once upon a time cast 'Once Upon a Time' EPs: No damsels in distress   'Snow White wields a sword'“Once Upon a Time” is the newest drama from ABC, brought to life by “Lost” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. They tell Zap2it that working on “Lost” is what helped them formulate the basis for their new show.

“The idea came about eight or nine years ago, Eddy and I were coming off working on ‘Felicity’ and we were talking about why we even like to tell stories,” says Horowitz. “This led to a discussion about fairytales and these stories that inspired us as kids and made us want to be writers in the first place.”

“How hard would it be to be the Evil Queen?” Kitsis continues. “You’re literally surrounded by all these people who get a happy ending. That was the kind of show we wanted to write, but we didn’t know how to tell it and I think our time on ‘Lost’ really focused us and helped us realize how to do such a big story. We wanted to do something that was unlike anything on TV.”

Speaking of “Lost,” when we asked what other fairytale characters we could look forward to, we were told the first “Lost” actor will be making an appearance on “Once Upon a Time” sometime this fall.

“Our first ‘Lost’ alum will be there – Alan Dale will be playing Prince Charming’s father,” says Horowitz. “Giancarlo Esposito will be playing the Magic Mirror and Jessy Schram from ‘Falling Skies’ will be playing Cinderella.”

Cinderella and Snow White are just a few of the storied “damsels” we have in store – but they aren’t going to be the typical damsels in distress.

“Adam and I really didn’t want to write damsels in distress. We didn’t think that was releveant for today or as interesting,” says Kitsis. “In our minds, Snow White wields a sword and is more of a bad a** than a damsel in distress.”

Finally, they tell us one of the big appeals of the show is the crossing over of fairytale characters that aren’t traditionally in the same stories.

“One of the things with the show we are most interested in exploring is the idea of mash-ups,” says Horowitz. “We love the idea of being able to criss-cross and mash-up across different stories. Maleficent from ‘Sleeping Beauty’ has a relationship with the Evil Queen from ‘Snow White.’ One of the fun things we had was writing an episode, which will be the second episode, is how do these two know each other.”

We can’t wait to find out. “Once Upon a Time” premieres Sunday night (Oct. 23) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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