On Once Upon a Time's main street in Storybrooke, resident evil queen Regina sits in her car, peering into her side mirror with tears streaming down her face. The mirror's reflection shows Emma breaking bad news to Henry — someone has been murdered in Storybrooke, and all signs point to Regina as the culprit. As Regina realizes she's likely lost Henry forever and more tears fall, the director yells, "Cut!" With only a minute or two to spare before the scene resets, Lana Parrilla dries her face, peers up in the air in an attempt to stop crying before reapplying more makeup. It's time to do the scene again, and this time, it draws even more local looky-loos. That's because the Storybrooke set of ABC's fairy tale drama isn't closed to the public, but a real working street in Steveston, a town just south of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.
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Filming in Steveston is both a blessing and a, ahem, curse. On the one hand...
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Captain Hook may soon come across Dr. Frankenstein. Not a sentence you'd normally hear in regards to a television show, right? That's the beauty of Once Upon a Time.
In the land of Once, it seems any character from any genre — even Star Wars! — can be introduced into the fold. Most of the well-known fairy tale characters — Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), among them — are already regular fixtures on the ABC fantasy drama, but what about familiar faces from The Little Mermaid or The Wizard of Oz? Both are already on the producers' minds, which raises the question:
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What's next for Cam on Bones now that we know about her relationship with Arastoo? — Elizabeth
ADAM: There will still be a great deal of secrecy around the relationship. "Cam would like this to be a secret because it's slightly unprofessional to be having an affair with one of your underlings," creator Hart Hanson tells us. "She decides the fate of the interns even more than Brennan does. So it's an uncomfortable position for her, but she's managing to keep it compartmentalized." Or at least she is until it impacts her relationship with her daughter. "It has an effect on Michelle and that's the next story we tell," Hanson teases. "What secrets do you keep and for what reason?"
Do you have any Vampire Diaries scoop to help heal my broken heart over the Stefan-Elena breakup? — Helen
NATALIE: I don't think this is going to help...
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[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday's midseason finale of Once Upon a Time. Read at your own risk!]
After spending most of Once Upon a Time's second season...
The Evil Queen is — wait for it — evil. It's in her name. It's in her nature. She's proven it time and again on Once Upon a Time, and yet her portrayer Lana Parrilla insists there's good in there somewhere. Sunday's midseason finale will put that theory to the test.
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As Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) race to secure passage through the portal back to Storybrooke, Regina and Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) will do everything in their power to keep the ultimate evil queen Cora (Barbara Hershey) from coming through — even if that means putting Emma and Snow's lives in danger. Unfortunately, that seems to go against Regina's attempts to gain Henry's (Jared Gilmore) trust, which creates the conundrum she'll face on Sunday's episode (8/7c, ABC). To get the scoop on how she'll deal, TVGuide.com turned to Parrilla:
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I'm dying for Bones to come back. Give me some scoop! — Will
ADAM: The newly single Sweets is moving in with Booth and Brennan! Although the arrangement begins because Booth pities Sweets, who's been sleeping in his office, Seeley soon becomes less than enamored with his houseguest. Why? Let's just say it involves a Jacuzzi and some unfortunate timing. Also: Ever wondered what kind of superhero skivvies Booth wears? Wonder no more!
What's this about Snow and Charming finding a way to communicate between worlds on Once Upon a Time? — Emily
NATALIE: It's true. The star-crossed lovers will find a way, but like everything in these worlds, it comes with a price...
Question: After the embarrassing debacle of Viva Laughlin, I figured network TV wouldn't ever touch musical dramas ever again. Then Ryan Murphy surprised the naysayers with the out-of-the-box success of Glee. Then came along my personal favorite Smash last winter, and the also-great Nashville this fall. Now I read a couple months ago that Fox was trying to revise Fame. My question is this: Have you ever known of a time when so many music-based shows have been on TV? Is it because of the success of American Idol, The Voice and The X Factor? And do you think there is room on TV for possibly four musicals, or will they cannibalize each other for viewers? I've noticed Glee has been down in the ratings, and for a year-four show targeted at the fickle teen market, is this expected? Have you heard any buzz on Smash? I thought Season 1 was great, but I did notice the weak links too, which seem to have been corrected. I hope Season 2 really gets grittier and goes more behind-the-scenes a la West Wing instead of the soapy melodrama of S1. Thoughts? — Sean
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Once Upon a Time's Charming family reunion was painfully short-lived and that won't change any time soon.
In last Sunday's premiere, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) was sucked into a portal to what was left of fairy-tale land after the curse. Unwilling to lose her daughter again, her faithful mother Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) jumped in after her, sending them both directly into the clutches of presumed enemies Mulan (Jamie Chung) and Aurora (Sarah Bolger).
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So now what? The journey back to Storybrooke will be a long one, according to consulting producer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica), who penned this Sunday's outing, in which we also learn the origin story behind Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Rumplestiltskin's (Robert Carlyle) troubled relationship. Get the scoop:
"I am a Disney geek!" proclaims Ginnifer Goodwin, and apparently her fondness for the House of the Mouse isn't just because she plays Snow White on Once Upon a Time. Not only does Goodwin say she visits Disneyland with her animator sister "at least every other month," she's always felt a kinship with the more royal residents of the Disney universe. "My biggest dream, for the past 33 years, was to play a Disney princess," she confesses. Now that the stunner has scored that long-sought gig on ABC's hit drama, Goodwin makes for the perfect pick to host the additional features on the Cinderella: Diamond Edition release (out Tuesday) on DVD and Blu-ray.
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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season premiere of Once Upon a Time. Read at your own risk!]
After a brutally long summer, we finally got to see the Charming family reunite on Once Upon a Time — and it definitely wasn't what we were expecting. Emma (Jennifer Morrison) was filled with conflicting emotions about being given up by her parents Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) — but that was cut short as the townspeople gathered to...