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Liz Tigelaar is a writer and co-executive producer for the first season of ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Tigelaar was born October 4, 1975 in U.S. She was adopted as a child, something that has influenced her work on Life Unexpected.

Tigelaar, in 2000, was an assistant on the series Dawson's Creek and co-wrote her first episode with Holly Henderson, the third-season episode "Show Me Love". Tigelaar also co-wrote with Holly Henderson two novels in the Dawson's Creek Suspense Trilogy, a series of novel based on the characters from the TV series.

From 2001–2002, Tigelaar was an assistant to executive producer on the series Once and Again. Tigelaar became a writer for the series American Dreams in 2002 and wrote two books based on the series in 2004. Tigelaar also wrote three episodes of the animated television series Totally Spies! from 2001–2002.

Tigelaar was an associate producer on the 2006 comedy-drama film Stick It, about gymnasts.

During this time, Tigelaar wrote for many shows including Kyle XY, What About Brian, Side Order of Life, Brothers & Sisters and Dirty Sexy Money.

In January 2009, it was announced that Tigelaar was developing a new drama series under the title Light Years for The CW.

Tigelaar has received much praise for her work on Life Unexpected. A review in the Los Angeles Times called Tigelaar's writing smart and insightful. Similarly, Randee Dawn, from The Hollywood Reporter stated that Tigelaar "has a delicate, spot-on feel for dialogue." The Futon Critic's Brian Ford Sullivan singled out Tigelaar, as well as director Gary Fleder, in Life Unexpected for adeptly exploring Lux's perceived lack of love in her life.

Tigelaar was also a consulting producer on the 2009 series of Melrose Place, an updated version of the 1990s FOX prime time drama of the same name and wrote the series second episode, "Nightingale".

In 2010, the first novel of Tigelaar's book series, PrettyTOUGH, was developed into a webseries by Vuguru.

In June 2011, Tigelaar began a development deal with ABC Studios and stated that she already had some things in mind.



Co-Executive Producer

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