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Once Upon a Time‘s Ruby Grabs the Lead Role in Another Show

All due congratulations to Meghan Ory, but… Ruby! Don’t leave!

Deadine reports that Ory has been cast as the lead in CBS’s drama pilot Intelligence, where she’ll be joined by Josh Holloway (Sawyer from Lost), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), and P.J. Byrne (Bolin in The Legend of Korra).

Ory will play Riley O’Neil, an ex-Secret Service agent tasked with protecting Gabriel (Holloway), who is “the nation’s top intelligence asset” because he has a computer chip in his head that allows him to “access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.”

In the words of the great Matthew McConaughey, alright alright alright. Sounds… potentially promising. I like the idea of the female lead protecting the male lead instead of the other way around. I just hope the writers avoid the same old-same old when it comes to the “will they or won’t they” subplot that you just know is going to be there.

But what does Ory’s casting mean for Ruby? Though Intelligence will air on CBS it’s produced by ABC Studios, like Once Upon a Time, “which allowed the flexibility,” says Deadline. And Ruby hasn’t been around much this season anyway. So it’s possible that she could keep her (small) role as Intelligence makes its way through the pilot stage.

But if it gets picked up? That’s a likely goodbye to Ruby, either by disappearing into the ether of Storybrooke à la the Mad Hatter or by being killed off.

If it comes to it I’ll be sad to see Ory leave Once. She hasn’t had a lot to do this season, but she’s a good character. But I’m also sad that Ory playing a flashback version of Derek’s sister Laura on Teen Wolf probably won’t happen now that she’ll be so busy. Not that it had much of a shot of happening anyway, but… darnit, it would have been perfect! Let me have my dreamcasting!

(via: Deadline)

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  • Anonymous

    I’m glad they moved Meghan up to series regular this season. Now she’s gotten more screen time (no she hasn’t) and she won’t be leaving for another show (wait, she might). I just want more Ruby/Red.

  • Tom Armbruster

    “Chip in his head?” Sounds a lot like “Chuck” which also had a Female lead protecting a male lead…..

  • Holly Anne

    Wait, this sounds exactly like the premise of NBC’s “Chuck.” Chuck and Sarah are one of my big OTPs, so I’m bitter about Chuck being ripped off, haha.

    (Oops, Tom Armbruster beat me to it. Hats off, Tom!)

    Anyway, OuaT has SO MUCH going on that it could use some streamlining, but I despair at the thought of losing Ruby. She’s one of the show’s best/most underutilized characters (along with Whale, and Mulan/Aurora, and dreamy August Booth, etc).

  • Andreia Augusto

    I agree with Tom Armbruster, it sounds a like Chuck, the chip in the head, the female protecting the male…

  • Jason Toupence

    “access the entire electromagnetic spectrum”

    Like Gary from Alphas.

    I would watch this more if they replaced Sawyer with Gary and had her protecting him.

  • Lady Octarina

    I had no intention of watching it, but then I read JOSH HOLLOWAY! Sold.

    I won’t be sorry to see Ruby go, though.

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    Except that this time, it won’t pander to the “liberal agenda”.

  • KiloTangoBravo

    A CBS version of “Chuck”? Nooooo…… Meghan does deserve better than the two lines a week she gets on OUAT. But I doubt this is the way.

  • Anonymous

    Or like the agents from the Program in “A Girl and Her Fed.” Who… have chips in their head which allow them to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum, albeit initially with some really awful side effects.

    (Of course, AGaHF throws American history, ghosts and one profanity-spewing superintelligent analyst koala into the mix.)

  • Herostratus356

    “Chuck” pandered to the liberal agenda? Did you even watch the show? Remember John Casey?

  • Rizz Rustbolt

    I probably should have put the whole thing in quotes.