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‘Once Upon a Time’ Renewed for Season 7 at ABC

Variety logo Variety 5/11/2017 Joe Otterson
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Once Upon a Time” has been renewed for Season 7 at ABCVariety has learned.

The series takes place in the fictional town of Storybrooke, Maine, which is populated with fairytale characters once cursed by the Evil Queen Regina to live in our world, deprived of their memories and happy endings. All that changed, however, with the arrival of Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.

Morrison recently announced that Season 6 would be her last on the series. It stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Rebecca Mader as Wicked Witch/Zelena, and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.

The series is said to be undergoing a major reboot in Season 7, which will focus on new cast members “Walking Dead” alum Andrew J. West and Alison Fernandez given Morrison’s departure. It is not known at this time how many of the original cast members will return for the new season.

Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz created the series in addition to serving as executive producers. Steve Pearlman, David H. Goodman, and Andrew Chambliss also executive produce. The series is produced by ABC Studios.

The series has seen a dramatic drop in live ratings over the course of its run, with Season 6 averaging a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.2 million total viewers, down approximately thirty percent in both measures from Season 5, which was itself down over 30% from Season 4, and so on.

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