Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Crossover Spoilers!
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland just simply cannot stop taking off. To think, just six months ago, this Once Upon a Time spin-off was just an ABC executive’s fantasy. Of course, we at this site always had faith in the potential of this project. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be here writing all of this right now. Ever since last Friday, when Once Upon a Time was renewed for season three (as if that was even a question), John Lithgow was brought in to replace Paul Reubens as the voice of the White Rabbit, and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was green lit, the good news has been fast and furious. Would it be a bridge between the two 12 episode marathons ABC has officially announced for next season (along with Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge and Scandal)? Would it be a summer series while Once Upon a Time is on hiatus next season? Would it be an American Horror Story-style anthology limited series? The answer came with a resounding no yesterday morning as ABC announced its official fall schedule and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was actually on it…on Thursday nights…right before Grey’s Anatomy. Heads instantly began spinning. Remember the episode of Once Upon a Time with the Mad Hatter (who as yet to be recast) revealing tons of doors in his hat? Well, it was even stranger than that. That also might be a tipping off point that there might be more stories for this spin-off than we ever thought.
So, since this is a spin-off, will Once Upon a Time in Wonderland have anything to do with its parent series? Apparently, the answer is yes. Entertainment Weekly has released a revealing article that tells a LOT more about the production and presentation of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland than I ever expected. Apparently, they know even more but will not say. So, all we can do is speculate about the rest. For example, the “pilot” was shown that the ABC executives went all Mad Hatter over was not even a pilot. More like a 19 minute over-glorified CGI demo reel with some actors. Is there even a finished script? Read the whole article here. Believe me, it is worth reading throughly. Apparently, Alice’s adventures in wonderland are nothing compared to the adventures a pilot experiences in Broadcast Television Land. Expect a lot of updates as they come along.
Read Entertainment Weekly’s Spoiler-Filled Article on the Opening of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland!
You had to figure ABC’s Once Upon a Time and its eagerly anticipated upcoming spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland would cross their creative streams at some point.
But you’re not going to have to wait long for elements of one show to appear into the other.
Get this: The first episode of Wonderland currently starts in Storybrooke. We’re sworn to secrecy on details beyond that. But let’s just say that while the two shows will maintain clear and separate identities (it’s important to ABC and the showrunners that Wonderland can stand-alone with its own easily accessible story) this won’t be the last time the world Once Upon mingles over to Thursdays at 8 p.m.
I’m hedging a little about the exact placement of the Storybrooke scene in the Wonderland pilot because, as Once Upon fans know, a full episode has not yet been shot, so the order of the scenes could change from the presentation screened for ABC executives. In fact, we’re told producers only filmed 19 minutes of footage from the story they mapped out in December for the Wonderland premiere episode. That’s pretty rock star — landing a spot on ABC’s fall schedule without even shooting half an episode! See the Wonderland trailer cut from the presentation here.