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Carlyle’s Once Upon A Time has strong start and full-season pick up

Friday - November 4, 2011

Robert Carlyle (Once Upon A Time) - Rumplestiltskin

Former Stargate Universe star Robert Carlyle (“Nicholas Rush”) is tearing up the screen as the sinister Mr. Gold and the slightly psychotic Rumplestiltskin on ABC’s new fantasy series Once Upon A Time. And the show and its fans just got some good news: the network has picked it up for a full season.

After two weeks on the air the series, created by former LOST writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, is the highest-rated new drama on the big networks in the U.S.  It bowed to 12.6 million viewers, and held on to 95 percent of those in its second week (11.7 million).

The show tells the story of Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), who is told by the boy she gave up for adoption that she is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, prophesied to save the residents of Storybrooke, Maine from the Evil Queen’s curse.  Everyone in the town is, in truth, a classic fairy tale character cursed to live in our world, with no memory of who they really are … and no more “happy endings.”

Season One will run for 22 episodes.

Once Upon A Time also stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla, and Josh Dallas.  The series airs Sunday nights at 8/7c on ABC.




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  • Why did you not mention Tony Amendola who plays Gepetto in the fairy tale and the handyman in the real world?
    And even James Bamford’s name appears at the ending credits of episode one as the Black knight. :)

  • You know I was just thinking the same thing. It was great to see him in it.

  • I agree with the first two and I even corrected this in the comments the LAST time you guys posted about this! I know they’re not lead stars, but they’re still Stargate alum and deserve to be mentioned. BamBam plays one of the Black Knights.

    Also, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this show. I wasn’t planning on watching it initially but the previews intrigued me and its such a unique idea that it would either be A) a complete failure or B) a huge success. I think part of the appeal of the show is that its all characters we grew up with and it gives us a fresh perspective on it. The scenes in the fairy tale world are great and fun, the acting is great. Why can’t more genre shows get numbers like this?

  • The show was indeed enjoyable. I am not an expert of fairy tales, but even I can see interesting spin on characters, especially those, who were one-dimensional villains.

  • Its funny, I think almost everyone was immediately (especially on a Stargate site) “this show won’t last more than a season, its a stupid idea” I know I was but I think we’ve all been pleasantly surprised. Nice to see ABC finding a genre show they can not only keep around, but has a unique and fresh idea we haven’t seen before.

    Then there’s Grimm on NBC which after watching 20 minutes was not that great…

  • Yeah,Grimm really sucks.But this is a great news! I’m happy it held on to ratings in the second week cause I still remember 18 million for the premier of Sarah Connor Chronicles, then a dropp to 10 the 2nd week and 5 in the third.Unfortunately it never recovered from that.
    Robert Carlyle is awesome in Once Upon a Time.Great thing;his role is just about to become much more prominent.

  • My wife and I are really enjoying OUaT so far. Glad to hear about a full season pickup.
    Robert Carlyle is absolutely brilliant in this role.

  • Bobby is amazing as Rumple, and when he’s not in it, I quickly lose interest—even though I still watch. Kinda reminds me of another show called SGU, and I watched that one just as much, and it was still canceled because I didn’t live in America or owned a Neilson box. I’ve learned not to care too much about what comes on American Television, and see all of it is just a passing fad that’ll be canceled eventually.

  • @Coremae The fact that you dont live in the US,doesn’t make you that much different from Americans regarding the fate of tv shows nowdays.I have never in my life met a single member of a Nielsen family.Anyway as I’ve already wrote somewhere that system is so completely outdated and pointless it needs to be put where it belongs.History…ending with the 80′s in the past century.And even then it didn’t make too much sense.I’ve had dvr since 2002 and I’m defi
    nitely not the only one,not even the minority reg. that particular matter.Not to mention everything else that’s happened since then in tv distribution and accessibility of content.They say that they observe dvr,tivo,hulu,amazom,itunes..etc,but still,it doesn’t make any significant difference at the end of the day.That needs to change and it most definitely will and soon,since tv networks really are going through what music companies had been going ten years ago,as Allaina Hoffman said herself.There’s simply no choice but to change that.Then you will be important regarding deciding a tv show’s fate and I’m not talking specifically about Once Upon a Time here,but generally.So if there should be a show that you really like and feel passionate about,care for it to survive,go to itunes,or something similar in that case.Spend 2 dollars on an episode,instead of using a torrent.That with addition of similar legal and free internet sources which finance themselves and shows through sponsorships and commercials on the website,as well as dvr numbers becoming much more relevant than just an abstract indicator will make you and all of us much more important.It also will change tv landscape and the nature of the industry subtly,without big revolutionary changes,just as it happened with music.We just need to wait a little bit longer till the old guard goes away,and/or those who remain adapt their mantality to new circumstances and ways of conducting this business from the lowest levels of it up.

  • So far, so good – 4 episodes in, and it is doing rather well in the ratings.

    Maybe I’ll get more than 1 season? Hopefully so!

  • Show has such potential and so far it’s only begun to tap into that vast source of amazing story material..with a contemporary twist,of course.Succesfully,I might add..but I fully expect so much more.Not that I’m being negative about the show thus far,quite the opposite..when I say expect,I actually mean joyfully anticipate what they’ve in store for us!


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