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Naomi / August 17th, 2017

The news that Jennifer Morrison would not be returning for Season 7 of Once Upon a Time was pretty devastating for fans, especially fans of Emma’s relationship with Hook (Colin O’Donoghue). How is he supposed to go on without the love of his life?

Never fear, Captain Swan fans — Colin O’Donoghue is here to put your worries to rest.

“We saw at the end of last season, Hook and Emma got married and it was a happy beginning as they called it, and they are happy together,” O’Donoghue says. “That’s a definite, for the fans that are concerned about that; Hook and Emma are happy together. The Hook that we meet in Season 7 is different than that Hook, and we will address Hook and Emma I think around Episode 2 of the show.”

It’s still hard to make sense of how Hook’s story will continue without his wife, but at least we can rest easy knowing that there’s no breakup or deaths on the horizon to explain away her absence.

Beyond the mystery of what happens to that couple, there’s the exciting new mystery of what this new Hook will be like and where his story will go now that it doesn’t have to revolve around his romance with Emma.

“For me it was exciting,” O’Donoghue says of his new storyline. “Obviously we’ll miss the cast who aren’t returning, and the show is going to be very, very different without them. But equally, I’m as excited to get to work with like [Andrew J. West] or [Dania Ramirez] or [Gabrielle Anwar], so it’s kind of equally as exciting to do that.”

Once Upon a Time premieres Friday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c on ABC.

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Sheila / August 7th, 2017

The Rumple will not have fallen too far from the tree when Once Upon a Time‘s Season 7 “reset” arrives on Oct. 6 (now airing Fridays at 8/7c).

After holding court at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Sunday, Once co-creator Adam Horowitz told TVLine that just as the Evil Queen and Captain Hook (played by Lana Parrilla and Colin O’Donoghue) have been cursed with new personas in the Seattle neighborhood of Hyperion Heights, Robert Carlyle‘s Rumpelstiltskin will be a bit (though not entirely) different, too.

“He looks menacing, doesn’t he?” the EP said of the Comic-Con trailer‘s glimpse of Carlyle, seen above. “There’s always that element of menace and mystery, and [Carlyle’s character] is involved in many of the goings-on in this neighborhood in Seattle. It’s a lot of fun and it’s another layer and color for Bobby to play.”

During the actual panel Q&A, Parrilla shared that the Evil Queen’s Seattle persona isn’t even named Regina (which she said is “cool”) and that she is a bar owner who instead of pantsuits wears “denim and rock t-shirts.” Added the series vet, “It’s fun to be a part of something that’s constantly evolving.”

O’Donoghue meanwhile said that the pirate now known as uniformed Seattle policeman “Rogers” feels “a sense of loss, and he doesn’t know what it is, what’s missing” — other than, that is, the left hand the lawman is managing without. “He does not have his hand,” Horowitz confirms. “We do get into [why that is].”

Episode 2 of the new season will shed light on what became of Emma, to be played one more time in that episode by Jennifer Morrison, while Episode 4 (in which Emilie de Ravin guest-stars) will do same for Belle. “We know the characters inside and out, but [it’s like] we’re playing them for the first time,” said O’Donoghue, who hailed Season 7’s first four scripts as among the best he has seen.

Parrilla also revealed that Regina and Henry (now played by new series regular Andrew J. West) “reunite after many years in a flashback [and] she’s taken aback” to see his grown self for the first time. “He is no longer this little boy. How does she deal with him as a man?” When they cross paths in Hyperion Heights, however, mom and son will be strangers. “It’s cool and exciting [to play] an entirely different relationship,” said West.

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Sheila / August 7th, 2017

Once Upon a Time fans won’t be seeing the same versions of Captain Hook and Regina in the upcoming seventh season — and we finally have a better sense of who their beloved characters will be.

While it’s been previously teased that Hook and Regina will be different versions from what’s been established, returning stars Colin O’Donoghue and Lana Parrilla revealed spoiler-filled details at the summer Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday.

The new season will open in Seattle and another curse will have struck the characters, leading O’Donoghue and Parrilla to play new iterations of their fictional alter egos.

