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Sunday is season premiere of Once Upon a Time

Beverley Elliott (Red Riding Hood’s granny) has her makeup touched up Tuesday while shooting a scene for Once Upon a Time in Steveston.  - Martin van den Hemel photo
Beverley Elliott (Red Riding Hood’s granny) has her makeup touched up Tuesday while shooting a scene for Once Upon a Time in Steveston.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

Sunday night marks the return of Richmond’s favourite TV series, and early buzz from TV reviewers given an advance look is that it’s not one to be missed.

Once Upon a Time, the bulk of which is shot in Steveston, was an unexpected ratings winner on ABC when it debuted last year.

Created by the makers of the hit TV series Lost, the family-friendly fantasy series centres on fairy tale characters who, as a result of a powerful evil spell, forget who they are and where they came from.

Jared Gilmore plays the elementary-school aged Henry, the adopted son of the mayor of Storybrooke, Maine (actually Richmond, B.C.) and is one of the few who see through the spell, and spends the season trying to convince his biological mother and others about the truth.

Turns out Henry’s mom is the Evil Queen, and his real mom is the daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White.

Fold in fascinating characters such as Rumpelstiltskin, played brilliantly by Robert Carlyle, and the show was hitting most of the right buttons, judging from viewership numbers.

This year, joining Lost alum Alan Dale, who plays Prince Charming’s father, and Emilie de Ravin, as Rumpelstiltskin’s girlfriend, is Jorge Garcia, Hugo ‘Hurley’ Reyes, who is playing an as-yet unknown character.

This week, Josh Dallas (Prince Charming) was spotted in Steveston, along with North Vancouver’s Beverley Elliott (Red Riding Hood’s granny), and Meghan Ory (Red Riding Hood).

The season premiere (Sunday, CTV, 7 p.m.) picks up where last season’s finale ended, with the evil spell broken, and magic returning to the town of Storybrooke.

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