It probably does not come as a surprise to most people, but Once Upon A Time In Wonderland will not be returning to ABC for a second season. The show shares certain elements, but has a completely different cast.
The series was a spin-off from their hit show Once Upon A Time, although it was never able to pick up the same popularity that the original had. Making a spin-off can often be a risky decision, and while it has worked well in a handful of situations, some spin-offs have also failed miserably.
There were rumors that Once Upon A Time In Wonderland was on the verge of being cancelled for a while, but the news was officially confirmed that it would not be returning in the fall by ABC on Friday.
On Thursday night, it was also announced that next week's episode would be the series finale, rather than simply a season finale. The series stars Sophie Lowe as Alice, and similarly to Once Upon A Time, it even introduced a former cast member from Lost, having Naveen Andrews as Jafar. Both shows share creators Adam Horowitz and Edwart Kitsis, who had worked together on ABC's Lost.
Despite the fact that Once Upon A Time In Wonderland recently saw its highest rating since airing in November, the show only averages about 3.3 million viewers, while its predecessor Once Upon A Time is currently No. 1 in its slot with adults 18-49 for the 3rd week in a row.
Once Upon A Time In Wonderland has struggled with its slot of Thursday at 8 p.m., while Once Upon A Time continues to have success on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. The original story that was planned for the spin-off will have completed as a stand-alone season, but there was a hope that there could be a new tale told in the same world next season.
Once Upon A Time has been one of ABC's flagship series for the past three seasons, and while it has not been officially ordered for next season yet, it is expected to return. The first one did not prove to be a success, but perhaps a Once Upon A Time spin-off in another land could work out better.
Since Once Upon A Time In Wonderland did not yield a second season, is there a Disney land that would work better? The original show has featured time in Neverland, and recently alluded to Oz, should one of them spark a separate series?
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