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‘Once Upon a Time’ looks to a new fairy-tale beginning

By in Press Enterprise on October 4, 2017

By Rob Lowman

Entering its seventh season, ABC’s hit fairy-tale series “Once Upon a Time” is moving from its familiar Sunday night spot to Fridays while getting a new story and characters to boot.

At the end of last season, cast members Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jared Gilmore and Emilie de Ravin all left the series, opening the show up to new stories and new characters.

The original aim for the series was to run five years. So the producers wrote to that ending. Though it took one more season to reach the end, the show proved successful enough that the network asked for a new take, says executive producer Edward Kitsis.

The original series had a young Henry Mills (Gilmore) tracking down his real mom (Morrison), the daughter of Snow White (Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Dallas). In the new chapter, beginning Friday with the episode “Hyperion Heights,” a grown-up Henry (played by Andrew J. West) – the author of a fairy-tale book – is no longer in Storybrooke and is living in Seattle when he gets a knock on his door from his child, Lucy (Allison Hernandez).

Lana Parrilla of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.”

Of course, Henry doesn’t remember really any of his past – magic has wiped it out. Lucy needs Henry to save her mother, Cinderella (Dania Ramirez), who doesn’t remember her fairy-tale life: In the real-world, she works as a waitress.

“Henry has found himself in a new book with new characters, and he’s called on some of his friends like Captain Hook and Rumplestiltskin and his mom, the Evil Queen, to join him,” says Kitsis.

His Evil Queen mom was really his adopted mom played by Lana Parrilla. In the reboot, she is a struggling bar owner. “She’s no longer in charge,” says Parrilla, “It’s refreshing. It feels different. You don’t get […]    

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