Just days before launching the back half of Season 5, ABC’s
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Series co-creator Adam Horowitz, as he did last year, announced the pick-up news via Twitter on Thursday afternoon:
Thrilled to announce that #OnceUponATime has been picked up for season 6! Thank you ABC and thank you to the most extraordinary fans ever!
— Adam Horowitz (@AdamHorowitzLA) March 3, 2016
TVLine’s hand-carved Renewal Scorecard has thusly been updated.
Interestingly, the early renewal announcement comes barely two weeks after ABC shook up its upper management, replacing entertainment chief Paul Lee with Channing Dungey.
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Season-to-date, the fantastical drama series — which starting Sunday is heading to the Underworld — is averaging 5 million weekly viewers and a 1.6 demo rating, down about 25 percent from its Season 4 cycle. With Live+7 DVR playback, those numbers grow to 7.3 mil/2.6, ranking sixth and fifth among ABC’s dramas.
is currently casting the recurring roles of two sparring brothers, to debut at season’s end and continue on into Season 6.
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Great, but enough with the memory curses and the half-season new characters no one cares about.
Perhaps, Final Season??? Please let the show go out on somewhat of a high note!!! I love OUAT but if the ratings continue to dwindle, please don’t let it go beyond season 6. Thank you.
This better be a final season,5mill and a 1.6 aren’t great numbers.Even with live +7 it’s only decent.
More like 3 million since that’s what 5A finale was. Can’t imagine the ratings will get any better with the upcoming crap arc.
5A finale did 4.6 mil and a 1.3 (in Live+SD), down 18 and 24 percent from 4A finale.
Amazing news. I think 5B will be amazeballs really. Season 4 felt a bit wonky but I think its coming together very nicely.
Captain Swan is interesting and Regina and Henry are perfect.
Only thing is for Robin to be more and for Snow to get her mojo back. Maybe with season 6 that will happen when Ginny and Josh stop popping out kids all the time…
Love the show but this should really be the final season. Give them notice and have them tie up all the loose ends: Lily & Maleficent, Merida, Red, Mulan… I’d rather have a good final season and finish on a high note.
I was surprised at the early announcement. I wonder if later in the year we might find out that season 6 might be their last? It would give them a chance to work toward an ending while knowing it will be their last season.
So very, very pleased. Really sick of things getting cancelled.
They should do a shortened season, wrap up the show, and be done with it. So many of the actors on the show are better than the material they’re given.
There have been people on this board hoping for the demise of this show since I think Season 2. It must be terribly frustrating to be wrong for so many years. Long live Regina.
“What are you hopes and wishes for Once‘s sixth season?”
That it gets back to what made it great in S1& most of S2 – bringing these fairy tale characters and their stories to life. Gotten sooo far off track. 6th should probably be its last.
1. That the Charmings (Snow and David) get their mojo back. Last time I watched, they were just arguing and boring. 2. Rumple back as the dark one & be done with Dark Emma and this underworld business
3. Aladdin, Jasmine, Agrabah – MUST happen
5 Stop the focus from being all about the hookups/ships and get back to real story telling.
6 The return of Red, the Huntsman, August, Jiminy and other great characters who have been woefully ignored
Those are my honest hopes and wishes for a “happy ending” to OUAT. I know I will probably catch h – e – double hockey sticks but…there you have it.
interesting that ABC chooses to renew this before other shows.
It’s not that ABC hasn’t renewed other shows, it’s that the creator took to Twitter to announce the renewal of the series before any media outlets. Chances are there are a few other renewals on their way today in addition to OUAT. However, something like Grey’s Anatomy are probably still working out contract renewals with the original cast before renewing anything.
Thrilled it’s renewed. Hoping that they bring in fewer outside characters for season 6; 5A really was too much, so hard to keep track of them all and all that was going on. I would love if the focus returned to the core characters. And please, no more Zelena!
This just made my day week and year love ouat❤💙💕
This announcement did not say final season… I don’t understand people that say “let this be the last.” Don’t watch. But leave me to my escapism. I love this show, new 1/2 season characters and all.
My hope for season 6 is somehow to get the feeling of S1 and S2 back. Those were its best seasons, IMO, especially season 1. I would like to see more focus on family. I would like to have more of Rumple and Belle and Snow and Charming. I don’t think the romances that have come since have had quite the same impact on me as those two did. I think Emma and Neal had the potential for me to get invested in them, especially with the familiar connection to the other characters. I like family stuff, which is part of the reason I got invested in the show in the first place. If there was a way to bring Neal back that would be great. I think the show has suffered since his death. This is just my opinion. I understand that others might feel differently.
I totally agree with you which is why I stopped watching at the end of S3. No comment on the renewal…I just wanted you to know that you weren’t alone in missing Neal or feeling that S1 &2 were the best seasons.
For the next season they should get Aladdin and Jasmine and bring Jafar from Wonderland.
How come ABC didn’t mention that the upcoming season of OUAT is going to be its last?
They may wait til May for that or maybe they’re not planning on s6 being the last(show runners want 7sand depending onOnces ratings & abc overall next season,it could get s7).
Because they have not made such a decision! Man people, Grey’s is on 13, we can get OUAT to the 7 the showrunners want.
Just make us Castle fans happy too.
I think next season they shouldn’t introduce new characters and just have the characters they already have just have more screen time. There is a lot of unfinished character arcs, such as Lily, which isn’t the writers fault because she was pregnant, so maybe deal with her and her mum, and Ruby, Mulan and so on.
I love The Goldbergs, so happy it was renewed! Now they can do that Halloween Thriller episode Adam Goldberg wanted to do last year!
In addition to the main characters, I enjoy seeing new characters come on board ( whether for a split second or half a season) because it keeps the show suspenseful.
I hope this will NOT be the final season. The show just need more advertising to activate the fan base. People are so caught up in the fake reality TV shows that they can’t appreciate the talent of real art when it’s being displayed. A HUGE Thank you to the writer’s of Once Upon A Time and ABC for bringing a great (non-reality TV show back). Looking forward to this Sunday! 😊
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