Exclusive Interview: The creators of ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND talk Season 1

Emma Rigby as The Red Queen, Naveen Andrews as Jafar, Sophie Lowe as Alice, Peter Gadiot as Cyrus, John Lithgow as the voice of The White Rabbit and Michael Socha as The Knave of Hearts in ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND, ABC Thursdays at 8 PM, ONCE UPON A TIME creators/executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have (with fellow WONDERLAND creators Zack Estrin and Jane Espenson) woven together a story in the same universe as their mothership (now in its third season on ABC, Sundays at 8 PM). We’ve visited Wonderland before with Sebastian Stan’s Mad Hatter and Barbara Hershey’s Queen of Hearts. Those characters don’t show up in the new series, which combines traditional elements from Lewis Carroll’s classics ALICE IN WONDERLAND and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS with Disney’s ALADDIN. Here, Alice […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND co-creator Zack Estrin chats spin-off

Sophie Lowe is Alice in ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Wonderland, the absurdist magical realm originally created by Lewis Carroll in ALICE IN WONDERLAND, has already been visited by the characters in ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME. This means that viewers of ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND, the ONCE spin-off that premieres Thursday, October 10 at 8 PM, will have seen the place before, but the characters are all new. Alice (Sophie Lowe) is trapped in an England where no one believes she’s been to Wonderland – and she’s desperate to return so she can rescue her true love Cyrus (Peter Gadiot), who is the Genie of the Lamp, […]Read On »

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TV Review: SLEEPY HOLLOW – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Tom Mison in SLEEPY HOLLOW - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2013 Fox/Kent Smith

Stars: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, John Cho, Clancy Brown Writers: Phillip Iscove & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, series created by Phillip Iscove & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci Director: Len Wiseman Network: Fox, Mondays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 16, 2012 The new Fox series SLEEPY HOLLOW is loosely based not only on Washington Irving’s story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” with Ichabod Crane being terrorized by the Headless Horseman, but also on Irving’s Rip Van Winkle, in which the protagonist falls asleep and wakes up years later. Creators Phillip Iscove & Len Wiseman […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jane Espenson on HUSBANDS: THE SERIES, ONCE UPON A TIME and more

Jane Espenson at the HUSBANDS: THE SERIES premiere | ©2013/Jonathan Reilly

HUSBANDS: THE SERIES, the story of Cheeks (Brad “Cheeks”Bell) and Brady (Sean Hemeon), who date briefly, marry and then try to make it work, started as a completely independent Web series. Its third season has been picked up by CWSeed.com, the online arm of the CW, with new episodes debuting each Wednesday. Jane Espenson co-created HUSBANDS with star Bell; the two executive-produced the series together. Espenson has a long, impressive line of television credits as a writer and producer – she is currently working as a writer/producer on both ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME and its spin-off, ONCE UPON A […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Brad “Cheeks” Bell chats HUSBANDS THE SERIES – Season 3

HUSBANDS THE SERIES - Season 3 | ©2013 The CW Seed

HUSBANDS THE SERIES is the independent Web series that could – and did. The brainchild of creators Jane Espenson and Brad “Cheeks” Bell, HUSBANDS began life as a series of eleven two-minute segments, directed by fellow exec producer Jeff Greenstein, about two men, entertainer Cheeks (played by Bell) and baseball player Brady (Sean Hemeon), who are dating each other and then wake up from a drunk night married in Vegas once a Federal Marriage Equality law has passed. Season 1 went up on HusbandstheSeries.com and promptly became both a Web and a civil rights entertainment phenomenon. It won awards, it […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the DISNEY MEDIA NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL UPFRONT

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast L - R: Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge, Brett Dalton at the 2013 Disney Media Networks International Upfronts | ©2013 Sue Schneider

The Fall Television season is not that far away and soon new shows will be airing on the main networks and there are a lot of really good ones coming up. Each network has a whole slew of new dramas and comedies. Disney Media Networks held recently the 2013 International Upfront at The Walt Disney Studios Lot in Burbank, California. It was quite an event with talent from new, mid-season and retuning shows. Walking the carpet were the following talent: BABY DADDY Jean Luc Bilodeau – stars as Ben Chelsea Kane – stars as Riley Derek Theler – stars as […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Lacey”

Emilie De Ravin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Lacey" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Director: Milan Cheylov Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 21, 2013 There are bits and pieces of other storylines going on in the “Lacey” episode of ONCE UPON A TIME but the larger story is about Mr. Gold (Robert Carlysle) and Belle (Emilie de Ravin). It’s kind of a sad story, but it doesn’t really seem to go anywhere. I suspect it’s mostly about a set up for the big season finale on May 12. Still it’s Regina (Lana Parilla) who […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Selfless, Brave and True”

Eion Bailey in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Selfless, Brave and True" | ©2013 ABC/Eion Bailey

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Robert Hull & Kalinda Vasquez Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 24, 2013 Well, well, well. It looks like we’re taking a step back from the depths of darkness (finally) on ONCE UPON A TIME. “Selfless, Brave and True” may be all the things Mary Margaret/Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) normally is, but it’s Pinocchio/August (Eion Bailey) who gets to play those cards for a change. Whew! It finally feels like we’re getting back on track here and it’s about time. We start on October 24, […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “Welcome to Storybrooke”

Lana Parrila in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Welcome to Storybrooke" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss Director: David M. Barrett Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 17, 2013 Fine. I get it. Taking ONCE UPON A TIME to a darker place opens up a lot of room for interesting character growth and additional storylines. That makes sense. It’s good writing. Fine. But there’s a big difference between darker and the roiling pit of self-destructive despair we find ourselves in with “Welcome to Storybrooke.” Dark is interesting. Despair is merely depressing and depression, with its inherent lassitude is an awfully hard […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 2 – “The Miller’s Daughter”

Rose McGowan and Robert Carlyle in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 2 - "Miller's Daughter" | ©2013 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Meghan Ory Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 10, 2013 I have been saying since last season that I thought Cora (Barbara Hershey), “The Miller’s Daughter,” was, in fact, that miller’s daughter – you know, the one that got caught up in the original Rumpelstiltskin story, when her father bragged that she could spin straw into gold. Well, I was right and ONCE UPON A TIME has worked its magical twist once again, and very nicely turned that story on its ear in one intense episode. However, I […]Read On »

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