I don't watch Once Upon a Time but it's hard to believe they actually do some of the things they do. It seems like one of the most self-indulgent shows ever made.
I wouldn't even mind self indulgent. House of Mouse was pretty self indulgent and it worked beautifully. The show could have come off as a commercial for Disney, but somehow it didn't. No. My problem with Once Upon a Time is that it's just so head up its own butt serious yet
uses the Disney versions of the characters reinterpreted (or rather have all the joy sucked out of them) to not resemble them. In that case what's the point? But other than that, they're trying to make dark and dramatic out of fairy tales that were made kid friendly when the original versions were bleak and dark to begin with.
Plus the whole crossover fan fiction for 12+ year olds angle.
Just because "The Muppets" wasn't renewed today doesn't mean it won't be. ABC makes their full renew/cancel announcements in (or just prior to) May.
The shows renewed today in the first wave were established enough performers to where its not necessary for ABC execs to pour over tons of charts and data - these were all the "no-brainers".
I think the show deserves a second season no doubt and I'll contact whoever I can once I have the time. I know ABC's going to keep us waiting with baited breath, but I really wish if they had plans to axe the show, they'd get over with it. Still, the show seems cheap enough to produce, much more so than action/dramatic programming. They're sinking all this money and promotion for "The Family" which, let's face it, isn't going to get an audience. It's...bad looking. I'll leave it at that. The Muppets got a sequel movie because it was low cost and managed a nice return based on that ratio. And they didn't lose "Lone Ranger" or "John Carter" money on the second. If cheapness and merchandising potential can keep the show afloat, then it's going to be what keeps it afloat.