We'll admit that we've had some trepidation about this spin-off — will it distract from the main event? — but this news has definitely upped our excitement level. We fell in love with Michael as Tom, a sweet, but deadly, vampire-hunting werewolf, on the UK version of Being Human, and we'd love to see him bring his talents to American TV.
It sounds like Michael's character on the Once Upon a Time spin-off is a bit different than perpetually-nieve Tom: The Knave of Hearts is described as "a sardonic adventurer, a man of action, loner and heartbreaker" whose "swagger isn't quite enough to disguise the fact that he is unswervingly loyal and possessed of a strong moral code."
Before you get too excited (or worried), remember that the spin-off isn't a done deal yet. Members of the Once team will write and shoot a teaser this April, and then the ABC Powers That Be will decide if they want to see a pilot. If the answer to that is yes, the pilot will shoot later in the summer.
The idea for the spin-off is that it would function like American Horror Story, running in defined 13-episode arcs.
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