twist is that the Evil Queen cast a curse to thrust us into a modern time and place," says Goodwin. "I play Snow White. She has been recreated into a woman named Sister Mary Margaret Blanchard, who is a school teacher."

"In the cursed Storybrooke world, she is plagued with all of the qualities the Evil Queen would want her to have," Goodwin continues. "The insecurities, hopelessness, the negative characteristics of Snow White."

"'Once Upon a Time' is full of hope, love, action, adventure, mystery, fantasy and all of the fairytale characters we know and love," says Goodwin.

"Once Upon a Time" premieres Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.


From: rebarules1 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host10/23/11 8:58 PM 
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'Once Upon a Time's' Lana Parrilla: 'Watch it [or] I'm gonna cast a spell on you'


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'Once Upon a Time' review: Fractured fairy tale has potential, but no happy ending yet
once-upon-a-time-review.jpgThe 2011-12 season has thus far not been a great one for new drama. The networks took a couple of high-concept swings ("Terra Nova," "Pan Am") and have produced a few solid performers ("Unforgettable," "Person of Interest"), but on the whole nothing has really broken through and become the show to watch.

"Once Upon a Time," which premieres Sunday (Oct. 23) on ABC, may or may not change that. It's flawed, to be sure -- we wonder about how it could sustain a long-term run, and one part of the show isn't as interesting as the other. But we have to give it points for ambition: No other new show this fall is attempting to tell a bigger story, and we're hoping the rough patches smooth out and it fulfills the potential that's there in its very strong cast and premise.

The show is one of two premiering in the next week (NBC's "Grimm" is the other) that use fairy tales as their jumping-off point, but otherwise are pretty different. Whereas "Grimm" is essentially a crime show with a Grimm's Fairy Tales overlay, "Once Upon a Time" delves into the lives of characters we've known pretty much our entire lives, from Snow White and the Evil Queen to Geppetto and Jiminy Cricket.

At the beginning of Sunday's premiere, the queen (Lana Parrilla, "Swingtown," "Miami Medical") puts a curse on all of fairy-tale land, taking away everyone's happy ending and banishing them to "somewhere horrible" -- our world, where they all inhabit the town of Storybrooke, Maine, and none of them, save the queen herself, remembers their former selves.

Thus Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin, "Big Love") is now lonely teacher Mary Margaret Blanchard, and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), having been near death himself when the curse descended, is a John Doe in a coma. Red Riding Hood (Meghan Ory) is Ruby, a rebellious, and not so little, young woman chafing under her granny's roof. You get the idea.

The only other person in Storybrooke who knows what's really going on is Henry (Jared Gilmore, "Mad Men"), the mayor's adopted son. He seeks out his biological mother, the tough, standoffish Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), who is in fact Snow White and Prince Charming's own daughter, whom they magically whisked away before the curse set in and who is rather skeptical of Henry's story.

But she also takes a liking to the boy and feels obligated to get him home, so she heads to Storybrooke and slowly, maybe, starts to buy into what Henry's saying -- namely, that she can break the curse and return everyone's happy endings. At any rate, she's invested enough in her newfound son to stick around for a little while.

"Once Upon a Time" was created by "Lost" veterans Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, and the influence of their former show is plain: The characters are trapped by a device not of their own making. Episodes jump back and forth between this world and the fairy-tale world. In the two episodes ABC sent out for review, there are far more questions than answers.

Chief among those questions for me is just what the queen/mayor is getting out of the curse. Yes, she's powerful and seemingly wealthy in this world, but she doesn't seem especially happy about having made other people so unhappy. It comes off as though she didn't quite think her curse all the way through.

And because most of the real-world versions of the character are blind to their true natures, they're also a lot less interesting than their fairy-tale selves. Everyone seems to have a vague sense of something being not quite right, but they're also unable to pinpoint what's wrong, which can be a little frustrating.

As such it falls to Morrison to move the story along in this world, and fortunately for the audience she's able to pull it off. She gives a confident, grounded performance that helps keep the show from feeling too fantastical, and her rapport with Gilmore is a big plus too.

Given the cast and the people involved behind the scenes -- the writing staff also includes "Buffy"/"Battlestar Galactica"/"Torchwood" veteran Jane Espenson and "Life Unexpected" creator Liz Tigelaar -- we're more optimistic than not that "Once Upon a Time" will find its way. But if it doesn't, at least it will go down swinging.

"Once Upon a Time" premieres at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on ABC.


From: rebarules1 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host10/23/11 9:04 PM 
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'Once Upon a Time's' Emma Swan: 'Fairytale characters in grown-up situations'

"Once Upon a Time" is the new ABC drama based on Grimm's fairytales (among other fanciful stories), where the characters from fairytale land are trapped in Storybrooke, Maine. Jennifer Morrison is Emma Swan, the real-world heroine brought to Storybrooke by Henry, the son she gave up for adoption.

"I play Emma Swan. Emma is sort of dragged to Storybrooke, Maine," says Morrison. "The town itself has so many mysteries and so many things to unlock. And now you have this woman living in the town that has so many deep, dark secrets."

"People think fairytales are for kids. But this is fairytale characters in grown-up situations," she continues.

"Once Upon a Time" premieres Sunday night, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.


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'Once Upon a Time's' Josh Dallas: 'Being Prince Charming feels like a lot of pressure'


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