Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Spins Off Into Fall Series

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ABC’s most popular series of 2012-13 is the fairytale inspired Once Upon A Time. It’s been know for sometime that Disney would attempt a spinoff of the series and now the first trailer for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is here.

The show will air Thursdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT. Here’s the full description:

In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice (Sophie Lowe) tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing-cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she’s seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane, and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever — the handsome and mysterious Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). But deep down Alice knows this world is real, and just in the nick of time the sardonic Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and the irrepressible White Rabbit (John Lithgow) arrive to save her from a doomed fate. Together the trio will take a tumble down the rabbit hole to this Wonderland where nothing is impossible.

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“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” stars Sophie Lowe (“Beautiful Kate”) as Alice, Michael Socha (“This Is England”) as Knave of Hearts, Peter Gadiot (“The Forbidden Girl”) as Cyrus, Emma Rigby (“Hollyoaks”) as Queen of Hearts and John Lithgow (“3rd Rock from the Sun”) as the voice of the White Rabbit.

“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” was written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Once Upon a Time”), who serve as executive producers. Steve Perlman and Zack Estrin also serve as executive producers, and the pilot was directed by Ralph Hemecker. “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” is produced by ABC Studios

I have to say the idea of this show intrigues me. It takes some elements of the classic tale and then expands them into a wider universe. Not exactly parallel with the world of Storybrooke, but conceivably in the same universe. What are your early thoughts on the new series?

(photos: Copyright © 2013 ABC, Inc)

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5 Responses to Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Spins Off Into Fall Series

  1. Steve says:

    The trailer makes it look really dark. I hope it’s more fun than that!

  2. Duy says:

    I’m really excited for this.
    I just hope it’s not like SyFy’s Alice as I’m very picky and compare it to the original text.

    One thing I already do not like is how they created the Red Queen. I’m glad they finally showed that the Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen as two different people.
    However the Red Queen is not sexy nor murderous. She’s one of the most conservative characters in the novel, so it’s the complete opposite.
    And she’s not murderous, she’s actually very kind, but strict. The only murderous Queen is the Queen of Hearts/Cora.

  3. Mark Baker says:

    Interesting. I’ll be tuning it, at least for the first few episodes.

    And Duy, considering what they have done with the characters on Once Upon a Time, do you really expect them to stick anywhere close to the text? Because I sure don’t.

  4. DisneyMike says:

    I’m curious where you got the statistic that “Once Upon a Time” was ABC’s most popular series of 2012-2013. “Dancing With the Stars” had significantly higher viewership and ratings, and “Modern Family” also drew higher viewership and ratings numbers for the season. “Once Upon a Time” might have been the most popular scripted, hour-long series, but it definitely wasn’t the most-viewed or highest-rated series of the year.

    • DisneyMike says:

      And, looking over the Nielsen ratings for the season, it appears that “Castle” and “Grey’s Anatomy” both had higher viewership for the season than “Once Upon a Time.” Where did you get your statistic?

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