Variety gets Once Upon a Time’s showrunners Adam & Eddie to share a bit about the new season!
“Once Upon a Time” is kicking off season four with a dose of “Frozen,” transporting the beloved characters of the blockbuster Disney movie to the town of Storybrooke. Ahead of the Sept. 28 premiere, Variety talked to showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis to preview Anna (Elizabeth Lail) and Elsa’s (Georgina Haig) “Once” debut and find out what’s ahead for the rest of the fantasy show’s ensemble.
How will Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) adjust to a second chance at raising a child? Will Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) be able to maintain a relationship despite their differences (and similarities)? How will Belle (Emilie de Ravin) react when she realizes that Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) is keeping another secret from her? What will Regina (Lana Parrilla) do now that Robin Hood’s (?Sean Maguire) lost love Marian (Christie Laing) has returned? Read on to find out.
Entering the fourth season, what is your major goal for this year?
Adam Horowitz: I think our goal is to continue to try to get better and improve and to raise the bar on the show. We feel a responsibility to the fans who’ve been with us for so long to make the show as good it can be, to deepen the characters, to explore them. One of the advantages of series television is, the longer you’re on the air, the more you get dig deep into the characters and that’s what we’re hoping to do this year. We left off last season in a place where a lot of our characters were in new situations, and we’re excited to delve into that.
What is the central theme of the first half of the season?
Eddy Kitsis: The first half of the season for us is “never give up on the people you love.”
You attempted a spinoff last season with “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” which [ABC President] Paul Lee admitted he probably shouldn’t have rushed to get on the air in the fall when it was initially planned for winter, and subsequently it didn’t connect with viewers the way “Once” did. Would you hesitate to embark on another spinoff series or are you still open to ideas if they present themselves?
Horowitz: We would never say never, and I think that there are lessons learned from “Wonderland,” particularly as Paul said, and I think we all agree, if we were ever to do it again, I think the way to do it is in the middle, after the 11th episode of “Once.”
Kitsis: For us, that was always what we wanted to do and everyone was really excited about the pilot. But of course, looking back I think our audience was watching “Once” at the time and as we say, it’s hard to get a solo album when the band also has an album out that week too. Would we embark on it again? If we had the right idea… This year we felt like we really just wanted to focus on “Once,” but next year, you never know.
How integral are the “Frozen” characters to the first half of the season? Is it comparable to the addition of the Peter Pan arc or the Wicked Witch?
Kitsis: Absolutely. The first half of this season will be “Frozen,” and that will be the arc. It’s the characters from “Frozen” coming into “Once Upon A Time.”
Horowitz: It’s not us doing “Frozen,” the sequel, as a TV show. Instead, it is taking the characters from “Frozen” and bringing them into the “Once” world, as you said, much in the way that we brought the Wicked Witch or Peter Pan, and finding the hopefully surprising way they intertwine with our characters and our mythology.Continue Reading
Tonight the cast of Once Upon a Time (including Ginnifer!) are walking the red carpet at the premiere event for the new season! I have added the first pics of Ginny at the event to the gallery!
EDIT: A giant thank you to Marica from Sean Maguire Daily for sending in a bunch of new HQs of Ginnifer on the red carpet!
ONE MORE WEEK! Who else is excited?!?! Entertainment Tonight gives us a rundown on some of the things we have to look forward to in the new season on Once Upon A Time!
You love Once Upon a Time, and we love dishing out spoilers.
So were going to make this a win-win situation by spilling absolutely everything we know about the enchanting drama’s fourth season! We had a lengthy chat with the OUAT magic-makers, executive producers Adam Horowitzand Eddy Kitsis, and we’re practically bursting with spell-binding scoop on your favorite couples, “iconic” plot-points, Storybrooke’s Frozen frenzy, and much more!
First Date Jitters: Calling all Captain Swan fans, this one’s for you! Now that the obstacles between Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) have finally vanished, it’s time to watch the chemistry-charged couple experience some adorable firsts. “Captain Swan fans can look forward to seeing their first date,” Kitsis triumphantly revealed to ETonline.
However Horowitz warns that you shouldn’t freak out just yet! “Like most first dates, things don’t go as smoothly as you’d hope,” he said. Yikes! Kitsis added, “It is still a drama and as much as we’d like to just have the two of them order pizza and watch Netflix, I think our fans – even though some of them would like to see that scene – would be bored.” Ummm…. No we wouldn’t. Give us pizza and Captain Swan cuddles!
Adding to the awkwardness of a new relationship, Emma is going to have a tough time getting her charming father to approve of her new bad boy beau. “What I’d like to see is Captain Hook get the father speech from Charming (Josh Dallas),” Kitsis teased. “I wouldn’t let my daughter date a pirate!” Hmm… but would you let her live with one? Since the Jolly Roger is still M.I.A., will we get to see any Captain Swan sleepovers? “I would say [moving in together] is a bit fast,” Horowitz said. “But I think Emma is going to realize this year that she needs her own place.”
Royal Problems: Last season we were crushed when Regina (Lana Parrilla) lost her happily ever after with Maid Marian’s introduction, and it looks like we’re going to start off this season where we left off. “We’re going to pick up right after that and so she’s really stunned,” Horowitz revealed of our beloved queen. “She never though Marian was going to come back. She certainly didn’t think Emma would travel back in time and ruin her life.” Dun dun duuuun!
So what’s next for our broken-hearted Regina? “It’ll be interesting to see how she’ll deal with this tragedy in her life because in the past, this would’ve been handled very simply: She’d go up to her, rip her heart out and that would be the end of it,” Horowitz laughed. “Now she’s got three seasons of growth and she’s going to be tested for the first time and that’s kind of what her arc is for the first ten. We’re going to see how she handles that.” All we know is we want plenty of Outlaw Queen moments, stat!Continue Reading
Who is excited for the new season of Once Upon A Time? Only a few more weeks! (September 28th you need to get here!)
Looks like things are getting pretty frosty in Storybrooke.
Once Upon a Time has released its first teaser trailer featuring Elsa of Frozen, and the 30-second clip of the popular Disney character passing through Storybrooke’s signature landmarks show the locations’ feeling, well, left out in the cold.
The ABC fantasy show made waves in July when it announced it had cast its Elsa, Fringe actress Georgina Haig, for its fourth season. (The show cast its Hans and Pabbie a few weeks later.)
The trailer, which debuted on the Hollywood Reporter site, also shows that some characters are perhaps less thrilled about Elsa’s entrance than the rest of us.
Lana Parrilla’s Regina/Evil Queen seems resigned to Elsa’s arrival, casually remarking, “Here we go again,” while Jennifer Morrison’s Emma is even less enthused, limiting her commentary to a semi-exasperated “Really?”
How excited are you for Elsa and the rest of the cast of Frozen’s arrival in Storybrooke when the show returns Sept. 28?
The bad news: Ginnifer Goodwin couldn’t come to Comic-Con this year. The good news: She taped a message to fans attending the San Diego convention from ABC’s Once Upon a Time set in Vancouver. Exclusively on EW.com, here the actress who plays Mary Margaret / Snow White shows that having her first child hasn’t changed her one bit.