Once Upon A Time is still up in the air at ABC, but preparations are being made for a potential seventh season with four veteran cast members currently in talks for what would be a partial reboot of the fairytale drama, various sources report:
With ABC’s Once Upon a Time wrapping its sixth season this spring, the network and the show’s creators had been discussing a potential seventh season that would reimagine the fairytale drama. I hear that a potential new installment is looking to focus on four of the most popular characters on the show.
I hear ABC Studios, which produces Once, is in talks with original cast members Jennifer Morrison (Emma), Lana Parrilla (Regina), Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold) as well as Colin O’Donoghue (Hook), who has been a staple on the show for the past few seasons, about a potential Season 7.
Source and more: Deadline
The shake-up, sources say, is creative driven, in keeping with recent reports of a Season 7 “reset,” versus a Castle-like cost-cutting measure. As part of the tweaked creative direction, two new characters/potential series regulars have been cast to appear in the May finale: Andrew J. West (The Walking Dead) will play a “strong yet vulnerable” leading man who was once optimistic but now is a cynical recluse, while Alison Fernandez (Jane the Virgin) will appear as a precocious 10-year-old with a “constant twinkle of mischief in her eye.”
Source and more: TVLine
The news comes as Once Upon a Time‘s future is uncertain. ABC has not yet renewed the show for season 7, though OUAT bosses Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have previously said they don’t see season 6 as the end.
However, OUAT does seem poised for a big shift. At the Television Critics Association’s press tour in January, ABC Chief Channing Dungey expanded on her earlier comments about the future of Once, explaining that the OUAT bosses are looking at the potential seventh season as a springboard in a new direction, “which doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re not bringing cast back,” she said. “It’s just, how do you kind of hit the reset button in a way that gives you an opportunity to expand the stories that we’re telling?” While Dungey stopped short of revealing whether any actors would exit, she did note, “Whenever there’s change, there’s always a transition.”
Source and more: EW
Will the cancellation reaper give Once have an unhappy ending, or will the series renew for a new chapter in Season 7? Stay tuned…