“He is a uniformed cop in Seattle,” O’Donoghue said, confirming what’s been teased in the first season seven teaser. “There’s a sense of loss there in the guy and he just doesn’t know what it is that’s missing. So he’s striving to find who he is still, yet trying to be the best uniformed cop that he can be and do things the right way. As is always the case on Once Upon a Time, it’s more complicated than that.”

But Parrilla’s character may be an even bigger departure from what viewers have been familiar with the past six seasons.

“I don’t think her name’s Regina and that’s cool,” Parrilla teased. “I’m no longer in pant suits, I’m in denim and rock T-shirts. When we meet her, she’s working in a bar. She’s a bar owner. She’s a little rough around the edges, not quite the queen that we’re used to. She has curly hair. She looks very different, she feels different. This one is like, ‘Her name’s not even Regina!’”

“She’s no longer in charge and we’ve always seen Regina in charge or try to be in charge, try to be in control, try to manipulate, and then she redeemed herself,” she continued. “But this Regina is something else and I’m having a blast playing her. I’m still discovering her. … It kind of feels like the pilot.”

Once Upon a Time co-creator and executive producer Eddy Kitsis echoed his sentiments from July, when he shared that the absences of Hook and Rumplestiltskin’s significant others will be explained early in the new season. (Kitsis also revealed that the idea for a reboot germinated around the fourth season and that they had a six-season plan.)

“Episode 2 is going to answer what has happened Emma and Hook,” Kitsis said. “Episode 4 will answer that question for Belle [and Rumple].”

O’Donoghue maintained that the new episodes will be worth the wait for loyal viewers of the show.

“Of the six seasons I’ve been in, I’ve been very, very lucky to play different variations of this one character so that’s one thing that I’m really excited this season that we’re shooting now — about exploring [him] in a completely different way,” he said. “I do have to say, the episodes [up to four] that we’ve read are, in all honesty, the best that I’ve read in any season so far. One of the episodes, I think, might be one of the best of any show I’ve [read]. It’s really, really fantastic.”

Once Upon a Time premieres Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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Sheila / August 6th, 2017

When “Once Upon a Time” returns to ABC this fall, the fairytale drama is going to look very different. At the end of the sixth season, series stars Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jared Gilmore, and Emilie de Ravin all exited, paving the way for new cast and characters.

“We were coming from ‘Lost’ so we thought of a five-year plan, and I think around Season 4 we wanted to write toward our own endpoint, and if the show was successful enough, or the network had interest, then we would reboot it,” executive producer Edward Kitsis says.

When “Once Upon a Time” first launched in 2011, the central story was that of Snow White (Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Dallas) and the daughter they saved from a curse by pushing her through a magical portal to the real world. Years after that event, Emma (Morrison) had a child of her own, Henry (Gilmore), who came to find her to save the characters from his book from the curse. Now, though, the show will shift focus to put a similar twist on another classic Disney princess.

Henry is now the grown-up (played by Andrew J. West) getting a knock on his door from his child, Lucy (Allison Hernandez), who needs help to save beloved characters, including her mother, Cinderella (Dania Ramirez). And with Cinderella of course comes a new ensemble that includes her evil stepmother (Gabrielle Anwar) and wicked stepsister (Adelaide Kane).

“Henry has found himself in a new book with new characters, and he’s called on some of his friends like Captain Hook and Rumplestiltskin and his mom, the Evil Queen, to join him,” Kitsis says.

That means that Lana Parrilla, Colin O’Donoghue, and Robert Carlyle are back for season seven, but in a new way — and also a new location in Seattle from the small, fictional town of Storybrooke.

“It’s a mix of characters the audience has grown to love over the years but also bring in new characters and be able to tell new origin stories,” executive producer Adam Horowitz says. “With the new stories we’re not so beholden to that old mythology. Hopefully it will be refreshing for the audience to come in and start with new chapters.”

However, neither Horowitz nor Kitsis is looking to undo or rewrite any of the histories or happy endings of the characters the audience came to know and love in the first six seasons. And they promise long-time viewers of the show will get answers as to what happened to some of the partners of characters that are still on the show.

“Episode two is going to answer what has happened with Emma and Captain Hook, and episode four is going to answer for Belle,” Kitsis says.

