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TCA: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Creators Proud Of Being Part Of ‘Lost’ Generation

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

If viewers of the ABC fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time note certain unmistakable references to a certain iconic ABC show called Lost while watching the pilot, it won’t be much of an accident, critics attending TCA were assured this afternoon during a Once Upon a Time panel. The co-creators and showrunners of the new series, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, were Lost staff writers who grew to become executive producers by that show’s final two seasons. And they made no secret of packing the Time kickoff with homages to their former show. “We can’t help ourselves,” Horowitz admitted. Horowitz and Kitsis, who also wrote the feature Tron: Legacy, also employed their Lost boss Damon Lindelof as an adviser on the pilot. “Damon has been a godfather to us,” Kitsis said. “He’s one of our closest friends. And when we first kind of sold the show to ABC, and they said, ‘Great, do an outline,’ we were like, ‘What do we do?’ We immediately went to Damon’s couch and started crying. So, I mean, his name is not on this show, but he’s in the DNA of it. But he also really wants it to be our show, so sometimes he helps and sometimes he gives us tough love.”

In addition to Lost, the Once Upon a Time team also faced the inevitable comparisons to Bill Willingham’s Fables comic-book series. Kitsis maintained … Read More »

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Jennifer Morrison Set As The Lead In ABC Pilot ‘Once Upon A Time’, 3 Others Cast

By | Wednesday March 9, 2011 @ 9:01pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: House alumna Jennifer Morrison has landed the lead in ABC’s drama pilot Once Upon a Time. Josh Dallas, Jamie Dornan and Jared Gilmore also have been cast in the project, from writers/executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. It centers on Anna (Morrison), a woman drawn into the small town of Storybrook, where the magic and mystery of fairy tales may be real.

The 10-year-old Gilmore, who has recurred as Bobby Draper on Mad Men, will play the pivotal role of Henry, Anna’s biological son and the only resident of Storybrook who is not under the spell of the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) and tracks down his mom to enlist her help. Dallas will play Prince Charming. Dornan will play the handsome and authoritative sheriff of Storybrooke. Following her exit from House, on which she played Dr. Allison Cameron, Morrison has recurred on How I Met Your Mother this season. Gilmore is with AEF and David Dean Management.

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