ABC's hit drama 'Once Upon A Time' is preparing to go down under. No, not to Australia, although that might be fun for its own reasons. 'OUAT' is instead headed (in the immortal words of Sebastian the crab) under the sea! The upcoming third season's sixth outing will be entitled 'Ariel,' and I shouldn't have to tell you who the featured guest character is in that episode. Thanks to TVGuide, we all now know the identity of the actress tasked with inhabiting the immortal seashell bikini: JoAnna Garcia.
Probably best known for her role as Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery on the long-running sitcom 'Reba,' Garcia has also played regular or recurring roles on shows such as 'Animal Practice,' 'Better with You,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Freaks and Geeks,' and 'Party of Five.' She'll always be Sam from 'Are You Afraid of the Dark' to me though. What can I say, I did most of my growing up in the 90's.
Ariel is set to appear in at least two episodes of the season, and will apparently have past ties to an existing 'Once' character. The mermaid's backstory and wide-eyed innocent attitude is said to be very similar to what everyone remembers from the 1989 Disney classic, but with a new spin created by the 'OUAT' writing staff. Producers are also hinting that an appearance by Ariel's tentacled arch-nemesis Ursula may also be in the cards at some point. Hopefully Ariel doesn't end up as yet another poor unfortunate soul.
Do you think JoAnna Garcia will make a good Ariel? She certainly does look the part.