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    Once Upon a Time - Episode 1.07 - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Press Release




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    THE TOWN OF STORYBROOKE WILL MOURN THE LOSS OF ONE OF THEIR OWN, AND THE EVIL QUEEN TRIES TO HIRE AN ASSASSIN TO MURDER SNOW WHITE, ON ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME"


    "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" - One of the town's residents begins to remember their fairytale past, and Storybrooke mourns the loss of one of their own. Meanwhile, in the fairytale world that was, the Evil Queen attempts to find a heartless assassin to murder Snow White, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

    "Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper.

    Guest starring are Jamie Dornan as Sheriff Graham, Meghan Ory as Ruby/Red, Giancarlo Esposito as Sidney/Mirror, Howard Siegel as tavern owner, Scott Heindl as Bartholomew, Tristan Jensen as Horatio and Kam Kozak as black guard.

    "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Dave Barrett.

    source: ABC



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    Oooooh, it will be hard to wait for this episode. These marvelous pics (Grazie, Alkei, once again) emphasize why Jen referred to it as her fave ep, so far.

    This show is just getting better and better. :D

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    Once Upon a Time: What Did You Think of Tonight's Shocking Death?



    11 dicembre 2011 - 18:01 da Tierney Bricker


    What's that sound you hear? Oh, it's just the sound of millions of Once Upon a Time fans reacting to the death of a fan favorite character and the first major death on the new hit series. While it was no shock that Storybrooke's population would be decreasing, the way it happened it what truly shocked us.

    So let's get into it, shall we?

    While we've known for some time that Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan, miss you already, boo!) was going to be to Once Upon a Time what Boone (Ian Somerhalder) was to Lost, we still were emotionally gutted by his death. Seriously, how heartbreaking was it to see him die in the arms of Emma (Jennifer Morrison), she who lives because he spared her mother in the fairy-tale world.


    Yes, that's right. Tonight's episode finally revealed Graham's counterpart in the fairy tale world: the Huntsman who spared Snow White's (Ginnifer Goodwin) life. While it was never revealed what happened to the Huntsman in the original fairy tale, OUAT chose a particularly gruesome ending to his story...at least in Storybrooke.

    Once the Evil Queen (Parrilla) realized the Huntsman had not brought her back Snow White's heart, she stole his, making him her pet. And all she had to do was give his heart a squeeze and her wish was his command. Turns out, she could do the same in Storybrooke and when Graham finally stood up to her (after remembering who he was before), Regina didn't just give his heart a squeeze, she broke it. Boo! Hiss!

    We have to give major props to Dornan, who did an amazing job in tonight's episode and will forever be our favorite Hunstman. (Sorry, Chris Hemsworth!) Make sure to come back to WWK tomorrow for our exclusive interview with Dornan, who reveals whether or not he'll ever return to the show!

    Now, we want to hear from you: What did you think of Dornan's big episode? Did you predict he was the Huntsman? Did you like the twist that OUAT put on the story? Are you going to miss Graham and his vests as much as we are? Let's grieve together in the comments, shall we?
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    December 11, 2011 06:33 PM PST

    Once Upon a Time Fall Finale Recap: 'A Heart I Shall Have!'




    Jennifer Morrison had told TVLine that the fall finale of ABC’s Once Upon a Time would feel “almost like a season finale, there is so much going on” — and she was right. In the course of the breakneck, over-too-soon hour, we witnessed Sheriff Graham begin to remember his “other life,” share a kiss (or two) with Emma, consult with Mary Margaret and Henry for clues on his hazy part, and then ultimately make a truly heart-wrenching decision, to break things off with Regina.

    Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was (as ABC likes to call it), we learned that the sheriff (as widely speculated) was in fact the Huntsman, and that the Evil Queen, in the wake of the death of her husband (aka Snow’s father), recruited him to dispatch with her “beloved” stepdaughter. The Huntsman, though, could not bring himself to do it — especially when the goodbye letter Snow tasked him with bringing the queen after her death brought a tear to his eye. Instead, he made an ill-fated attempt to pass of a stag’s heart as Snow’s.

    But when that ticker failed to open a “deposit box” inside the queen’s vault of hearts, she called the mercenary on his bluff and promptly plucked his own pumper from his chest, assigning her governance over him “forever” — up to and including the decisive moment the Regina, scorned, retreated beneath her dead father’s mausoleum and squeezed the life out of her ex-love remotely. And she did so just as Graham acquired full lucidity over his fantastical past, but decided to go in for another Emma embrace before getting all exposition-y with her. Drat that.

