Once Upon a Time's sixth episode of the new season will be titled “Ariel” and introduces Reba fave JoAnna Garcia as the finned Disney princess from under the sea. Besides Reba, Garcia recently appeared on Royal Pains and last season’s short-lived NBC sitcom Animal Practice.
Producers promise a compelling back-story and twist for their Little Mermaid, while retaining the beloved character’s “wide-eyed” charm and ambitions we came to know in Disney’s 1989 animated classic. And as is the norm with Once characters, she’ll most likely have ties to a character we know.
Could Ariel’s witchy octopus nemesis Ursula the sea witch be far behind? “Ursula could appear this season, absolutely,” teases executive producer Eddy Kitsis. “But on our show you never know what that might mean.”