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ABC is taking viewers down the rabbit hole with the Once Upon a Time spinoff series Once Upon a Time In Wonderland, which tells the story of Alice, a young woman living in Victorian England, who's had an exciting adventure in Wonderland… or so she thinks. The people in her life see her as a troubled girl who may be insane for believing she's seen an invisible cat and a hookah smoking caterpillar.
As the trailer reveals, and is further explained in the description below, Alice is ready to rid her mind of all memories of Wonderland - which include losing the man (or genie) she fell in love with and lost - until she's offered the opportunity to go back.
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.
"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" stars Sophie Lowe ("Beautiful Kate") as Alice, Michael Socha ("This Is England") as Knave of Hearts, Peter Gadiot ("The Forbidden Girl") as Cyrus, Emma Rigby ("Hollyoaks") as Queen of Hearts and John Lithgow ("3rd Rock from the Sun") as the voice of the White Rabbit.
"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" was written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz ("Once Upon a Time"), who serve as executive producers. Steve Perlman and Zack Estrin also serve as executive producers, and the pilot was directed by Ralph Hemecker. "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" is produced by ABC Studios.
The trailer looks exciting and romantic and adventurous all at once, with pretty costumes and a familiar story that's being made new by this series. What's more, it's a spinoff of Once Upon a Time, which will surely draw fans of the Sunday-night storybook drama. But it also appears to be set up as an independent story, so those of us who may have fallen behind on OUAT in its second season might still be able to hop down the rabbit hole with this new series without needing to be caught up on the original story.
ABC has Once Upon a Time in Wonderland scheduled to air Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. Check out the full ABC Fall 2013 schedule here.
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