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).
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.