    But wow, what an eventful episode, just as compelling as Morrison promised, starting with Graham’s very first flash upon kissing Emma early on. “I’m looking to feel something,” he explained. Graham’s flashes began with the image of a wolf — one eye “blood red, the other as black as night” — and we saw that the Huntsman, “raised by wolves” as he had been, had been befriended by said wolf back in the day. Egged on by Rumplestiltskin to ponder his possible other life, Graham first checked in with Mary Margaret, who also appeared in his flashes, and the most they could agree on was their odd inability to remember when it was that they met there in Storybrooke. Hmmm. Graham then went to ask Charlie about his fairytale book — namely, “Am I in it?” There, he got the info dump about the Huntsman’s impossible assignment and grim fate.

    In the end, the Storybrooke wolf led Graham and Emma to the mausoleum that matched his flash of the queen’s vault. Their initial investigation came up empty, but Regina sure found something — the two of them all cozy in the darkness. Graham then broke up with the mayor, explaining that feeling “nothing” was better than what he felt with her. (Ouch!) Regina tried to blame Emma, but Ms. Swan wasn’t having any of it. She instead brilliantly noted that Henry and now Graham both went running from her — wonder why? And… cue catfight-slugfest. Graham and Emma were back at the cop shop, tending to her scrapes, when his epiphany arrived, followed by the sweet kiss… and abrupt death.

    A few other notes ‘n’ quotes:

    * Separately, the Evil Queen said of her beef with Snow, “They don’t know what she did to me” and “I shared a secret with her and she couldn’t keep it – and that betrayal cost me deeply.” What are your theories on what she is getting at? (Jennifer Morrison, who live-tweeted the East Coast airing, said that backstory would come at a later date.)

    * It was a pretty sweet scene when Henry (who hereby falls under the “less is more” rule of screen time) noted that Emma basically owes Graham aka the Huntsman her life, since he spared her mother, Snow White.

    * Regina did warn Emma to stay away from Graham, that she was ” putting thoughts in his head that will lead to his destruction.”

    * “Graham, you are not fine. You just went to see a 10-year-old for help.”

    * “The time for mourning is over. I simply found that black suits me.”

    * Morrison tweeted that when Graham gave Regina the hook, and stood up for himself, was when Emma first started to fall hard for the guy. Sigh. Timing is everything.

    www.tvline.com/2011/12/once-upon-a-...pisode-7-recap/

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    ‘Once Upon A Time’ Recap: Regina Kills… Someone Beautiful




    We’ve known this tragic death was coming, but nothing could have prepared me for it. I ugly-cried so hard.

    I hate being right — especially when it means devastatingly handsome law enforcement officials have to die. But that’s exactly what happened on the Dec. 11 episode of Once Upon A Time. Join me in mourning, won’t you?

    Let me begin by saying that if everyone on this show was able to put the pieces together as quickly as Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) did, the series would already be over. One drunken kiss with Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and his head was filled with memories of his fairy tale life — as the huntsman! He remembered being hired by the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), he remembered letting Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) live, and he remembered the Queen stealing his heart as punishment.

    Come to think of it, Regina being in possession of Graham’s heart clears up quite a few of my questions: Like why he was so emotionally detached when it came to women — and why he kept sleeping with her, despite her being cold in bed. But I digress…

    The same wolf that caused Emma to crash her car in the pilot also appeared to Graham in a dream, eventually leading him and Emma to the mausoleum where he believed Regina was keeping his heart. And even though Regina showed up to spoil their big discovery, the evening wasn’t a total bust, because it led to one of my favorite things in the world: GIRL FIGHT!

    Regina started things off with a sucker punch, followed by an impressive left hook from Emma. More punching followed, but I was too wrapped up in boyish delight to recall the gory details. The fight ended with Graham finally telling Regina off, and leaving her to be with Emma.

    Sadly, their happy ending wasn’t to be. When Regina came over to the real world, she brought her gross little collection of hearts with her — and she just happened to hide them under the mausoleum. So while Graham and Emma were back at the station, reveling in each other’s beauty, Regina retrieved Graham’s heart and squeezed it… to death.

    Graham’s lifeless body hit the floor, followed by Emma’s sobs, and the the screams (well, make that tweets) of million of fans watching at home. It was a devastating way to wrap up the first part of season one, but it also solidified two very important things about Once Upon A Time:

    1. No one is safe.
    2. Regina Mills is an evil, evil bitch.

    Since we’ve got a few weeks until new episodes return, let’s pass the time with some mindless theorizing: What was the big secret the Queen told Snow White that caused their feud? And who else’s heart does Regina have in her little collection?
    — Andy Swift

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    'Once Upon a Time' recap: Wolf In Sheep's Skinny Jeans


    Someone dies; someone has a one-night stand. Neither are who you think!


