Once Upon A Time is one of the most unique new television ideas for 2011, and with former Lost producers on board as creators there’s hope that ABC’s new fairy tale can find the audience that Pushing Daisies never did. A little Neverending Story, a smidge of Lost, and a charm and style within the fairy tale world reminiscent of the short-lived, but brilliant, Pushing Daisies, Once Upon A Time has everything going for it. Everything, that is, except a boring generic courtroom or hospital background with cliché characters.
There may be cliché fairy tale characters in Once Upon A Time, but they’ve never been done quite like this. I admit that I’m going into what little information we have on the show with high hopes. But damnit, that’s what I expect from inventive television programming. Networks can cancel all the Fireflys, Pushing Daisies, and Chicago Codes they want. I still want original content, with a bit of wit and intelligence. Watching fairy tale characters that have forgotten who they are in our real world is just ripe for the metaphorical picking. It may be too much for the general audience, it may even end up being horrible, but for now I’m going to hold onto the fantasy that there’s something magical on the way to TV in Fall 2011.
Below is ABC’s synopsis for the series and further down are a few clips from the premiere episode:
From the inventive minds of ”Lost" executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis comes a bold new imagining of the world, where fairy tales and the modern-day are about to collide.
Once Upon A Time will begin airing Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC this Fall.
CLICK HERE to view ABC’s Fall 2011 Primetime Schedule.