Once Upon a Time: Scoop on the storytelling format for season 2
Here’s some scoop on Once Upon a Time from this week’s (Posted on 8/28/12) Ask Ausiello column. It’s a little break down of the season two storytelling format.
Question: Okay, I’ll bite — what’s the big Lost-esque twist coming up on Once Upon a Time involving Mary Margaret and Emma? —Victoria
Ausiello: Remember how Lost would forever find new angles from which to tell a story? And you know how Once already uses flashbacks to the fairytale land that was? Well, you didn’t think they’d leave the narrative as linear as that, did you?
ABC’s storybook fantasy drama, Once Upon a Time, was a bit middle of the road last year as far as ratings. The show opened well, premiering to 12.93 million viewers, but the finale, typically the second highest or even highest rated episode of a TV season only managed 9.66 million viewers. That’s a rather large ratings gap and raises cause for concern.
ABC is banking on Once Upon a Time to pick up steam in its second season though. That’s why this year they’re going to change the storytelling format up a little bit. Per the scoop above, they went with the “Lost” flashback format last year, this year it sounds like things will change a bit.
The good news for Once Upon a Time, well besides having a great leading lady in Ginnifer Goodwin, the shows Live + DVR ratings averaged 12.47 million viewers an episode last year. In other words, the live numbers dipped throughout the season, but over one million viewers a week DVR’d the show and watch it later on in the week. That bolds well for Once Upon a Time.
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