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'Once Upon a Time' Adds 'Buffy' 'Life Unexpected' Veterans, 'Smallville' Star Erica Durance Lands Pilot and More TV News

Date June 01, 2011
Once Upon a Time That squeal you heard? That was a combination of yelps of joy from 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Life Unexpected' fans.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Buffy' scribe Jane Espenson -- who is also known for her work on a variety of different projects including 'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' --- and 'Life Unexpected'...

Once Upon a Time That squeal you heard? That was a combination of yelps of joy from 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Life Unexpected' fans.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Buffy' scribe Jane Espenson -- who is also known for her work on a variety of different projects including 'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' --- and 'Life Unexpected' creator Liz Tigelaar are joining the staff of ABC's 'Once Upon a Time.'

Espenson came on board as a co-executive producer and Tigelaar will be a consulting producer. 'Lost' writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz wrote the pilot and will also executive produce the series.

'Once Upon a Time' stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White and Jennifer Morrison as a woman with a mysterious past tied to fairy tales. The show, like 'Lost,' switches between two worlds, the fairy tale and the "real world."

In other TV news ...

'Ghost Hunters' will be back for a season 8. Season 7 has averaged roughly 1 million viewers per episode. The show is Syfy's longest-running reality show. [Entertainment Weekly]

Erica Durance has booked her first post-'Smallville' gig.Durance will star in the CTV pilot 'Saving Hope,' described as "a sexy, fast-paced drama set in a Toronto hospital." [Bell Media]

Will budget cuts hurt 'The Walking Dead'? Frank Darabont thinks so. "Creatively I have no complaints thus far," Darabont said. "But I believe if they do move ahead with what they're talking about, it will affect the show creatively ... in a negative way. Which just strikes me as odd. If you have an asset, why would you punish it?" [THR]

Want new 'Torchwood: Miracle Day' footage?No problem! [EW]

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's new talent show will see the couple traveling across Latin America. The two are on the hunt for the "world's most extraordinary talent." Check out some preview footage. [PEOPLE]

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