On May 10, 2013, the series was renewed for a third season and a greenlight for the spin-off tentatively titled “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” was given by ABC. Both shows are set to air this coming fall. Yay! This is even better! I’ve been looking forward to this since the Mad Hatter’s introduction last season. This desire was fueled even more with the introduction of the Queen of Hearts. There was definite potential for a revisit to that land in “Once”. I was looking for an episode featuring the Queen of Hearts now they doing a full-on spin-off. Written by Charles Litwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, the adventurous story of Wonderland has been adapted in many forms through film, television and other adaptions. The most recognized of these adaptions is the 1951 Disney animated picture based on the tale of the girl who fell down a rabbit hole. Numerous TV shows and movies were also made including a 1985 two-part made-for-television special featuring an all-star cast that included Sherman Hemsley, Red Buttons, Sammy Davis Jr., Shelley Winters and Natalie Gregory in the title role. A slightly darker version will appear on ABC in 1999 also featuring an all-star cast that included Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Short, George Wendt, Miranda Richardson, Gene Wilder, and Sir Ben Kingsley and Christopher Lloyd. “Waterworld” and “Corrina, Corrina” starlette Tina Majorino is cast as Alice.
Wonderland has also been adapted through comics with the most recent retelling being done by Zenescope Entertainment. This adaption gives a darker twist on the tale worthy of Vincent Price. It centers on a more malevolent and violent Wonderland with Alice’s daughter Calie taking the trip to that imaginative place than isn’t so wondrous after all. Several other books accompany Raven Gregory’s twisted reimagining of the tale. The story has even been adapted into a Japanese manga titled “Alice in the Country of Hearts”. The six-part series was released by Yen Press in North America and ran October 2007 to October 2010. It was written by Quin Rose and illustrated by Suomei Hoshino.
Now the enduring tale will be realized as part of the “Once Upon a Time” series on ABC. Sophie Lowe is in the role of Alice Liddle. An adult Alice is being used so this is possibly her return to Wonderland, much like Tim Burton’s 2010 movie. Sadly, Barbara Hershey will not be reprising her role as the Queen of Hearts. Instead, Emma Rigby will portray the Red Queen. Paul “Pee-Wee Herman” Reubens is the White Rabbit and Michael Socha plays the Knave of Hearts. I would’ve really liked to see Barbara return once more but this is how it is. Regardless, I will be anticipating this show the entire summer until its fall debut. Then we’ll see just how far the rabbit hole goes.
The premise closely follows American MaGee’s “Alice: Madness Returns” video game.