Now during May sweeps shows are learning their fate. Everyday new shows are classified as renewed or cancelled. While I had tapped out of ABC’s Once Upon a Time at the beginning of season 6 this fall, I was surprised to hear of the show’s renewal especially after the breaking news of so many of the main cast leaving the show.
Once Upon a Time began in 2011 and took a fresh take on storybook characters who were trapped in our world unknown of their true identity. Each season brought new villains and introduced several characters from iconic Disney films, including Frozen-shortly after the movie came out. As the seasons went on the plot lines became less interesting and in my opinion the acting got worse.
Earlier this month, their renewal was released as were the characters who would be leaving the show: all of the main cast, except for Captain Hook, Regina Mills (the evil queen), and Mr. Gold (Rumpelstiltskin). In the season finale, there was a time jump, which introduced an older Henry Mills and his daughter, who he didn’t seem to know. (Why wouldn’t he after what happened to him and his mom?) The new description is as follows: “After six seasons, the residents of the enchanted forest face their greatest challenge yet as The Evil Queen, Captain Hook and Rumpelstiltskin join forces with a grown up Henry Mills and his daughter Lucy on an epic quest to once again bring hope to their world and ours. Along the way, new fairy tale characters and old search for true love, find adventure and once again take sides in the struggle of good against evil, as classic tales are once more twisted and re-imagined.”
So basically, a reboot? The new focus combined with the Friday night time slot is just setting up season 7 for doom.