Raphael Sbarge and Lana Parrilla
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday's midseason premiere of Once Upon a Time. Read at your own risk.]
Once Upon a Time's Evil Queen, it seems, is not so evil after all...
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...
Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin
Does Hook's arrival in Storybrooke spell danger for Belle? Will Emma finally get some bonding time with her dad? And will Regina finally find love again?
Before Once Upon a Time returns on Sunday, Jan. 6 (8/7c on ABC), TVGuide.com decided it's time for our fourth Lightning Round with the brain trust behind ABC's fairy-tale drama: executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis!
Lightning Round 3: Once Upon a Time bosses answer your burning questions
We grabbed your fan questions off Twitter and hit up Horowitz and Kitsis for a quick round of scoop, in which the producers had the option to answer, "Yes," "No" or "Can't Answer." Some of their answers, and possible non-answers, are pretty telling, so check them out below:
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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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[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.
Is speed the new suspense on TV?
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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Before Once Upon a Time returns Sunday after a two-week hiatus, TVGuide.com decided it's time for our third Lightning Round with the brain trust behind ABC's fairy-tale drama: executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis!
Is speed the new suspense on TV?
We grabbed your fan questions off Twitter and hit up Hororwitz and Kitsis for a quick round of scoop, in which the producers had the option to answer, "Yes," "No" or "Can't Answer." Some of their answers, and possible non-answers, are pretty telling, so check them out below:
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As if Once Upon a Time's David didn't have enough going on with his wife and daughter missing, now his sworn enemy King George (Alan Dale) is coming back on Sunday's episode — and he's back with a vengeance.
"King George comes to Storybrooke and he's obviously very hurt and very angry at Charming and wants revenge on him for basically ruining his life," Josh Dallas tells TVGuide.com. To recap: King George enlisted David — in a Prince and the Pauper style story — to take the place of his son in order to marry King Midas' daughter and obtain all his gold. Now King George will attempt to run David's name through the mud and turn the people of Storybrooke against their "prince.
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
David Carlyle and Lana Parrilla
It did start from a good place.
Though we know Regina (Lana Parrilla) as the Evil Queen who tore apart the Charming family, destroyed the lives of countless fairy tale characters and is guilty of numerous other offenses, there was once hope for a young girl who fell in love with a stable boy — and maybe there could be again...