When the show picks up with Hook minus the love of his life, he is very different from the other versions of the character O’Donoghue has played. “There’s a sense of loss there in the guy that I like to think he just doesn’t know what it is, what’s missing. So he’s striving to find who he is still. The Hook that we meet is trying to be the best uniform cop that he can be, but as is always the case on ‘Once Upon a Time,’ it’s more complicated than that!” O’Donoghue says.

Similarly, without the love of Regina’s life — her son Henry — she will be very different as well, from her look to her attitude. Going by a new name which producers and Parrilla aren’t ready to reveal just yet, the character is now a bar owner who lives in denim and rock tee-shirts instead of pantsuits. “She’s a little rough around the edges, not the queen that we’re used to. She has curly hair, she looks very different — she feels very different,” Parrilla says.

Her relationship with her son is also very different because she has not seen Henry at all as a man, only as a teenager years ago. Parrilla says she’s “taken aback” by seeing him grown and the journey, especially in the first few episodes, is in finding the relationship at all — much like how Emma had to find a relationship with her parents in the early days of the show. “He’s a man now and how does she deal with him as a man?” Parrilla says.

Horowitz says that even with all of the changes, the core of the show being centered on hope and characters wanting to build better lives is still intact. And of course the “epic romance” that comes with fairytale couples has to be a core staple, too. While Snow and Charming gave the audience that in season one, and later seasons introduced Emma and Hook, this time around the couple Horowitz and Kitsis hope viewers fall in love with is Henry and Cinderella.

“This year we’re showing you how they met, how they fell in love, and whether or not they’ll find each other in Seattle,” Kitsis says.

There is a figurative magic in such romance, but Horowitz and Kitsis say the show is dialing back the literal magic in the present day story on the show. “In the pilot there was a stopped clock that ticked at the end and that was [a little bit of magic],” Horowitz says. “We’re returning to that modality where in the real world we’re aiming to tell really grounded, emotional, human stories and then contrast that with the magic of the fairytale world.”

“Once Upon a Time” returns to ABC on Sunday, October 6.

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Sheila / July 25th, 2017

After six seasons of fairy-tale drama, ABC’s Once Upon a Time is turning the page on Storybrooke, and the show’s stars have offered a few hints at what’s next.

Speaking to EW at Comic-Con this weekend, Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen/Regina Mills) said season 7 will be at once familiar and unique.

“It’s a similar formula,” she said. “We still have our flashbacks, and in our flashbacks we’ll see these characters and we’ll learn how they came into this new world. The new world, it’s a different location than Storybrooke; it’s actually called Hyperion Heights, and it’s in Seattle. So we’re in a city, we’re in a bigger city. We’re not in a tiny little suburb like we were before.”

Costar Andrew West chimed in to tease that the urban setting will shift the tone of the series, and Parrilla added that the aesthetics will change as well.

“I know for myself as Regina, I was always in these pantsuits and my hair was perfect, and I just looked a certain way,” she said. “Now this new Regina is very different. I’m out of pantsuits and into denim. So it’s cool, it’s fun, it’s different.”

As Colin O’Donoghue put it, “It feels the same, in an entirely different way.”

Watch the video above for more. Once Upon a Time returns Oct. 6 on ABC.

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Sheila / July 25th, 2017

Change is coming to Once Upon a Time. That’s no secret. But who knew the reverberations of the revamp would be felt even in Regina Mills’ fabulously fierce wardrobe?

As the ABC fairy tale fantasy undergoes a major transformation heading into its seventh season, shedding much of its core cast while welcoming a handful of new faces, it appears our erstwhile Evil Queen will be keeping things decidedly more casual when we finally check back in with her.

“Let’s just say: Regina’s no longer wearing pantsuits,” Lana Parrilla admitted as she and her co-stars stopped by for a chat with E! News following their very revealing panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. “Now, Lana is today, but Regina no longer wears pantsuits. She’s in jeans, which is—I don’t think she’s ever worn jeans. Ever. A more down-to-earth, been there-seen it all-done it, which is a really cool, different take on the character.”

And Parrilla’s hardly the only one getting an updated wardrobe in the new season. As eagle-eyed fans observed when the first trailer made its debut at the end of the show’s SDCC panel, Colin O’Donoghue‘s Hook has traded in his pirate garb for some police blues. “It’s very nice, very blue. That’s about all I can say about it,” the actor told us, playing coy.

