ABC has yet to release a full list of premiere dates for its fall lineup, but another piece of that schedule clicked into place Thursday.
The network revealed at Comic-Con in San Diego that “Once Upon a Time” will begin its seventh season on Friday, Oct. 6. The show is moving to Fridays after six seasons on Sunday nights.
The date tracks with the other piece of ABC’s premiere schedule we already know about: “Inhumans” will launch with a two-hour premiere on Sept. 29 before sliding back to its regular 9 p.m. spot the following week.
In addition to airing on a new night, “Once Upon a Time” will feature a pretty big creative shakeup in Season 7. Several long-time cast members — Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jared Gilmore, Rebecca Mader, Josh Dallas and Emilie de Ravin — left the show at the end of last season.
The coming season will focus on a now-adult Henry Mills (Andrew J. West is playing the adult version of Gilmore’s character) and returning stars Lana Parrilla (Regina/the Evil Queen), Robert Carlyle (Rumple) and Hook (Colin O’Donoghue). Alison Fernandez will play Henry’s daughter.
Gabrielle Anwar and Dania Ramirez have also joined the show as series regulars, and “Reign” star Adelaide Kane, Mekia Cox and Rose Reynolds will have recurring parts. The new and old characters will be on a mission to keep the forces of evil at bay.
“Once Upon a Time” averaged a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.18 million viewers in its initial airings last season. It improved to 1.5 and 4.5 million viewers with a week of delayed viewing.