Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Premiere: What to Expect
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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Premiere: What to Expect

Once Upon a Time spin-off Once Upon a Time in Wonderland premieres tonight, October 10, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. While this show shares a universe and creators with OUAT, it's meant to operate as its own separate story, so OUAT fans don't know much more about what it than someone who's never watched the fairytale hit.

What can you expect if you tune into this retelling of Alice in Wonderland? We've gathered some basic info to whet your appetite for the upcoming epicness.

The Official Premise

To start, here's the premises, as explained by the official press release about the new show:

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.

Oh, and a few more things you might like to know: Alice's Victorian England isn't the "real" Victorian England — it's a fictional version in its own right. Stories within stories! And speaking of stories, you can expect to see Jafar in this show. Yes, from Aladdin. Yes, you should be excited.

Who's the Cast?

Alice herself will be played by newcomer Sophie Lowe, while hottie Peter Gadiot will be the genie that steals her heart. British star Michael Socha is the Knave of Hearts (learn more about him), and Big Bad Jafar? That's Lost fave Naveen Andrews. You can get a thorough rundown of the cast here. Enjoy!

The Premiere Synopsis

e's the premises, as explained by the official press release about the new show:

Alice returns home to her father telling her that everyone thought she was dead. Her imaginative stories about a talking White Rabbit and a mystical place called Wonderland end up getting her admitted into an asylum where Dr. Lydgate convinces her to have a procedure that will allow her to forget her pain.

Right before the operation is set to take place, she is rescued by the Knave of Hearts who takes her to the rabbit who informs her that her true love Cyrus is still alive. As the trio then jumps into the portal returning to Wonderland, Alice sets out on a quest to find him but the villainous Jafar and the Red Queen have other plans for her.

It sounds like we'll be jumping right into the action, which is exactly what we want from a spin-off. We're already sold on the idea of retelling classic tales with new twists — now the show just has to convince us that this twist is worth watching!

Catch the First 20-Minutes

Are you still not convinced you should tune in? Well, maybe watching the first 20 minutes will change your mind. You can catch them over at ABC.com

Are you going to tune in to Once Upon a Time in Wonderland? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland premieres on October 10, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!

10.9.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Rebecca Martin
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