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!