    By Shaunna Murphy | Published Dec 12, 2011

    Well, there you have it. Once Upon A Time's producers have been teasing a major death for weeks, I just never thought they'd be so cruel as to kill one of the best (albeit most ridiculous) characters on the show. The sweater-vest-loving, hopelessly conflicted sheriff with the inexplicable Irish accent is no more, undone by the simple act of falling in love. On a positive note, his death proved once and for all that Regina is just as eeeevil in Storybrooke as she was back in Fairytale. Her actions will definitely have consequences, so yay for plot development! On a negative, much deeper note, Emma (and Shaunna) may never fall in love again, and I thought that this episode, and Graham's death, felt rushed. I would have preferred a slow-burning mystery spread out over several episodes over this dramatic, Nikki and Paulo-style stand-alone sendoff. But, as Emma said, "Not feeling anything is an attractive option when what you feel sucks," so I'm going to turn off my heart-switch and mourn the jaunty sheriff-man at a later date.

    We began, as we typically do, at the diner. What is this, New Jersey? At night the diner turns into the local watering hole, and this is where we found our doomed hipster sheriff -- hitting bulls-eye after bulls-eye in a solo game of darts. Storybrooke's intrepid reporter Sydney (remember him?) seemed to be very interested in Graham's dart skills, which leads me to believe that he might be one of the few people in town who is at least partially aware of the curse. If not, then he's a terrible reporter. I hope we'll see more of him soon.

    Emma was still angry at Graham for his late night tryst with Regina, and tried to pass off her hurt feelings as total indifference. She was unsuccessful. "You don't know what it's like with her," Graham insisted. "I don't feel anything!" That excuse doesn't work on women with at least average levels of self-esteem, so Emma rebuffed his advances. Good girl. Graham went in for the kiss regardless, but as soon as their lips touched, his brain flashed back to Fairytale. Whoa! "Did you see that?" he asked Emma, clearly upset. She did not, and made it perfectly clear that he wouldn't be "seeing" more of her anytime soon. Predictably, the hurting Graham ran straight into the arms of Regina, who stared directly at the camera with some seriously shifty eyes. At that point, you had to just know. Shifty eyes are a litmus test for cruel intentions. That makes sense, right?

    In Fairytale, the beautiful Evil Queen stood on her balcony, gazing down at her pathetic plebeian subjects from her insane evil fortress. Elsewhere in the castle, Snow was crying over her recently deceased father's coffin. The Queen approached, and the two women shared what appeared to be a genuine hug. "I may only be your mother through marriage," the Queen said, "But I'm here for you, dear. Truly, and forever." So now we know that the Evil Queen is also the Evil Stepmother, ticking off two major boxes in the fairy tale villain checklist.

    Later, the Queen (sans Snow) consulted her magic mirror. "One down, one to go," she sneered. We knew that the Queen hated Snow for a yet-undisclosed crime, but what could Snow's father, who I thought was the love of the Queen's life, possibly have done to ignite such an insane rage? "The kingdom is still loyal to her," the Queen said of Snow. "They don't know the wretchedness inside her as I do." God, I can't wait to find out what she did. The Queen told the mirror that she needed Snow dead, but she wasn't going to send one of her own knights to do it. "I need someone adept at murder, bereft of mercy," she said. "Someone with no heart," the mirror replied. "You need a huntsman." So the theory that pretty much everyone had from day one was correct. Good job!

    In Fairytale's magnificent forest, the Hipster Huntsman shot then ritualistically thanked a deer for giving him life, telling us instantly that this man was not actually bereft of mercy. His hunting companion was the same wolf that Graham had seen in his kissy flashback with Emma -- one creepy red eye, one slightly less creepy black one. Hipster Huntsman assured his companion that he would not go hungry that night ... and Sheriff Graham awoke with a start. The hunt wasn't just a flashback, it was a memory-dream! He remembered everything, and (stupidly) shared it with Regina. She told him to go back to sleep, as it was clearly only a dream. "It didn't feel like a dream," he said. "It felt like a memory." He left her bedroom in a huff, but things got even weirder when the wolf appeared next to his cop car. Sheriff Graham was losing his mind! Or was he?

    Over at Chez EmmaMaryMargaret, Emma angrily tossed a bouquet of flowers into the trashcan, thinking they were a make-nice gift from the Sheriff. Hilariously, they were not. "Those were mine," Mary Margaret said, with equal parts pride and embarrassment. See, sweet-faced Mary Margaret had done the unthinkable -- she had sex! With Doctor Whale! In a purposeful one-night stand! Thankfully, commitment-phobe Emma was the perfect daughter gal-pal to trust with this scandalous information. "One nighters are as far as I ever go," Emma said. "Yeah, but that's because you're..." Mary Margaret tried to stop, but it was too late. She had to confront Emma with the hard truth -- everyone knew she was building walls so she wouldn't get hurt, and she obviously had feelings for Graham.

