PREVIEW: ABC Sunday Night Soaps ONCE UPON A TIME, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES & PAN AM

Master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz invite you to brace yourself for a modern fairytale with thrilling twists and hints of darkness, brimming with wonder and filled with the magic of our most beloved stories, on the premiere of ONCE UPON A TIME, Sunday, October 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

And they lived happily ever after...or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She's a 28-year-old bail bondsperson who's been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when Henry -- the son she gave up years ago -- finds her, everything changes.

Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma's help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming's missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen's curse, which trapped the characters of fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world.

In the premiere episode, "Pilot," not believing a word of Henry's story, Emma brings him back to Storybrooke, but finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for him, she decides to stay for a while, but soon comes to suspect that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It's a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close...where fairytale characters are alive, even though they don't remember who they once were, and where the Evil Queen, known as Regina, is now Henry's foster mother. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, and for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.



ONCE UPON A TIME stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/John Doe and Raphael Sbarge as Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper.

Guest starring in "Pilot" are Jamie Dornan as Sheriff Graham, Lee Arenberg as Grumpy/Leroy, David-Paul Grove as Doc, Peter Bryant as jailer, Tony Amendola as Geppetto/Marco, Meghan Ory as Ruby/Red Riding Hood, Warren Christie as Ryan, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Darren Dolynski as nervous guard, Keith Dallas as cabbie, Tom Pickett as bishop, Darla Fay as old woman, James Bamford as Black Knight and Keegan Connor Tracy as Blue Fairy.

"Pilot" was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Mark Mylod.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES follows (9:00-10:01 p.m. ET) with an all-new episode, "The Art of Making Art."

Susan is mortified but tries her best to comply when her art teacher, Andre Zeller (Miguel Ferrer), asks the students to show up to class in the nude in order to help them create from a point of honesty.

Bree serves up some delicious, homemade soup for the homeless at the local shelter, but ends up enticing the local hipsters and pushing out those in need.

Gaby finds herself without a staff to help set up a school event when her lackadaisical approach to her new job as president of the PTA insults the parent volunteers.

Renee helps a reluctant Lynette get back into the dating pool by taking her to a singles bar.

Carlos finds himself hitting rock bottom when the guilt over murdering Gaby's stepfather begins to engulf him.



DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES stars Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Hodge, Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis, Vanessa Williams as Renee Perry, Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos Solis, Doug Savant as Tom Scavo, Jonathan Cake as Det. Chuck Vance, Charles Mesure as Ben Faulkner and Madison de la Garza as Juanita Solis, with Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young and James Denton as Mike Delfino.

Guest starring are Miguel Ferrer as Andre Zeller, Kevin Rahm as Lee McDermott, Randee Heller as Karen, Melissa Greenspan as Cindy, Lindsey Stoddart as Melissa, Jullian Armenante as Rachel, Frank Crim as Donnie, Eli Bildner as hipster, Kurt Cole as young guy, Richard Ruccolo as Scott, Angela E. Gibbs as city councilman, Becky Wu as Amy, Dakin Matthews as Reverend Sykes, Brian Michael Jones as guy, Daran Norris as Phil and Bill Coelius as Damon.

"The Art of Making Art" was written by Dave Flebotte and directed by Lonny Price.

ABC's retro Sunday night soap, PAN AM, will air an all new episode (10:01-11:00 p.m.), "One Coin in a Fountain."

The Pan Am crew rolls the dice in more ways than one in glamorous Monte Carlo: Kate and Maggie square off for the attentions of a handsome passenger (guest star Goran Visnjic), but things get more complicated when Kate learns the sexy stranger is involved in her next covert mission; and Dean gambles with his career when an attractive, wealthy woman (guest star Erin Cummings) on the flight tempts him -- and he later discovers who her flying companion is.

Passion, adventure and espionage... They experienced it all - and they experienced it at 30,000 feet. The style of the 1960s, the energy and excitement of the Jet Age and a drama full of sexy entanglements deliciously mesh in, "Pan Am." Welcome to the Jet Age. It's 1963. The world is poised on the brink of a cultural revolution, and everywhere change is in the air. In this modern world, air travel represents the height of luxury, and Pan Am is the biggest name in the business. The planes are sleek and glamorous, the pilots are rock stars, and the stewardesses are the most desirable women in the world. Not only are these flyboys and girls young and good looking, but to represent Pan Am they also have to be educated, cultured and refined. They're trained to handle everything from in-air emergencies to unwanted advances - all without rumpling their pristine uniforms or mussing their hair. These pre-feminist women form a powerful sisterhood, as they enjoy the rare opportunity to travel outside the country -- something most women in this age can only aspire to - and one of the few career options that offers them empowerment and respect.



PAN AM stars Christina Ricci as Maggie, Margot Robbie as Laura, Michael Mosley as Ted, Mike Vogel as Dean, Karine Vanasse as Colette, and Kelli Garner as Kate.

Guest starring are Goran Visnjic as Niko Lonza, Erin Cummings as Ginny, Scott Cohen as Everett Henson, David Harbour as Roger Anderson, Jon Fletcher as Murphy and Alexander Blaise as Philippe.

"One Coin in a Fountain" was written by Lydia Woodward. Andrew Bernstein directed.

Fans of PAN AM will be able to submit questions and receive real-time responses from Erin Cummings, who plays Ginny Saddler. She will be up on Twitter at @ErinLCummings during both the East and West Coast broadcasts of the show from 10:01-11:00 p.m., ET/PT. She will also offer commentary on the exciting action taking place, as well as behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

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