Jane Espenson and Liz Tegelaar Join ABC Fairy Tale Drama ONCE UPON A TIME

     May 31, 2011


Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Lost) are talented men.  But with the fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time, they’re tackling an ambitious premise that revolves around a young female heroine (Jennifer Morrison), so any help from fellow talent is welcome.  According to THR, ABC has wisely hired Jane Espenson and Liz Tigelaar as producers the drama.  With credits on Torchwood, Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Espenson is the go-to girl for genre fare.  Terrific hire — Espenson will be a co-executive producer.

Tigelaar’s resume — Life Unexpected, Brothers and Sisters, What About Brian — isn’t quite as impressive to geeks.  But she has the experience to inject some heart into a series which could easily fall into the trap of cold, calculated mythology.  I’m always in favor of casting a strong female role at the center of a series — this works better when you support the actress with a few strong female voices behind the camera.

Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Carlyle, and Josh Dallas also star.  Read the official synopsis for Once Upon a Time after the jump.

And they all lived happily ever after – or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything starts to change. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma’s help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming’s missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen’s curse, which trapped the fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. Of course Emma doesn’t believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It’s a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close… where fairytale characters are alive, even though they don’t remember who they once were. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, but for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.