Entertainment: Beyond “Happily Ever After”

So I have been rather addicted to this series: “Once Upon a Time”. The irony is that although a fair number of my friends have insisted I should start watching it because it would be a series I would enjoy I made a point of not watching it for that same reason. Well that and the fact that I don’t always have the time to watch television shows anymore.

But then I started watching some time during the first half of Season Three when the characters went to Neverland and I was hooked (heh, Hook… Neverland… get it?). So I purchased the first two seasons of the series and got myself caught up and lo and behold I was definitely on the bandwagon.

I don’t know why I didn’t watch this series sooner… it took all the “happily ever afters” and turned them on their heads. It took all of the beloved fairytales and found ways to integrate them amongst one another from Snow White to Sleeping Beauty, from Pinocchio to Rumpelstiltskin, etc.

There were some ties in between various fairytales that were rather ingenious and inspiring that one can’t help but wonder why did it not happen before? I suppose in a lot of ways we’ll never know.

And now in the second half of the third season the core cast has been integrated with the Wicked Witch of the West… except that is the only integration. Oz appears primarily in flashbacks from the Wicked Witch’s point of view and Glinda the Good Witch makes a couple of appearances, but that’s about all. Which is too bad because I was hoping for some more…

Then again… this kind of popped up on my Facebook News Feed over a month ago. From the Disney ABC Careers, they are taking applications for writers on their current and / or new programs… Now isn’t this tempting.

And if you are unable to read the link the content is essentially:

This year’s application process will be different from previous years. In addition to your application, submissions must include TWO writing samples:
1) An original pilot script that captures your unique tone, style and point of view, and
2) A spec script for a cable or broadcast series airing during the 2013-14 television season.

We advise you to select a series that is well-established in at least its second season. This second sample should demonstrate your ability to adapt to an existing format while at the same time infusing your unique point of view and sensibility. Both samples MUST be live-action content. We do not accept animation samples.

The application will be posted on our website May 5-June 13, 2014. So, like we said before…WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!

Yup, definitely tempting. Now while I do have scripts on in the fire, I don’t really have anything that would work as a pilot let alone spec script and I definitely turned in my “fanfiction development” hat in over a decade ago. Still some of my other writing projects could work for what they are looking for, something different and would have an audience.

But who knows. Still a thought, and definitely a thought worth looking into down the road… if not right this instant.

Ironically… I went from talking about “Once Upon a Time” to an application for a writing career… what the hell am I thinking of?

Ah well.

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