Here’s what up in the world of TV for Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7. All times are Eastern.
Once Upon A Time (ABC, Friday, 8 p.m.): Instead of wrapping things up nicely with the end of its sixth season and the loss of series lead Jennifer Morrison, the doggedly determined Once Upon A Time decided to cut most of its cast, fast-forward a decade or two, and get the hell out of Storybrooke. As we pick up in season seven, Henry has grown up into the handsome Andrew J. West, who meets a little girl named Lucy (Alison Fernandez) who claims that she’s his daughter. Somehow this leads him to the “Hyperion Heights” neighborhood of Seattle, where Regina is a bar owner, Hook is on the police force, and Rumple is shady as usual. There’s also a new Cinderella (Dania Ramirez), not be confused with OUAT’s previous Cinderella, Ashley, but continuity was never this show’s strong suit. Gwen Ihnat is stopping by to check out this first episode, but she’ll probably head out in a horseless carriage soon afterward.
Spielberg (HBO, Saturday, 8 p.m.): You don’t have to be Dawson Leery to appreciate what Steven Spielberg has brought to the world of cinema, in a career that’s now getting close to 50 years. This new HBO documentary features interviews with not only the director, but 80 of his friends and contemporaries talking about movies from Jurassic Park to Schindler’s List (both of which he pulled off in the same year). HBO says that in the film Spielberg “opens up about his bittersweet childhood and lifelong obsession with moviemaking,” the latter of which should be pretty obvious to most of us, but still should be interesting to hear about.