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Jane Espenson Moves To ‘Once Upon A Time’

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Torchwood’ writer moving to a different type of fantasy


Jane Espenson proved she can make fantasy rock with her “Game of Thrones” episode “A Golden Crown.” But how can she do with the type of fantasy reserved for the Brothers Grimm?

The former “Caprica” showrunner will find out as she joins the new ABC drama “Once Upon a Time” as a co-executive producer.

The series, which stars “Star Trek’s” Jennifer Morrison and “Stargate: Universe’s” Robert Carlyle, brings a modern twist to the classic fairytales we’ve all grown up with. Set in Storybrooke, Maine, the town is actually a parallel world for the fairy tales, where the characters don’t remember their original identities or anything about their original lives.

Espenson has been extremely busy since she left “Caprica” midway through its first (and only) season. She was a writer in the highly anticipated fourth season of “Torchwood” when it comes to American cable channel Starz. She also participated in the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Motion Comic.”

But it’s “Game of Thrones” that has some people whispering possible Emmy nomination for Espenson. The very popular HBO series has lived up to its hype, building its audience almost every week, and already earning a second season.

In “A Golden Crown,” the main character of Eddard Stark (played by Sean Bean) issues a controversial proclamation with the king’s authority (but not really with the king’s knowledge) while a fallen prince looking for that golden crown sees his quest come to an end.

“Once Upon a Time” is scheduled for a fall premiere on ABC. It will air Sundays after “America’s Funniest Home Videos” in the former “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” slot. That show has moved to Fridays.

Espenson has a long genre record that includes “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Firefly” and “Dollhouse.”

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