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Fall TV First Impression: ABC's Wonderland
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Fall TV First Impression: ABC's Wonderland

Jul 21 2013, 7:04pm CDT | by TV Line

The broadcast networks have almost 30 shows debuting this fall, including new sitcoms from Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes, a futuristic tale from the Fringe team and Marvel-ous adventures for the ...

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Fall TV First Impression: ABC's Wonderland

Jul 21 2013, 7:04pm CDT | by TV Line

The broadcast networks have almost 30 shows debuting this fall, including new sitcoms from Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes, a futuristic tale from the Fringe team and Marvel-ous adventures for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

Next up on our list….

THE SHOW | ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (Thursdays at 8/7c; premieres Oct. 10)

THE COMPETITION | CBS’ The Big Bang Theory/The Millers (new), Fox’s X Factor results show, The CW’s The Vampire Diaries and NBC’s Parks and Recreation/Welcome to the Family (new)
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THE CAST | Sophie Lowe (Beautiful Kate), Peter Gadiot (The Forbidden Girl), Michael Socha (the UK’s Being Human), Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks) and the voice of John Lithgow (Third Rock from the Sun); Naveen Andrews (Lost ) joins the cast in Episode 2.

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THE SET-UP | At least as framed by the 20-minute “presentation” that sold ABC on this spin-off, Victorian era British lass Alice (Lowe) has been institutionalized after relating a story about her trip to “Wonderland,” where she met a hookah-smoking caterpillar and invisible cat and ate/drank things that made her smaller/bigger. Just as Alice retracts her tale, she gets a visit from the Knave of Hearts (Socha), a Wonderland pal who has portal-jumped from Storybrooke to report that Cyrus (Gadiot) — a genie with whom she she fell in love — possibly did not perish at the hand of the Red Queen (Rigby). Cue: “We have to go baaaaack!”

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THE FIRST IMPRESSION | While it’s hard to say what the first episode will look like at a full 42 minutes, I can see — as skeptical/disappointed as I was when ABC aborted the plan to air this as a wintertime hiatus-filler — how the network suits were dazzled. The arc here is pretty linear and pretty romantic: Venturing back to Wonderland (thanks to Lithgow’s portal-happy White Rabbit), Alice will labor to locate her true love, with a begrudging assist from the Knave (who in the semi-clunky cold open snarks to Storybrooke’s Leroy, “I don’t help anyone“).

Lowe and Gadiot have good chemistry, so hopefully their flashback moments are among those beefed up in the full pilot, while Socha in fleeting scenes sells us on his alter ego’s sass. Rigby’s Red Queen is fun (and barely dressed) in a saucy, CW sort of way, but it may take some getting used to having a decently rendered CGI rabbit on your TV screen every week.

One reservation, aside from how the Knave was “inserted” into old Once scenes set during the wraith’s rampage: Already, non-Wonderland characters such as Andrews’ Jafar, here fashioned as an evil genie, are being plugged into the narrative. At what point does this simply become Once 2 (Once Twice?) and you’re robbing Peter (Peter Pumpkin Eater) to pay Paul (Bunyan)?

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THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | It will take some magic for ABC to have any success in the Thursdays-at-8 time slot, where the likes of Charlie’s Angels, Missing, Last Resort and Zero Hour in recent years have quickly died. The Once brand surely will lure some lookie-loos, and ABC obviously is so hot for this offshoot that they’ll give it a lot of rope. With Big Bang as big as ever, the opportunity here lies in a vulnerable X Factor, which seems to have minimal buzz heading into Season 3.

Watch a video preview for Once: Wonderland, then vote in our poll below.


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Michael J. Fox 'stunned' to learn of Robin Williams’ Parkinson’s Disease

Aug 14 2014 6:48pm CDT | Source: TV Tattle on Hitfix

Michael J. Fox “stunned” to learn of Robin Williams’ Parkinson’s Disease "Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis,” Fox tweeted. "A true friend; I wish him peace.” PLUS: Disney channels will show “Aladdin ...
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Betsy Brandt Books Return to Parenthood

Aug 1 2014 3:15pm CDT | Source: TV Fanatic

Betsy Brandt has booked her return to Parenthood. Perhaps setting up a love triangle for the show’s final season, the NBC drama will bring Brandt back as Hank’s ex-wife Sandy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The veteran actress (Breaking Bad, The Michael J. Fox Show, Masters of Sex) only appeared on one past episode but will stick around for a few weeks this time around. Parenthood Season 5 concluded with Hank and Sarah renewing their romance ...
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'Teen Wolf' Fans Can Barely Contain Their Excitement At Comic Con

Jul 25 2014 5:52am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans squealed and screamed, and some shed tears at Thursday's Comic-Con panel for MTV's hit series "Teen Wolf." Before cast members like Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin and Holland Roden took questions from fans, executive producer Jeff Davis announced the show had been picked up for a 20-episode, fifth season. He also confirmed actor Dylan Sprayberry has been upped to a series regular. "Teen ...
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New Bill Cosby Show Could Debut As Soon As Summer 2015

Jul 13 2014 2:33pm CDT | Source: Huffington Post

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Bill Cosby could be returning to the network with a new comedy as soon as next summer. The series, described as a "classic, extended-family sitcom" with Cosby as the patriarch, is currently in the writing stage, NBC executives said at Sunday's session of the summer TV critics' tour. It was first announced in January. Cosby, 77, has a long history with NBC, including his seminal "The Cosby Show," which became a smash hit 30 year ...
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