    Unfortunately, Graham was currently insane. He frantically ran through the woods, eventually running into the ever-so-mysterious Mr. Gold. Did anyone else think that Mr. Gold was burying a body in this scene? The apron and the shovel and the sneaking through the woods would suggest yes, but Graham didn't give it a second thought. Gardening, right. Great detective work, Sheriff. Graham told Gold that he was pursuing a wolf he saw in his dreams, and Gold seemed to get a kick out of this. "You know Sheriff, they say that dreams are memories," he said (knowingly?). "Memories of another life." He wished Graham the best of luck, and sent him on his way. (Do you think that Gold goes to Regina when curse-related incidents like this happen? I'm beginning to lean strongly towards 'no.' My current theory is that Gold is not on anyone's side -- much like Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight, his only motivation is chaos. But hey, we'll see. I love him.)

    Graham finally located his wolf, and as soon as they touched, his brain flashed to his horrible past -- the dagger, Snow, the wolf, a mysterious vault bearing a strange sigil. Seeing Mary Margaret's face was too much for Graham to bear, so he confronted her in her classroom. "I think we know each other," he said. "Not from here. Not from Storybrooke." She looked at him like he was insane, but couldn't answer when he asked when and where they had met. "I can't remember when I met you, or when I met anyone," he said. "Isn't that odd?" Thank you! Sheriff Graham -- unlikely voice of reason. He asked her if he had ever hurt her, and if she believed in past lives. "You've been talking to Henry," she said. "He has this book of stories, he's been going on about how he thinks we're all characters from another land." Graham perked up at this.

    In the woods of Fairytale, the Hipster Huntsman brought his wolf to a rambunctious town tavern. The local yokels picked on him, conveniently providing us with some exposition. Through their taunts, we learned that Hipster Huntsman's parents threw him to the wolves. He was raised by them, and now he loves animals much, much more than he loves people. "I heard he cries over his kills!" shouted drunk bully no. 1. "What kind of a man cries over an animal?" wondered drunk bully no. 2. Questioning a man's manliness is never a good idea, so Hipster Huntsman beat the men into a bloody pulp. "He's perfect," the Queen said as she watched the fight through her mirror. "Bring him to me."

    And bring them to her they did. "I always felt there were two kinds of people -- wolves and sheep," she said to the confused Hipster Huntsman. "Those who kill, and those who get killed." Hipster Huntsman, who had previously only killed for himself, was hesitant to drink this crazy woman's Kool-Aid. But she persisted, saying she needed "Someone who will have no qualms carving a heart out and bringing it back for my collection." Her initial reward offer -- a place in her court -- was of no interest to the Hipster Huntsman. He would only do it if she would outlaw the hunting of wolves. How sweet?

    Hipster Huntsman disguised himself in the Evil Queen's official armor -- armor that had a magnificent six-pack carved over the abdominal area. I was instantly obsessed with this. He led a very chatty Snow through the woods, to her apparent doom. Luckily, our Snow is so smart and intuitive that she sniffed him out almost instantly. "You're not a knight, are you?" she said. "You're going to kill me." "You have good instincts," he replied. Snow spoke softly, but she was carrying a big stick, which she then awesomely whacked him with.

    Still, Snow knew that she would never be a match for the skilled hunter. He found her waiting patiently on a tree-stump, writing a goodbye letter to the Queen. "No matter what I do, I know how this ends," she said. "Tell her I mean every word." Snow peacefully and honorably accepted her fate, causing Hipster Huntsman to finally see her as more than human. She was more like his beloved wolves -- noble, innocent, and wise -- than the terrible human beings he had encountered over the years. He let her escape, giving her a reed whistle to use if she ever needed help. I think he said that blowing the whistle would alert the wolves, but sometimes Jamie Dornan's accent is hard to understand.

    Back in Storybrooke, Regina headed to the station to taunt Emma about her relationship with Graham, but also about the fact that Emma was a commitment-phobic lowlife who would never amount to anything, ever. This scene was pretty much your standard "back off my man" fare, with an ominous, foreshadow-y threat thrown in for good measure: "You are leading him on a path to self-destruction," Regina warned. "Stay away." As if this wouldn't lead to exactly the opposite.

