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Carlyle’s Once Upon A Time renewed for second season

Friday - May 11, 2012
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Robert Carlyle - Once Upon A Time

A primetime network drama featuring characters from just about every classic fairytale you can think of may have been a bit of a creative risk for ABC, but it has payed off in spades. After a year at the top of the ratings heap, the network has renewed Once Upon A Time for a second season.

Deadline reported the news, which was also confirmed on Twitter by executive producer Adam Horowitz. “It’s official — #OnceUponATime has been picked up for Season 2,” Horowitz said. “Thank you all so much for watching, we’re beyond thrilled to continue on!”

The show is the most-watched new drama series among adults 18 to 49 for the 2011-2012 broadcast season, as well as the highest rated science fiction or fantasy series on TV — averaging around 10 million viewers each week (Live + Same Day).

The series co-stars Robert Carlyle, whose previous gig was playing Stargate Universe‘s Dr. Nicholas Rush. On Once he plays the dual role of the manipulative Mr. Gold and the powerful Rumplestiltskin.

Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla, and Josh Dallas also star.

The show tells parallel stories in the fairytale world and the real-world town of Storybrooke, where the Evil Queen has unleashed a powerful curse to take away everyone’s memories and leave them trapped in mundane lives — with no more happy endings.

Once Upon A Time has been a pleasant surprise creatively, quickly striking a good balance between cheesy and heartwarming, introducing compelling story arcs and fleshing out character personalities and fairytale back-stories in intriguing ways.

The season finale of Once Upon A Time airs this Sunday, May 13, on ABC. Head over to our sister site at SciFiStream.com for a complete guide to the series!




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  • I didn’t watch the show since Fairy Tales are not my cup of tea. However, after having read your synopsis, I think I’ll catch the season finale just to see if I like it.

    In any case, I’m glad to see that Robert Carlyle is enjoying much-deserved success.

  • Great news indead!

    @Pioneering Fairy Tales are also not my cup of tea, which is why I didn’t initially watch this show either. Started later on because of Robert Carlyle and House’s Jennifer Morrison anyway and was VERY pleasently surprised. The show is much more adult than you would expect and Robert Carlyle’s performance is fantastic! One of the best shows currently on. I suggest starting at the beginning though.

  • I was skeptical about the show early on, but I happened to catch an episode while visiting my sister in San Diego at Christmas and was really impressed. The cast is a great ensemble, and the storylines are interesting. I finally took the time this spring to watch it from the beginning, and I’m definitely hooked.

  • @Pioneering, it’s a great show, I just don’t think the season finale will be the best way to get into it. I say start with episode 12, Skin Deep.

  • I to was skeptical but have enjoyed it. I find myself extremely excited for new episodes of Once on Sundays, the same way I am for The Walking Dead, Fringe, Game of Thrones and Doctor Who. There is just something about the show that really captivates you.

    Which is also why I think that the two Snow White themed movies, Mirror, Mirror and the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman will have a LOT to live up to when it comes to their portrayal of the characters in the story since Once already did it and does it so well.

    The only thing I REALLy can’t stand is Snow White’s hair style in the real world. They seriously need a new hair stylist!

    Also, once again no mention of Tony Amendola’s involvement as Jepetto? :(

  • I stopped watching after a few episodes, but glad for those who do love it that it got renewed.

  • Great show Carlyle definitely steals it as Rumpelstiltskin!

  • @Browncoat1984 lol and I thought I was the only one who couldn’t stand Snow’s hairstyle in the “real” world. As Snow she is HOT. Her style as Mary Margaret makes her look dull and uninteresting. But my guess is that this is intentional.
    @Starscapesg1 You are right. Carlyle definitely steals the show.

  • @Sylvia

    Same feeling here, too– I could not get in to it after a few eps (NBC’s “Grimm” is more of my flavor…)

    But, I am glad ABC took the chance to give “Once” the time it needed for others to appreciate it.

  • I wouldn’t go as far as calling this the greatest thing on television because Fringe and Supernatural (even though Supernatural is incredibly sacrilegious) is a lot better. But it is a modest third. And Carlyle is a brilliant actor, and his rumple is the most interesting character of the series.