However, he did open up on the major cast shake-up at the end of season six, ensuring fans that just because Jennifer Morrison would no longer be on the series—when she announced her departure from the series, she did promise to return for one final episode in season seven—there wasn’t cause for concern for Hook and Emma, who finally tied the knot in the show’s blockbuster musical episode this spring.

Parrilla and O’Donoghue, along with fellow mainstay Robert Carlyle, are in the unique position of getting to reinvent their characters while the show they’ve starred on for the last six years reinvents itself as well. They’ll be joined by new series regulars Gabrielle Anwar, Dania Ramirez, Andrew J. West (as an adult Henry Mills!) and Alison Fernandez, along with some new recurring players, including Adelaide Kane, Mekia Cox and Rose Reynolds. While some diehard fans of the series may still be skeptical about the changes, Parrilla and O’Donoghue are welcoming their new world order with open arms.

“It feels like a new show working with old friends. And new friends. It’s been fun,” Parrilla told us. “I really enjoy it. Every day is a new adventure, getting to learn about each other and getting to learn about our new-ish characters and this new world that we’re living in. It’s fun.”

“Lana and I were talking about it after the read-through. We were just saying, It almost feels like we’re doing a pilot,” O’Donoghue added. “Only half the people worked on a show, you know what I mean? Even the crew and all that. It just feels like it’s a whole new thing, which is great.”

And about those fans still on the fence, O’Donoghue has a message for them. “I would say to the fans to remember that Eddy [Kitsis] and Adam [Horowitz] created the show that they fell in love with in the first place and to trust in them that they’re going to do the same with this new season with some characters that they know and love already, but with new characters who they can completely invest in again. And that it’s the same people there, 100 percent behind it, wanting it to be the best that it can be.”

For Anwar, the message is a bit more simple: “Believe!”

To hear more from the cast, be sure to check out the videos above.

Are you ready to follow the cast’s lead and believe in season seven? Sound off in the comments below!

Once Upon a Time returns on a new night and time, Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on ABC

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Naomi / May 29th, 2017

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Naomi / May 15th, 2017

TVLINE | You obviously worked a lot over the years with Colin [O’Donoghue, as Hook]. What was his reaction to your decision to leave, what kind of support did you get?
Colin and I are good friends and will always be good friends. He knows me like a family member, so he was sad, because obviously we work well together and we enjoy our time on set together. But the other side of that is he cares about me as a person and he knew it was the right thing for my life. He was very supportive about that.

TVLINE | Looking back, do you have any favorite seasons or storylines?
I loved the Dark Swan storyline, the idea of being able to stretch Emma in different ways and explore the darker side of her. And I also love that ultimately they still stayed true to the Savior that was within her. That she is who she is, and you can’t take away that fate. That no matter what she went through and no matter how far she pushed the limits, ultimately within her was this fate as the Savior. I thought they did an amazing job of giving that character a chance to spread her wings and be completely different in certain ways but also keep her true to the core of her being. Her intentions and her desires were actually well-intended, even though she was going about it in maybe not the most productive way. [Laughs]

I have loved so many of the storylines over the years. I loved the Back to the Future stuff that I did with Colin [in the Season 3 finale]. Once Upon Time Back FutureI loved the musical episode [on May 7]; I was so happy that I got to be a part of that and I felt as if it was a very beautiful wrap-up of who Emma has become. It was a chance to really see her go from that ugly duckling to a swan, in that song she has [“Emma’s Theme”] in the mayor’s office. It was also a chance to see her completely unguarded and absolutely in love and vulnerable with Hook at the wedding. She was full of joy and not worrying about the next monster or crisis, just absolutely deciding to be in the moment and alive and free and happy. And she was willing to do that knowing that she’s about to face something really difficult. She had the courage to say, “You know what? It’s OK to be in the moment. We’re going to find a way through and it’s going to be OK.” To see her in that place after how far she has come…. It’s hard to imagine, when you watch her in the pilot, being someone who could grow to that place. I love that I got to take her on such an incredible journey.

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Colin O’Donoghue is an Irish actor/musician. He was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland on January 26th, 1981. He is best known for his role as Captain Hook in Once Upon a Time and his role as Michael Kovak in the Rite.

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