    Meanwhile, Graham headed to Regina's manse to see the all-knowing Henry. "It's about your book," he said. "Am I in it?" Dr. Henry flipped through the book as he patiently listened to Graham's symptomatology. Ahhhh, that's right. Right under "narcissistic personality disorder" is "you are the Huntsman"! Henry figured it out when Graham said that he remembered almost stabbing Mary Margaret. And as for that wolf? "It's your friend," Henry said. "Your guide. He's trying to help you." Henry also said that kissing Emma, who was connected to Graham because he spared her mother (thus allowing her to be born), caused the flashbacks. Oh, and one other thing -- "The Queen took your heart," Henry said. "She ripped it out. It's kind of her thing." He flipped to a page that showed the mysterious vault from Graham's earlier flashback. This vault contained Graham's heart. Easy, then! (Seriously -- how was he planning to get it back in? This is not Dr. Whale's specialty.)

    Graham ran into Emma as soon as he left the manse, because, again, Emma likes to do exactly the opposite of what Regina tells her. He told her that the wolf from his dreams would lead him to his heart, and Emma used this as an opportunity to get super-romantic. "You have a heart," she said. "I can prove it." She lovingly put her hand on his chest. "See? It's beating. It's real." This was a very sweet moment, which was instantly killed by the wolf. Only this time, Emma saw it too. They chased the wolf through the woods and its dilapidated cemetery, eventually meeting him at the vault.

    Dramatic! Intriguing! Therefore, this was the perfect time to interrupt the action by flashing back to Fairytale. Ugh, so very Lost. Hipster Huntsman handed the gleeful Queen the letter, which went a little something like this: "Dearest Stepmother, By the time you read this, I will be dead. I understand that you will never have love in your life, because of me. So it's only fitting that I'll be denied that same joy as well. For the sake of the kingdom, I hope my death satisfies your need for revenge, allowing you to rule my father's subjects as they deserve -- with compassion and a gentle hand. I know what you think you're doing is vengeance. I prefer to think of it as sacrifice, for the good of all. With that in mind, I welcome the end, and I want you to take my last message to heart. I'm sorry, and I forgive you."

    Okay, so that maybe answers something about Snow's unspeakable crime -- it somehow led to the Queen never being able to have love in her life. This is why Regina is so focused on Henry back in Storybrooke. She wants the happy ending that only she (and the numerous, nameless plebeians) was never able to have in Fairytale. But I digress. The Huntsman handed over the heart, but the fact that the vault didn't magically open to accept it unearthed his deception almost instantly.

    Back at the present day vault, Graham and Emma came this close -- again -- to sharing a kiss. But, alas, Regina the moment-killer showed up with "flowers for her father's grave." Regina told Graham to come home with her, as he looked terrible. Instead, Graham broke up with her using a clever variation of a classic way leave your lover: "It's not me, it's you!" He twisted the knife deeper and deeper, until Regina started screaming at Emma for bringing utter chaos to Storybrooke. "Henry came and found me," Emma replied, perhaps a bit too tauntingly. "Graham kissed me." Regina took this as her cue to deck Emma in the face, and of course our favorite grumpy-face bailbondswoman-turned-sheriff responded with equal force. In all honesty, I was very impressed with both of their right hooks. This was not your standard television ladyfight -- with a bit more training, I would put my money on either of these women if they joined the UFC. Or I guess Strikeforce, since women still aren't able to join the UFC. Write your congressman!

    Later that night, Graham nursed Emma's wounds at the station while Regina examined her father's tombstone. She gave it a solid push, revealing a hidden staircase that could only possibly descend into MADNESS. We then flashed back to Fairytale, where we were finally able to see the Queen ripping the Huntsman's glowing heart straight out of his chest. He was okay, though. "You're now mine," she said. "My pet." She moseyed over to her vault, the very same vault that Regina was currently entering in Storybrooke, and threw his still-beating heart into one of its many drawers. "And this is your cage. From this moment forward, you will do everything that I say. If you ever disobey me, if you ever try to run away, all I have to do is squeeze." When she squeezed, the Huntsman fell to the ground in unspeakable pain. "Your life is now in my hands -- forever. Bring him to my bedchamber!" So the Queen used the Huntsman as her sick little sex-toy, just as Regina used Graham over in Storybrooke. The same Graham who was currently disobeying Regina by cavorting with Emma.

    Regina opened a drawer and removed his heart, as Emma and Graham (finally) passionately made out. This was (no pun intended) heartbreaking, but also one of the coolest sequences we've seen so far on this show. Regina is so cuckoo-bananas-evil! As they kissed, Graham remembered everything. Not just flashes of tiny details -- the whole darn story. So, time to die. He held Emma's face lovingly in his hands, then dropped to the floor as Regina squeezed his heart into a pile of ashes. Lights out.

