We know some Once Upon a Time fans are still wary of the new Once Upon a Time in Wonderland spin-off, but we've been won over. We're excited to see what the creative minds behind Once can do with a fresh slate, and we're already a bit in love with the cast. But just when we warmed up to the idea, ABC went and scheduled Wonderland in one of the toughest slots on its lineup.
Wonderland, which was originally reported to be a special short-run winter event, will actually be joining ABC's fall lineup at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Thursdays, before Grey’s Anatomy. That has us biting our nails already.
Why? Well, let's take a look at the new dramas that have premiered in that timeslot over the last few years: Last Resort (cancelled, ran 13 episodes), Zero Hour (dropped after three episodes), Charlie's Angels (production cancelled after 4 episodes), Missing (cancelled, ran 10 episodes), My Generation (canceled after only two episodes), Flashword (oh, wow, it lasted a whole season... but that’s it).
The problem's so bad, Variety devoted an article to it. While several of those shows probably flopped due to poor quality (did you see the Zero Hour pilot? Wait, of course not, no one watched it. Suffice to say, nonsensical doesn't begin to cover it), some of them were actually quite strong. Heck, Missing managed some Emmy noms in the miniseries category. Clearly, ABC has totally lost their hold on that hour, which is already overcrowded with heavy hitters like The Big Bang Theory, American Idol, and The Vampire Diaries.
Will Once Upon a Time in Wonderland be able to break the curse, or is it doomed before it's even begun? Apparently the hope is that Once fans will flock to the new show.
"We believe we have a built-in audience with the OUAT franchise, and that allows us to start stronger on Thursday and have a cleaner flow than we've had since I've been at the network," ABC president Paul Lee explained at the ABC upfronts today, May 14. "What we've done here is we've built a night of women's empowerment... powerful, beautifully-made women empowerment shows."
"We watched the pilot, and we fell in love with it," he added, by way of explaining why the show is no longer launching in the winter, as originally planned. "I loved it on Thursday night at 8. Adam [Horowitz] was very happy to see it launch there."
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Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.