First Look at ABC’s Modern Fairytale Once Upon a Time

I’ll be honest with you, I’m only interested in this show for one reason — Jennifer Morrison. What can I say? I’ve been a fan of hers since her “House” days, and hated to see her leave that show, though of course there wasn’t much for her to do so it was probably a good idea to bail for her own show on ABC. “Once Upon a Time” looks decent and will probably have to fight for the same turf that NBC’s “Grimm” is going for. Still, the show will probably go on my DVR list anyway (again, Jennifer Morrison, need I say more?). Plus, the cast includes Robert Carlyle, still trying to make it on American TV after his “Stargate: Universe” got shafted recently, and Lana Parilla of “24” and “Boom Town” fame.

Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything will change. Henry (Jared Gilmore) is 10 years old now and in desperate need of Emma’s help. Henry believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world … and is Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and Snow White’s (Ginnifer Goodwin) missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen’s (Lana Parilla) curse, which trapped the fairytale world forever, frozen in time.

Of course Emma doesn’t believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It’s a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close … where fairytale characters are alive, even though they don’t remember who they once were – including the Evil Queen who is now Henry’s foster mother. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, but for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.

Starring Robert Carlyle, Josh Dallas, James Dornan, Jared Gilmore, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parilla, and Raphael Sbarge.

Coming to ABC this Fall.