    I'm interested to hear your thoughts on this game-changing episode, viewers. Introducing a character as a series regular for several episodes then unceremoniously killing them off has certainly been done before, but this was, by far, Once Upon A Time's darkest moment. Do you like this darker, more twisted version of Time? Will Emma have a new love interest now that Graham is out of the picture, or will she be a sad old spinster forever? Will the show suffer without him? Do you think that Jamie Dornan's Huntsman was even half as handsome as Chris Hemsworth's? Man, I'm excited to see that movie.

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    TV Ratings Sunday: 'Once Upon a Time' Continues To Fall; Fox Animations Down + Scrambled CBS



    Written By Robert Seidman

    December 12th, 2011

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    Of course the Giants Cowboys game on Sunday Night Football will lead to an NBC win (it was the second-best Sunday Night Football of the season in the overnight household ratings). But boosted by 41 minutes of NFL overrun, CBS had a solid night (though its numbers are scrambled due to the overrun).

    In it's "fall finale" (it will return January 8 ) Once Upon A Time fell 0.3 to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, a season/series low. Looks like the bloom is off the rose...fans will have four weeks to ponder the reasons.

    Fox's animations were all down from last week when Fox had a big NFL overrun boost with the national late game (thought yesterday's Bears-Broncos game did give Fox a bit of Tebow in primetime in a good chunk of the country). The Simpsons 3.0 adults 18-49 rating was down a full point from last week. Fox aired The Cleveland Show at 8:30 that scored a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 8% from last week. Family Guy was down 14% to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. American Dad was up 14% from its last original two weeks ago to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

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    ONCE UPON A TIME Redux: Why Do TV Shows Have To Break Our Heart?



    By Tiffany Vogt on December 12th, 2011


    One of my favorite new shows just broke everyone’s heart. ONCE UPON A TIME is premised on the idea that Emma Swan is the key to breaking the Evil Queen’s curse and that she will bring back the “happy endings.” But if this most recent episode is any indication, the curse is still alive and well — for Storybrooke is still a place where “happy endings” die.

    Coming from the creators and writers of the episode “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter,” Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis (both former writers of LOST), ONCE UPON A TIME took a page out of the LOST-playbook and killed off a beloved principal character. It was as if the one thing that we all dreaded the most has come back to haunt us – writers who dare to kill off characters. In the past decade, television has become more enamored with the idea of raising-the-stakes and making TV shows more unpredictable by killing key characters. Other shows have done it, but none more so and more heart-wrenchingly than LOST. It was a show that we all both loved and loathed for various reasons. But perhaps the greatest taboo that LOST ever broke was killing off beloved characters.

    Alas, the lesson was not learned and Horowitz and Kitsis have brought that particular storytelling device into their new series ONCE UPON A TIME. But this time, it may backfire even more spectacularly. They have vastly underestimated their audience – those that watched LOST are a much different audience than those that currently watch ONCE UPON A TIME. LOST was never a family-show, it was a sci-fi show cloaked in mystery and drama. ONCE UPON A TIME, however, is a show that thrives off of its ability to draw in family viewers. There is a reason it was given the plumb timeslot of 8 p.m. on Sunday nights – the traditional family hour of television – ONCE UPON A TIME promised a modern look at classic fairytales. It is based on the idea of a young boy who goes in search of his birth mother in order to bring her to a town where time has stood still and everyone there is a fairytale character unable to remember who they really. The concept alone is meant to target younger viewers (children) and parents. So when you kill off one of the heroes by Episode 7, there is going to be a backlash.

    If recent ratings are any indication, viewers have already become disenchanted. They were promised a story where happy-endings would become real again, but instead have suffered from a bait-and-switch: ONCE UPON A TIME is not giving us the “happy endings” we were hoping for.

    The first episode did reunite Henry with his birth mother Emma, and he was successful in convincing her to stay in Storybrooke giving them hope of breaking the curse. But by the second episode we discovered that each story comes with a dark silver-lining. In “The Thing You Love The Most,” we learned that the Evil Queen had to sacrifice her father as the price to pay for the curse she so desperately wanted. Then in “Snow Falls,” we saw that Regina had schemed to keep Snow White and Prince Charming apart for eternity by having a long-lost wife of John Doe surface just as he revived and was falling in love with Mary-Margaret. Then in “The Price of Gold,” we watched Emma cornered into giving Mr. Gold a promise of a future favor to save Ashley’s daughter and how in the fairy-world, Rumpelstitskin planned against a double-crossed by arranging to have Cinderella’s husband kidnapped. Then in “That Still Small Voice” episode, we learned the disastrous fate of the couple caught in the cross-fire of Jiminy Cricket’s plan to escape his parents and how he agreed to live as a cricket to be spared any future pain. Then in “The Shepherd,” Prince Charming was forced to make a deal to save his mother’s farm, but it meant he cannot see her anymore and became engaged to a woman he did not love – and in our world, John Doe remembered his former life in Storybrooke and returned to his wife, breaking Mary-Margaret’s heart.

