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October 10 2011

'Once Upon a Time' casts Buffy alum Emma Caulfield. She will play the Blind Witch from Hansel and Gretel.

I was going to pass on this show but now can I get a hell yeah?!
I wish the trailer wasn't so terrible. I guess I'll have to check it out and hope that "the happy endings will be mine" horrible cheesy line delivery is a fluke.
For being a Fables rip-off, I wanted to hate everything about this, but now, I will try to watch episode 9.
It's not a Fables rip off. Yes there are fairy tale characters but that's pretty much where the similarities to Fables ends.
I was already planning on watching the show, and now I have even more of a reason!
And Jane Espenson is on the writing staff.
Okay, so the initial premises of the two are similar: fairy tales are real and living secretly in our world. But Fables has been consistently amazing for 110 plus months straight, while the trailers for this show aren't drawing me in. Could just be marketing. I'm just bitter that no one picked up Fables for series. Although it belongs on premium cable, but that's another story.
@CaptainB, I just looked for Fables and can't find it. What premium channel is it on? It does look good.

As for Once Upon a Time, I am going to try it. With two producers from LOST, Espenson on for a few episodes, and the addition of Emma Caulfield, Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam, True Blood), and Josh Carlye (Stargate Univere), I have to check it out.

I am particularly excited for Bauer van Straten episodes. She's really done amazing work with Pam, given the limitations of True Blood writing this season, IMO. It will be nice to see where she goes with some hopefully decent writing.
@hann23 Fables is a series of comic books. And excellent indeed.
@the Grooslaug thanks, feeling silly now

And given who the producers are on this show, I bet that they read them.
NBC originally passed on Fables. Then ABC had gained the rights in 2008 and a pilot was supposed to be made for 2009-10. No news... then suddenly ABC pick up 'Once Upon A Time'. Hmm.

I think for Fables fans the fact that 'Once Upon A Time' exists and the fact that it is on ABC as well leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

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