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ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ to End After Season 7

Fairy Tale Drama Lost Significant Steam After Moving to Friday

ABC fairy tale drama “Once Upon a Time,” which debuted on Oct. 23, 2011, will officially conclude after this current seventh season. The series, which suffered double-digit rating loses after moving to Friday this fall, was originally set to end last spring, following the exit of original stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison and Josh Dallas. However, the showrunners had the idea to reboot their fairy tales in the same vein as Marvel, showcasing actors like Alison Fernandez, Dania Ramirez and Gabrielle Anwar.

“When we first heard Adam and Eddy’s pitch for ‘Once Upon a Time,’ we knew it was something incredibly special. For seven years, they have captivated us with their creativity and passion while re-imagining some of our most beloved Disney fairytales, creating an undeniable global hit. Saying goodbye will be bittersweet, but ‘Once Upon a Time’ will forever be part of the ABC legacy and we can’t wait for fans to join us in this epic final chapter,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.

Created by Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, “Once Upon a Time” told the story of the real world and classic fairy tales coming together with one special girl caught in the middle. The show starred Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White, Lana Parilla as the Evil Queen, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills, Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin, Colin O’Donoghue as Captain Hook and Emilie de Ravin as Belle.