    All of these episodes should have prepared us for yet another heart-breaking ending, but even as it happened before our eyes, we could not truly believe it. We never doubted that Regina would go to any lengths to preserve her “happily ever after” – but for her to kill Sheriff Graham felt devastating. As he died in Emma’s arms, our hearts broke. What was the point of introducing a character – a hero – that we could root for in both the real-world and the fairytale-world, and one which Emma could fall in love with, only to have him snatched away so suddenly?

    Is this truly what ONCE UPON A TIME has to offer us? Is it all about the unhappy-endings and never the happy-endings? At least with the television series GRIMM, we knew that the stories were supposed to be dark, twisted and perhaps there will be days that evil triumphs over good. But with ONCE UPON A TIME, we feel sucker-punched. Isn’t the show supposed to be about the return of happy-endings? If so, then why do all the episodes end with sad-endings? Will we find out in the end that the curse was but illusory and that they were all dead all along? Given the history of LOST — the very footsteps in which ONCE UPON A TIME seems to be following — it is not inconceivable. But is that what viewers signed up for? When we heard about a show offering a modern-spin on fairytales and offering a promise to find the lost “happy endings,” we all tuned-in. But now that viewers are finding out that we are only being offered “unhappy endings,” viewers are slowly tuning out. It is not the family-show of good-triumphing-over-evil that we signed up for — all ONCE UPON A TIME is really giving us is a world where evil delights in killing all that the relationships and people we love.

    Let’s not have a repeat of LOST where everyone dies in the end. We do not enjoy watching our heroes suffer. In ONCE UPON A TIME, they are already suffering and need to be rescued. It is time to see the promised “happy endings.” ONCE UPON A TIME should not be a sequel to LOST wrapped in sheep’s clothing. Be original, be bold, be the fairytale that everyone wants it to be. Give us a “happy ending.” (R.I.P Sheriff Graham – we are going to miss you terribly!)

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    Sunday Final Ratings: No Adjustments for 'Once Upon A Time' + Giants/Cowboys & Unscrambled CBS



    Written By Robert Seidman

    December 13th, 2011


    Written By Robert Seidman

    December 13th, 2011

    Other than the unscrambling of all CBS shows and the Giants/Cowboys game, there were no adjustments with adults 18-49 ratings for original episodes compared to Sunday's preliminary ratings.

    Sunday's Final Broadcast Ratings:
    Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
    7:00 CBS NFL Overrun 7.2/22 20.79
    ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 1.6/4 7.23
    FOX Bob's Burgers (R) 0.7/2 1.66

    7:30 NBC Football Night in America Pt 2 3.0/8 8.23
    FOX The Cleveland Show (R) 1.8/5 4.22

    8:00 NBC Football Night in America Pt 3 4.9/13 13.25
    CBS 60 Minutes 7:42-8:42p 3.0/8 14.74
    FOX The Simpsons 3.0/7 6.43
    ABC Once Upon A Time 2.9/7 8.92

    8:30 NBC Sunday Night Football: Giants at Cowboys 8:30-11:54p 9.4/23 24.52
    FOX The Cleveland Show 2.3/5 5.07

    9:00 FOX Family Guy 3.1/7 6.10
    CBS The Amazing Race 8:42-9:42p 3.3/7 11.72
    ABC Charlie & The Chocolate Factory 9-11[ (R) 1.3/3 3.67

    9:30 FOX American Dad 2.5/6 5.00

    10:00 CBS The Good Wife 9:42-10:42p 2.2/5 11.56

    CBS CSI: Miami 10:42-11:42 2.1/6 10.16

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    ‘Once Upon A Time’ The Huntsman became the Hunted



    Tiffany Tchobanian, Once Upon a Time Examiner

    This week’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” left fans wanting more as we watched how Snow White’s Huntsman with a conscience stayed true to his heart, even when he had lost it.

    Fairytale: The Hunter who cries over his kills

    While Snow White grieves over her father’s death, her step-mother, the Evil Queen, plots her revenge. In the privacy of her chambers, she confesses to killing her husband and insists that Snow White’s “demise must be handled with care,” just like the king’s murder. With caution in mind, she sets out to find the perfect assassin.

    The Huntsman’s reputation precedes him; he is a skilled killer with seemingly no heart, yet he cries over his kills. He was raised by wolves after being abandoned by his parents and although he kills animals, he holds them in high regard for they are “pure of heart” (the guy even thanks a dead deer for being his meal- seriously, what’s ruthless about that?).

