ABC Orders Additional Episodes of 'Once Upon A Time In Wonderland'

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June 28th, 2013


Months before it premieres in ABC's Thursday at 8PM deadzone, ABC has expressed its confidence in the Once Upon A Time spinoff Once Upon A Time in Wonderland by ordering additional episodes of the show, which originally received an order for 13 episodes. However, the network will not reveal how many extra episodes have been ordered. Showrunner Edward Kitsis told Entertainment Weekly "We really want to tell the story without having to worry about how to stretch it for five years. The upfront order will be it for the season. This is not meant to be a 22-episode season. Whatever it ends up being, we’ll have told a complete story, with a beginning, middle and end.”

That statement is vague enough to make Lewis Carroll proud. Of course, readers of this site know that the number of episodes ordered does not always correlate with the number of episodes aired.

  • tom

    And if the spinoff fails (since Thursday 8pm is a poison slot for ABC)……….

  • gerry

    that just tells me that if it fails there, they’ll move it around to try and find it another life before just burning it off.

  • steven

    Isn’t this going to be a limited series?

  • ryan

    Screw cw Thursdays at 8 I’m watching this live and wait so this shows only gonna be a mini series or its gonna last several seasons .?

  • Nick

    The show is designed to be like The Following–multiple but short seasons.

  • Cyrax86

    Did they forget about its timeslot for a minute?

  • Dan

    @Cyrax86 – I think unlike in recent years, ABC figures flop or hit they want to just air the series in its full amount and if its a success it will be renewed if not it will not return for a second season. So like Last Resort or Pan Am, the show will likely air through February in its timeslot no matter what.

    Honestly I think this is a great strategy that the networks are adapting in terms of a limited episode order, it’s win win because If a show doesn’t do well than its done after 13 but if it does networks have the option of bringing it back.

  • Tony JJ

    Hmm… Interesting. Most likely if ABC/creators actually want this show to be a limited series, then the creators must have wanted a few extra episodes to get their story out. But I’d still be surprised if this doesn’t get a full season even if they say it won’t be a 22 episode per season show.

  • r0ckmypants

    Couldn’t this just mean that they ordered an additional episode to replace the pilot presentation? Or did 13 episodes include a new pilot?

  • The End

    The show will get on or around 22 episodes. ABC could kill that off quickly enough as it’ll still be in production when it premieres, so if it does poorly it’l have an episode or two cut.

  • buttondiet

    What’s the point of ABC not revealing how many extra episodes were ordered? I don’t understand.

  • rob60990

    The extra episode order probably isn’t much more then 3 or 4 epiodes. The show will probably air its finale before The Olympics start, then ABC will either premiere a new drama in March or stick a reality show there for the year.

  • Ekras


    For a year? Most likely it will air it’s entire 16 episode (my guess) season and than come back in early September 2014.

  • Kissan

    I really want this show to do good and I really want it to be 22 episodes. Why can’t they just make it 22 episodes? This will probably be the show that can break the Thursday at 8 curse.

  • Ultima

    Did they forget about its timeslot for a minute?

    since Thursday 8pm is a poison slot for ABC

    Some people seem to have a lot of trouble with cause-and-effect.

    Shows do not fail because they are in the Thursday 8pm timeslot on ABC; the Thursday 8pm timeslot on ABC looks bad because ABC keeps putting failing shows there.

    What do you people expect ABC to do, run repeats of Grey’s Anatomy at 8pm? It’s cursed, don’t waste a show there! :roll:

    That timeslot used to be a death slot, most recently when both Friends and Survivor aired there. It was futile for ABC and FOX to even try and compete with that.

    Now? ABC has just had a string of failed shows, they can either move a successful show into the timeslot or keep trying new ones until something sticks – you know, the same way every network has dealt with problems like this in the past.

  • TV Addict

    Once Upon a Time in Flopderland.
    It’s done, so I better not see any flop jokes on this one in the future.
    Flopderland, that’s it. It’s over.

  • rob60990

    “For a year? Most likely it will air it’s entire 16 episode (my guess) season and than come back in early September 2014.”

    I mean the rest of the season. Of course if it does well, it would have the same type of scheduling next year or maybe ABC will just save it for midseason but that would be kind of a long break if they did that.

  • Scandalfan

    Flopily Flopily Flop. Thursday 8 PM? The Death Slot? Seriously.

  • Eric_Philly

    Weird… perhaps the intention is to roll it back into the original?

  • jessica

    cause-effect-cause…. if they moved Grey’s Anatomy to Thursday at 8pm maybe it would finally get cancelled. :D

    I for one really couldn’t be bothered with any episodes of Once Upon A Time In Mexico. It would have made more sense to call it Through The Looking Glass or almost anything else and so long as they don’t fix the title it remains a fundamental roadblock. They didn’t call it Grey’s Down South Anatomy but rather Private Practice.

    I do expect great failure for this and the idea of more episodes for this once upon a time mini-series is just … sinking your own battleship, scoring an own goal, walking a batter with the bases loaded to end the game, or something like that.

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