Channel 5 Acquires ABC Studios’ Family Drama ‘Once Upon A Time’

6:52 AM PST 01/26/2012 by Mimi Turner
ABC

The U.K. network will air the fairytale series this spring.

LONDON – British network Channel 5 has picked up the ABC Studios drama Once Upon A Time, the Snow White-themed drama from Lost and Tron Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

Channel 5 has acquired first run free TV rights to the show, which will air here in the spring.

The fantasy drama follows the life of Emma Swan, a woman tracked down by her abandoned son because he believes she is the lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, and has been hidden in the modern world to protect her from the Evil Queen.

Although she initially rejects the approach from 10-year old Harry, when Swan travels back to his eerie New England home town of Storybrooke, she confronts a range of peculiar characters who also appear to have their origins in familiar fairytales. Starring Jennifer Morrison and Robert Carlyle, the show has already sold to over 190 territories.

“There’s no living happily ever after here – these are fairytales as you’ve never seen them before,” said Paul Fagan, Channel 5’s head of acquisitions. “Once Upon A Time is a magical and mysterious addition to our 2012 schedule on Channel 5.”

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