    This week’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” left fans wanting more as we watched how Snow White’s Huntsman with a conscience stayed true to his heart, even when he had lost it.

    Fairytale: The Hunter who cries over his kills

    While Snow White grieves over her father’s death, her step-mother, the Evil Queen, plots her revenge. In the privacy of her chambers, she confesses to killing her husband and insists that Snow White’s “demise must be handled with care,” just like the king’s murder. With caution in mind, she sets out to find the perfect assassin.

    The Huntsman’s reputation precedes him; he is a skilled killer with seemingly no heart, yet he cries over his kills. He was raised by wolves after being abandoned by his parents and although he kills animals, he holds them in high regard for they are “pure of heart” (the guy even thanks a dead deer for being his meal- seriously, what’s ruthless about that?).
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    Naturally, EQ thinks he’s perfect for the job; she commands him to kill Snow White and bring back her heart. He escorts SW through the woods disguised as a knight, but our smart Snow can see through his poor charade. Before he kills her, she hands him a letter to give to the Queen. After reading her kindhearted note urging the Queen to rule with compassion and seeing this murder as a sacrifice for her kingdom rather than an act of vengeance, the Huntsman lets Snow go.

    He returns to EQ with the letter, a heart and a question- why does she want Snow dead? Apparently Snow White did not keep the Evil Queen’s secret and it cost her big time (hopefully we will learn what the secret is and what it cost soon after the show returns in January). Unmoved by SW’s letter, EQ takes the heart to store in her wall of heart deposit boxes, but the door doesn’t open. Knowing it is not Snow’s heart the Queen turns on the Huntsman for disobeying her orders. She literally rips his heart out of his chest, with it beating in her grasp she tells him, “Your life is in my hands forever.”

    Storybrooke: “Nothing is better than what we have.”

    It all begins with a kiss. Once again Emma plays a pivotal role in breaking the curse because when Sheriff Graham plants one on her, he sees flashbacks of his fairytale past along with a friendly red and black-eyed wolf. He freaks out and starts reaching out to people for answers.

    He first runs to Regina and kisses her to see if it jogs any memories, but it doesn’t. Then he sees Mr. Gold, who explains how dreams can be memories of a past life. Which prompts a visit to Mary; he explains seeing her in a memory-like vision and insists how strange it is that they never remember actually meeting each other in Storybrooke. She simply thinks he is feverish and needs to rest because he is talking like Henry. Finally he meets with Henry, as they go through the story book everything starts making sense and Graham knows he was the Huntsman.

    According to the tale, Graham thinks he must find his hidden heart in order to feel again. He and Emma follow the wolf and find a crypt in the cemetery that matches a picture in the story book. As fate would have it, the tomb belongs to Henry Mills and Regina happens to be paying her late father a visit, conveniently catching Emma and Graham as they search the crypt.

    When Regina confronts them, he tells her about his change of heart. Graham confesses that he feels nothing for her and now realizes that it is Regina who makes him feel so empty. He dumps her, so that he can finally think clearly for himself. Regina then turns on Emma for taking away everything she holds dear, but Emma suggests she “take a look in the mirror” because Regina is driving everyone away. A lady throw-down ensues until Graham quickly breaks it up and walks away with Emma.

    Later at the police station, while Graham tends to Emma’s wound, we see Regina opening her father’s coffin to reveal a secret level beneath the tomb. Her wall of heart deposit boxes is still in tact; she takes out Graham’s heart and watches the final beats. Emma kisses Graham and a tear rolls down his cheek as he remembers everything clearly from his haunting past life. As he leans in to kiss Emma back, Regina crushes his heart, pulverizing it to dust, causing him to shockingly die in Emma’s arms.

    What did you think of the episode? Were you surprised by the big reveals or did you see them coming? What do you think Snow did to the Queen? How did the Queen kill Snow’s father? Will we ever see the Sheriff again? What happens when someone dies in Storybrooke? Share your thoughts below!

    Don’t fear! You haven’t seen the last of Jamie Dornan’s Huntsman. In an interview with E!Online’s Tierney Bricker, he had this to say about a possible return: “Yeah, that's been discussed definitely. I mean, my fairy-tale character doesn't die, so there's always that option. There's so much that can happen.”

    Highlights:

    Love the transitions through their eyes going from Fairytale to Storybrooke.

    Jamie Dornan nailed the gently tearful man-cry in this episode – well done!

    Mr. Gold didn’t seem so evil when he helped Graham realize he was having memories, not random visions or daydreams – maybe Rumpy wants to get back to his fairytale life.

    Hate Mary’s one night stand with Dr. Whale – it better not turn into anything more – Ew!



    New episodes return Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 8pm on ABC.

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