TV's finest dramas tend to feature modern (or modern-seeming) characters of ambiguous morality who often give in to their worst impulses. There's really not a Prince Charming in the bunch, but one of the leads of 'Once Upon a Time' is the actual Prince Charming. He's not what you'd call edgy.
In some ways, though, 'Once Upon a Time's' square-ish optimism is what sets it apart from everything else on television at the moment. Well, that, and the fact that half of it is set in a universe populated by fairy tale characters such as the Evil Queen, Snow White and Jiminy Cricket.
Toto, we're not in regular primetime any more. And that alone is reason to give this show a shot.
Once the show wrapped for good, they knew what they didn't want to do. "We weren't going to write the cheesy [procedural, i.e.], 'Young D.A. balancing her life and work, here is the case of the week,'" Kitsis said in an interview in the pair's Los Angeles office two months ago. "We don't think that way."
Instead of going that route, they revisited a fairy-tale script that they had first shopped around many years earlier, way back when they were staff writers on 'Felicity.' Nobody wanted it then, but ABC eagerly bought their revised pitch for 'Once Upon a Time,' which premieres 8PM ET Sunday, despite the fact that, as Horowitz joked, the pilot script is a compendium of elements that often make network executives freak out.
Below, watch Kitsis and Horowitz discuss how much 'OUAT' will resemble 'Lost' (they were both writers and producers on the show), and what they consider to be the scariest fairy tale of them all.
'Once Upon a Time' premieres Oct. 23 at 8PM ET on ABC.
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According to Ausiello Files, Kitsis and Horowitz will be joined by Damon Lindelof as a consultant. The duo are prepping a pitch for ABC Studios. Details are scarce, but the report indicates the proposed series will have a female lead.
In other TV news ...
• CBS has announced the judges for Paula Abdul's new dance competition. Abdul will be joined by host Andrew Günsberg of 'Australian Idol,' choreographer Travis Payne and singer/dancer Kimberly Wyatt. [Live Feed]
• ABC is developing a series based on 'Romeo & Juliet.' The series is a retelling of the classic Shakespeare tale, but unlike past attempts, this show would be set in Renaissance times. Catherine Hardwicke is in talks to direct. [Deadline Hollywood]
• Craig Ferguson and 'Half & Half' writer Yvette Lee Bowser are developing a comedy project at CBS. 'Roz,' follows a single mom who has to support her extended family. [Variety]
The newest Lost audio podcast is up and running on ABC's website. Special guests Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis filled in for Damon Lindelof this week (Carlton Cuse co-hosted). Horowitz and Kitsis are the writers behind last week's Nikki and Paulo episode, along with many other Lost episodes. Cast member Elizabeth Mitchell gave a brief interview about her character, and the writers answered fans' questions. The following details were revealed:
Elizabeth Mitchell always suspected that Juliet was "brilliant," and that the character's strength had grown since she arrived on the island. She finds Juliet's development "fascinating."
Lost co-executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are spilling the beans about Season Three, or least hinting at what's to come. Horowitz and Kitsis co-wrote the upcoming Hurley-centric episode "Tricia Tanaka is Dead," along with several other Hurley flashback episodes.
Fans can expect this new episode to be relatively lighter than the intense Other storylines. The writers are also encouraging viewers to pay special attention to the last few minutes of the episode, a bold promise after last week's misleading ABC promos. According to Horowitz and Kitsis, the episode's events have been in the works for a long time.
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