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  • “Once Upon a Time” co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have signed on as executive producers and showrunners for Apple’s upcoming reboot of “Amazing Stories,” Variety has learned.

    The news comes just days after “Once Upon a Time” aired its series finale on ABC after seven seasons. Horowitz and Kitsis come on board following the departure of original showrunner Bryan Fuller and executive producer Hart Hanson in February.

    The pair began their careers writing for shows like “Popular” and “Felicity” before they joined the writing staff of “Lost” during its first year. For the final two seasons they served as executive producers, while simultaneously writing the feature film “Tron: Legacy” and creating the animated television series “Tron: Uprising” for Disney XD. They created “Once Upon a Time” in 2011.

    Kitsis and Horowitz are represented by WME and attorney Jared Levine.

    A source close to Fuller said at the time of his departure that the parting was amicable. Fuller’s vision for the show did not mesh with the more family-friendly approach sought by Apple and Amblin Television. “Bones” alum Hanson had been on board for some time to serve as day-to-day showrunner, and was working closely with Fuller before also departing.

    “Amazing Stories,” which is an anthology series, originally ran for two seasons in the mid-80s on NBC, garnering 12 Emmy nominations and winning five. Among those winners was John Lithgow, who won the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series award for the episode entitled “The Doll.” The series was also one of the first resume listings for names like “Homeland” director Lesli Linka Glatter and Pixar director Brad Bird.

    Original series co-creator Steven Spielberg serves as executive producer on the Apple version via Amblin Television, along with Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The 10-episode order for the series is part of a new content deal between Apple, Amblin, and Universal TV, the latter two of whom will produce “Amazing Stories.”


    source: http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/apple-amazing-stories-adam-horowitz-edward-kitsis-showrunners-once-upon-a-time-1202818557/

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    • This is like, their third attempt at doing an anthology series, lol. Hopefully it works out this time!

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    • lol, they're clearly not wasting any time. Sounds like a modern "Twilight Zone". Defo gonna check it out - hopefully they can bring Once actors into it for different episodes, since its an anthology series.

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    • Also:

      "Additionally, the duo, whose ABC fairytale drama Once Upon a Time just wrapped its seven-season run on ABC, recently signed a new four-year extension to their overall deal with Once producer ABC Studios, which will keep them exclusive to the studio in all areas — broadcast, cable and streaming — through 2022."

      source: http://deadline.com/2018/05/amazing-stories-edward-kitsis-adam-horowitz-showrun-apple-series-reboot-overall-deal-abc-studios-1202395632/


      "Sources note the four-year overall deal will see Kitsis and Horowitz become the studio’s highest-paid drama producers at ABC Studios."

      source: https://twitter.com/Snoodit/status/998966979074535427

      Geez!

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    • Adam and Eddy getting that work done. Great writers, passable showrunners, but their business savvy knows no bounds!

      I think they’ll do good in an anthology series which is really what they keep leaning to.

      Hope they have something good for ABC as well as I’d assume ABC plans to make them earn that pay raise.

      Plus “1980s” are totally A&E’s thing.

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    • Lady Junky wrote:
      Also:

       

      "Additionally, the duo, whose ABC fairytale drama Once Upon a Time just wrapped its seven-season run on ABC, recently signed a new four-year extension to their overall deal with Once producer ABC Studios, which will keep them exclusive to the studio in all areas — broadcast, cable and streaming — through 2022."

      source: http://deadline.com/2018/05/amazing-stories-edward-kitsis-adam-horowitz-showrun-apple-series-reboot-overall-deal-abc-studios-1202395632/


      "Sources note the four-year overall deal will see Kitsis and Horowitz become the studio’s highest-paid drama producers at ABC Studios."

      source: https://twitter.com/Snoodit/status/998966979074535427

      Geez!

      Interesting. So, despite the suspiciously sudden cancellation of Once (it particularly sticks out to me that in one interview, Dungey said she was "cautiously optimistic" and the decision would be made after they heard Adam & Eddy's pitch for Season 8, while later we found out that Adam & Eddy never made that pitch), they clearly want Adam and Eddy around. I wonder if Once was just canceled to make room for a new show that they have high hopes for?

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    • I'll check it out, it seems intriguing. But that also makes me sad :( they have really closed the book, I was still hoping in a spin off lol

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    • I think ABC is trying to find its grove and see A & E as an asset to new shows. I’m guessing whatever pitch Adam and Eddy have sold them for creating a new series.

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    • RickyYG wrote: I'll check it out, it seems intriguing. But that also makes me sad :( they have really closed the book, I was still hoping in a spin off lol

      They already did a spinoff and a soft reboot. It’s extremely rare for a show to get both and even rare for them to get even more.

      As I said elsewhere, the best one can hope for is a “shared universe”. Think like the DC CW shows that share a universe but are independent shows (besides the rare crossover event).

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    • And looks like A&E might try to get the OUAT team for that.

      Brigitte Hales just said she'll work as a writer on the show:

      https://twitter.com/InkTankGirl/status/999658117800411137

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    • Lady Junky wrote:
      And looks like A&E might try to get the OUAT team for that.

      Brigitte Hales just said she'll work as a writer on the show:

      https://twitter.com/InkTankGirl/status/999658117800411137

      I kind of figured they would bring in at least a few of them.

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    • Congrats for Hales! Personally, I don’t think they should become a ragtag bunch, only because I feel that A&E become this weird conglomerate of their shows, from hiring Lost actor, to the Easter eggs, and more. But I can’t say no to someone being employed!

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