  • @Coremae – I would at most call Once a 5th in my top 5 – Fringe, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, but the fact that I feel confident and am interested enough in the show to place it in my list of top 5 running TV shows says a lot, because I have high standards of what I consider a *great* show – there are good shows, like Sanctuary and Warehouse 13, but then there are *great* shows like Fringe and Doctor Who that really make you go “wow” on a constant basis and keep you on the edge of your seat, and for me, this season, Once has been one of those shows.

    I tried Grimm but didn’t care for it but if it continues to be a success for NBC I may give it another show.

  • Obvious renewal is obvious! Biggest hit of the 2011/2012 season next to Revenge and Person of Interest all of which have been renewed, one has to ask how long they can keep up the Storybroke angle of the show with everything that’s going on.

  • YAWN, YAWN – ONCE AGAIN typical AMERICAN format. Small town, out of towner who turns into sheriff/police, and well the entire situations is nothing more/less than Eureka with Fairy Tales instead of SCI FI or any of the previous wannabe cop shows that happens to be all that the american audience can comprehend. rehash regurgitate ad infinitum.
    NO ability to launch a person into space, so hollywood changes to reflect that not a single hollywood programme is space based! HOW SAD and PATHETIC.

  • Please don’t think were happy about this crap anymore then you are!
    Last night I was watching Ep2x15 of SGU, and watching it is at once SciFi Bliss and a Dogs**t sandwich because the whole time you know that all it’s potential got canned without any semblence of an ending. The SyFy channels just canned Sanctuary, which was preceded by Eureka(not my fave, but still you take what you can get) Caprica, Sgu…..Theyve shutdown the BSG spinoff they had in dev.
    And Once upon a time is NOT SCIFI…Plus you missed the closest clone of all…Grimm! Another dark fairytale spinoff with a cop at the lead discovering a magical world.. Even Terra Nova fit’s the stereotype BUT it was a good show with good ratings and it got canned why exactly? American TV is a fracking debacle that is split between those of us who have been bent over by last 2-3 years of EVERY Sci-Fi show being canned….(and not a single one left actually set in space!) and then theres the Reality Tv side which I can’t even begin to convey my disdain for.

    I think I can speak for the American Sci-Fi fans when I say that we are going through the 5 stages of grief over this…We were pissed, now were in dibelief. And were so desperate that were related to watching a fairy tale show and pretend that frackin Rumpelstilskin is Dr. Nicholas Rush……..Why? because that’s the closest we can get to Sci-Fi now!
    And as for our space program…
    We had nuclear based rockets that were designed to make it to mars in record time only to have the right of country bury it. We should have been in space and to Mars in the late 80′s! ahh but I digress

    I think this is more widespread then just the US though…I mean Dr.who has been scaled back this year as well. Ahh Weve all been screwed by American Idol! And it’s not just us.

  • Basically there (supposed) to be trying to find shows we like.

    What would it take for us to call a SciFi Channel home? (There is no channel with that name currently) We would like at least 2 BELIEVABLE Sci-Fi shows..(so there isnt a huge off season) that include some type of FTL Space travel. Again the Physics have to be at least theoretically possible, (so hire a consultant) to make it as “real” as possible. Also they need to have a decent CGI budget.

    Combine that with some decent Sci-Fi Reruns (This shouldn’t be terribly expensive since there are so many axed Sci-fi shows floating in the ether). Not to mention there is some decent Sci-Fi coming from across the pond…Some Great (Dr. Who) Some good, some bad, BUT ALL Better then Cooking, Wrestling, Haunted Furniture, People performing lame tasks in the dark….the List goes on.

    We don’t mind decent Fantasy flicks (Like Lost Girl) but we don’t want nor need a new and unbelievably stupid Horror/ B Movie flick every week. REMEMBER IT’S A SCI-FI CHANNEL!! There is already a Chiller channel!

    And wed be happy…..

  • Oh, it better have another season. This show is freak’n brilliant. Carlyle’s portrayal of Rumplestiltskin is truly brilliant!


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