Channel 5 Drops ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time’

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Say goodbye to Storybrooke. Executives at Channel 5 have decided not to pick up the third season of ABC’s drama series Once Upon A Time from international distributor Disney Media Distribution, TVWise has confirmed.

Created by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, Once Upon A Time revolves around Emma Swan, a bail bonds person who has been fending for herself since she was abandoned as a baby. Everything changes for Emma when Henry, the son she gave up a decade ago, finds her. Now 10 years old, Henry needs his mothers help, he believes that she comes from an alternate world and is in fact the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. According to his book of fairy tales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen’s curse, which trapped the characters of the fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is about to begin. For good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell. The drama series stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Eion Bailey, Jared Gilmore, Raphael Sbarge, Jamie Dornan and Robert Carlyle.

The move to drop Once Upon A Time, which leaves the series without a UK broadcaster, comes after Channel 5 acquired the series from Disney in 2012 with the show’s first season launching on the channel in April 2012 and the second season having recently completed its run. The decision not to acquire further seasons is something of a surprise as, despite suffering a slight decline in the ratings, Once Upon A Time has been one of Channel 5’s top performing imports. With said decision, Once Upon A Time also becomes the latest acquisition to be dropped by Channel 5 following the broadcaster’s decision not to continue with fellow US series Parenthood and Californication.

TVWise’s Acquisitions Scorecard has been updated with this new information.