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ABC Cancels 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland'

 

ABC Cancels 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland'

 

After an entire season of disappointing ratings, ABC has officially dropped the ax on failed spin-off 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.'

While it's ratings have gone up and down a bit this season, the original 'Once Upon a Time' series has for the most part been a huge hit for ABC. As a matter of fact, 'OUAT' is the sixth highest rated show on the entire network.

That said, it's hard to blame ABC for wanting to capitalize on 'OUAT's popularity with a spin-off, and 'Wonderland' came into the 2013-2014 broadcast season with a ton of hype. Unfortunately, the audience just wasn't there. Whereas 'Once' regularly draws 2.0 or above, 'Wonderland' premiered to a mere 1.7, and it was all downhill from there. By week four, the spin-off dropped below the dreaded 1.0 threshold, and has remained there ever since.

Oddly enough, ABC has chosen not to announce 'Wonderland's end via the traditional press release, instead opting to let the cat out of the bag via this promo, which aired after last night's episode:

For those unable to watch the video, the voice over at the end of the clip implores viewers to tune in next Thursday for 'Wonderland's series (not season) finale. Networks don't just throw the phrase series finale around lightly, making it clear that next week will indeed be the show's swan song.

While some might argue that 'Wonderland' was originally planned as a single season "limited" series, recent history has shown that even those series ('Under the Dome,' 'The Following,' 'Sleepy Hollow,') will quickly become not-so-limited if their ratings are high. Make no mistake, if 'Wonderland' had done what 'OUAT' does, we would be looking at 'Twice Upon a Time in Wonderland' this fall.


Details
Show:
- Once Upon A Time In Wonderland
Network:
- ABC

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Mar 28th, 2014, 2:40 am

Images courtesy of ABC

upx

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Message Posted On Apr 10th, 2014, 3:46 pm

Sad to see it end... but it was a nice ending for the series.

I hope some of these characters (esp. Alice) end up as regulars on OUAT.

BillO

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Message Posted On Apr 4th, 2014, 3:04 pm

Just watched the final show and it ended in pretty decent fashion. They even do a peek into the future with Alice and Cyrus and their daughter with a parting shot of the rabbit watching them from a distance. So it finished in true "and they all lived happily ever after" fashion. 

Although I enjoyed watching the whole season it did not quite pique my interest the way the original Once Upon a Time has especially since the original has pulled in the Wizard of Oz mythos. Kind of interested to see if any other characters are going to show up from Oz... but I digress.

Wonderland felt like a short story.  Once Upon a Time can bounce between Storybrook and other realms (and there are still many realms they can explore (or go back and explore further).  For example they haven't done Camelot and Merlin and Morganna yet which would make for some interesting fireworks. They can certainly go back and spend more time in a few areas they've only touched on.

Wonderland seemed limited to Wonderland and England with nowhere else to go. The problem now is if they do want to move through Wonderland from Storybrook again in the future there could be some continuity issues. Of course, there's no reason Jafah can't show up as a potential bad guy in Storybrook in the future.

Anyway, personally I think it turned out to be a decent, if not exceptional, show.

 

mike1616

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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 11:16 pm

This should have been aired in the same place as it's perant show when it was on break or just after it as a companion show. Just hope they wrap up things satisfactoraly for us.

Watcher and co

Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 3:39 pm
Never liked this show lost interest in it about two episodes in,a disappointing spin off glad its been axed good dissension ABC.
Libra401373

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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 8:52 am

i wish i could say i'm surprised bt i'm not this isn't abc's first spinoff failure

Jingleman

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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 8:41 am

#gutted - I actually preferred this to the original series (just) and I'm really sorry to see it go.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 7:39 am
Of course there is always the obvious way around any loose plot threads - a tie in episode with OUAT. That way they can get people to go back and watch Wonderland when it gets released to the home markets.
Gadfly
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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 4:35 am

*shrug* As even the guy at ABC who made the crap decision to air it on Thursday at 8 admitted, the network mishandled the show. They premiered it as a fall season show, when it would have been better suited as a mid-season fill in when other shows were on hiatus from new episodes. Arguably during the 13 weeks that its parent show was off the air.

The time slot hurt it as well, putting up against Big Bang Theory.

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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 4:33 am

There aren't that many plot threads to wrap up...

But judging from the cast list and the description of the story in the press release, they're going to take a shot at wrapping up all the ones they have.

msd85
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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 3:56 am

"If that's the case, then all plot threads should be wrapped up right?" You'd think so, but nobody will know for sure until next Thursday. A lot of limited series choose to wrap up the main plot, but leave just enough open to continue in case they get renewed.

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