Bummer! Guess we’re never going to know how V’s dramatic cliffhanger—in which Anna blissed out the human race—is going to turn out. In a flurry of programming activity, ABC canceled V, but picked up modern fairy tale Once Upon a Time and The River for their 2011-2012 television season.
In Once Upon a Time, House’s Jennifer Morrison stars as Emma, a woman with a troubled past, who is drawn to a small Maine town called Storybrooke by the son she gave up years before. Her son, Henry, is 10-years-old and believes in fairytales. In fact, he believes his mother is the missing daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White, and that she was sent away to an alternate world to protect her from the Evil Queen. As Emma begins to investigate Storybrook, she discovers that the world of fairytales and modern day are about to collide. Lost’s Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis created the series, which also stars Stargate Universe’s Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin.
As for the other genre pickup, The River, it’s not often you get something a major network is willing to bill as a horror story. In the series, when a TV explorer (Star Trek’s Bruce Greenwood) goes missing in the Amazon with his crew, his wife and son set off down the enormous river in a vessel called The Magus to find out what happened to him. However, in their search for answers they discover a place where powerful magic is as real as science. 24’s Leslie Hope and The Dresden Files’ Paul Blackthorne also star in this series from the creators of Paranormal Activity, DreamWorks and Michael Green (Kings).