Alice may have gone down the rabbit hole, but Once Upon a Time in Wonderland might just be headed down the drain. The CGI-challenged Once Upon a Time spin-off has been chugging along for eight episodes and went on an extremely long winter hiatus beginning December 12 — but the future of the series is already up in the air.
At the Television Critics Association winter press tour Friday, Paul Lee, ABC entertainment president, took the stage to express his regrets in his handling of Wonderland, saying he should have aired the series on Sundays at midseason, during the long hiatus of OUAT.
“I should’ve done that,” the ABC exec said, according to TVLine. “In retrospect, I think it would’ve done better there and I should’ve stuck with the earlier idea. I totally take responsibility for that.”
And while the show hasn’t been cancelled, it also hasn’t been renewed for a second season yet either.
“We haven’t made a decision on it,” TV Guide Magazine tweets, quoting Paul. “We’ll have to make it fairly soon. #TCA14.” Yikes, that sounds pretty dismal.
Even entertainment journo Laura Prudom weighed in on ABC’s presentation on Wonderland. “No decision on #OUATWonderland's future. Lee thinks Adam and Eddy will weave storylines across their assets (which probably means it's dead),” she tweeted.
According to Adweek, Wonderland has been averaging 4.4 million viewers and scoring the network a 1.2 rating in the key demo, which is decent seeing as how the freshman series is occupying the dreaded Thursday 8 p.m. slot.
It sounds like only time will tell if this series bites the dust.
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