Pilot News: NBC Orders Alice in Wonderland Sequel from the Creator of CSI

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logo-nbc-300Things might be going mad next fall at NBC. Mad as a hatter, that is.

The network has ordered a pilot for an Alice in Wonderland sequel series from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, Matt Weinberg, JoAnn Alfano and Margaret Riley.

The project, titled simply Wonderland, will use Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel as a point of origin, but will be built around a new character named Clara.

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Not to worry though, Zuiker & Co. haven’t forgotten about your old friend Alice. Turns out she will have assumed the role of Wonderland’s evil queen, and thus will be the woman Clara wages war against. Clara, for her part, is described as a gal whose life took “an unexplained turn for the worse,” and thanks to a message from “a mysterious stranger,” looks for answers in the kingdom of Wonderland.

The CW, too, has been developing an adaptation of the storybook adventure, a modern-day riff dubbed Wunderland and penned by Chad Hodge (Playboy Club), but it has yet to be ordered to pilot.

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Comments (29)

  • It seems like EVERY pilot NBC picks up is an “adaptation” of something…

    Comment by George – January 29, 2013 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Grimm 2.0!

      Comment by Matt – January 29, 2013 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed, sounds like Grimm on a bad day. I don’t think it’ll work

        Comment by TV fan – January 29, 2013 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds really good

    Comment by Nick – January 29, 2013 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too bad this isn’t a spin-off from Once!

    Comment by Boothgirl – January 29, 2013 12:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That would have been awesome!

      Comment by Taryn – January 29, 2013 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No it wouldn’t have. Have you seen their Wonderland? It looks like a mid-90s screensaver.

        Comment by dude – January 29, 2013 12:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • That is a brilliant description. I love that show, and I generally think the artistic directors are so talented with their edgy fairy tale update designs. But Wonderland…ugh.
          But it is too bad it can’t be a spin off of Once. I love Sebastian Stan so much!

          Comment by Gilda – January 29, 2013 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • someone needs to make a series based on fables the comic book

    Comment by Dennis – January 29, 2013 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too bad no one is adapting The Looking Glass Wars instead.

    Comment by JD – January 29, 2013 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^ This!! It would be awesome if someone adapted the Looking Glass Wars series to TV.

      Comment by Jon – January 29, 2013 02:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That would be great! Love that series!

      Comment by Melosm – January 29, 2013 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s on NBC, so any excitement I may feel from this idea is immediately quashed due to my general dislike of things they come out with. Now that Caterina Scorsone’s free, I’d rather someone – obviously SyFy would be the first choice – would create a sequel to the Alice miniseries. It was a fresh and interesting take, in my opinion, on the mythos. Maybe have her and Hatter attempting to navigate New York when all he’s known is Wonderland, and Wonderland people are coming through and causing trouble? I just loved that miniseries and I think it’d be great to see Caterina and Andrew-Lee Potts together again. Andrew’s a fantastic talent that should get some American exposure.

    Comment by Ashley – January 29, 2013 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would watch that!!!!!! I’d love to see them do a rework of the miniseries as a series and extend things, personally: I thought that miniseries was so cool and the two leads had great chemistry. With a few tweaks and a little more polish, it could be totally reworked into a great show

      Comment by Gilda – January 29, 2013 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yeah i really would like to see more of caterina as alice, she was fantastic and that world was really well developed

      Comment by Alan – January 29, 2013 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That has been my favourite modern Twist on Alice that has been done and Andrew and Caterina had great chemistry as you said. Plus I wanted to see what happened to Jack and The Duchess as they were shaping up to be just as cut throat as his mother. Also, more Charlie and Caterpillar. Nick Willing has fantastic visions. His version of the Oz mythos in Tin Man was also quite brilliant. Underrated fimmaker.

      Comment by Vonnie – January 29, 2013 03:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds stupid!

    Comment by Jo – January 29, 2013 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think they are over estimating the appeal of turning an iconic “good” character like Alice bad. One of the reasons Once works is because the characters are all the ones you grew up knowing with additional characterization to make a compelling story. You know why they do the things they do because you know the original story.
    Here they have decided to break the mold on Alice and turn her into what she was not, “evil”. If they wanted a new character to wonder through Wonderland they should leave Alice out, or make her part of the new characters back story. Parent? Grandparent? Crazy Aunt no one believes?
    The story maybe good, but I think they are setting up a failure for NBC.

    Comment by Me – January 29, 2013 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good, more fantasy in the fall lineup. It has been uber dreary except for CW fare thus far.

    Comment by Danielle H. – January 29, 2013 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • so they take the hero of the iconic story and turn her into the villain and then expect people to root for a new character, that just wont happen, its not how people are wired

    Comment by Alan – January 29, 2013 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • NBC could screw up a one car Chinese funeral in the middle of the Gobi desert.

      Comment by Templar – January 29, 2013 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That makes the fourth show based on an existing, iconic property in a short time right? Dracula, Crossbones, Hannibal and this? NBC is putting a lot of eggs in one basket.

    Comment by Mitholas – January 29, 2013 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I see no problem with an abundance of Mad Hatters.

    Comment by mawhi – January 29, 2013 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Im still stuck on SyFy;s Alice. Loved and I do mean loved that version of modern day version of Wonderland.

    Comment by Rachel – January 29, 2013 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Same here. It’s been the best retelling of the story so far.

      Comment by Rain – January 30, 2013 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is it me or does NBC basically steal other network shows, change it a bit and then say its a whole new show. Wonderland vs Once Upon a Time, Grimm vs Supernatural. What other ones are there?

    Comment by Lena – January 29, 2013 11:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • One thing to differentiate them – Grimm sucks and Supernatural is one of the best shows of all-time (up till season 5, of course).

      Comment by John – January 30, 2013 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • supernatural still rocks, it slumped a bit under sera gamble but now with jeremy carver in control things feel like the old show again

        Comment by Alan – January 30, 2013 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • bs’d
    I heard yesterday that they passed on this “project”.

    Comment by mamamitzvah – January 31, 2013 06:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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