TVLine Items: Once Upon a Time Spin-Off Update, James Woods Joins Ray Donovan and More!

Once Upon a Time SpinoffThings are getting curiouser and curiouser with the Once Upon a Time spin-off.

Once consulting producer Jane Espenson and Prison Break alum Zack Estrin, as part of a new overall deal with ABC Studios, have boarded the prospective offshoot, which will be set in Wonderland, our sister site Deadline reports. The project is envisioned as an American Horror Story-style 13-episode standalone that would ostensibly bridge the original series’ winter hiatus.

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Whereas last month’s rumors had the Mad Hatter (played to date by Sebastian Stan) as frontman for the series, new intel says that looking glass lass Alice will be the fulcrum. That role, as well as a loner adventurer dubbed The Knave and a soulful character named Amahl, are in the process of being cast, with an eye on shooting a four-scene “presentation” once Once wraps production on its sophomore run.

Got Alice casting ideas (including but not limited to Laura Vandervoort)? Share ‘em in Comments!

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Veteran actor James Woods has joined the cast of Showtime’s new drama Ray Donovan. The series centers on a professional fixer (played by Liev Schreiber) and the chain of events his father’s (Jon Voight) recent release from prison sets off. Woods plays Patrick “Sully” Sullivan, a man with complicated ties to the Donovan family.

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• Sherlock actor Mark Gatiss took to Twitter recently to announce the title of the Brit hit’s Season 3 premiere — and it’s a doozy!

• Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin will make a cameo in the HBO drama’s upcoming third season, bowing March 31, Deadline reports. Details on who — or what — the scribe will be playing are being kept under wraps.

Cedric the Entertainer has been named host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, replacing departing emcee Meredith Vieira. The funnyman is slated to make his debut in the syndicated game show’s Season 12 premiere this fall.

• Modern Family’s Ariel Winter has again grabbed her backpack to star in a live-action Dora the Explorer trilogy for College Humor. Check out her latest turn as the usually animated adventurer.

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Comments (53)

  • For Alice: Alona Tal

    Comment by Tom Charles – March 20, 2013 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I second this!

      Comment by Maris – March 20, 2013 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Isn’t Alona Tal already tapped for Powers, or has that show been completely scrapped?

      Comment by Joey – March 20, 2013 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The show hasn’t been scrapped, but the pilot they shot Was scrapped… They are still working on the show, but I think right now everyone has the option to leave.. so will see..
        Right now she is in the show CULT on the CW Network.
        If Powers ever does get scrapped I would have to give her a vote to play Alice too!

        Comment by jfritz – March 20, 2013 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mark Gatiss also happens to be tha co-creator, a writter and a producer on Sherlock.
    But, you know… Actor is ok too.

    Comment by Troula – March 20, 2013 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was going to say the same thing! And Gatiss WROTE The Empty Hearse!

      Comment by Michelle – March 20, 2013 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yep, I was also going to say the same thing.

      Comment by Sara – March 20, 2013 09:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very interesting!
    I’d love Alice to be played by Tamsin Egerton, or Dianna Agron

    Comment by Kaycee – March 20, 2013 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes to Laura Vandervoort as Alice!! This spin-off seems really cool. I can’t wait to see it come to life.

    Comment by Kat – March 20, 2013 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She’s starring in a new show called Bitten so I don’t think she’s available.

      Comment by dude – March 20, 2013 10:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes, I think she will be pretty busy all spring shooting Bitten up in Canada.

        Comment by Ally Oop – March 20, 2013 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For Alice : Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Aly Michalka, Kayla Ewell, Shelley Hening,

    Comment by ladyluck527 – March 20, 2013 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ya because Katie Cassidy is gonna leave her hit show to join this one….

      Comment by ggny – March 20, 2013 10:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • From the sounds of it, it will just be a short mini series with one season. Filming will mostly take place in the summer. I think if she really wanted to she could do both. Plus Arrow is filmed in Vancouver where I’m sure this spinoff will be filmed.

        That said, I don’t think Katie has the acting chops to play Alice. That’s just me. I find her too one dimensional.

        Comment by Zach – March 20, 2013 10:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Please, no Michelle Trachenberg. She is wayyyy overated.

      I second Diana Agron. Odd idea; Lauren Ambrose?

      Comment by Elly – March 20, 2013 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I absolutely agree – no Michelle Trachenberg!!!! I wouldn’t watch the show if she played Alice.

        Comment by opus – March 20, 2013 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Thank goodness somebody else agrees. Michelle Trachenberg is NOT a good actress, or even a passably good one.

          Comment by CrimsonNClover – March 21, 2013 06:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as they don’t recast Sebastian Stan, I’m open to a spin-off of ONCE.

    Comment by Daniela – March 20, 2013 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe they could go outside of the box and cast a young, up and coming minority actress as Alice in the Once spinoff. How old is she suppose to be in this spinoff? I would assume older and this takes place sometime after he initial visit to Wonderland? Jurnee Smollett comes to mind, although I don’t know what her schedule looks like now that she’s on True Blood.

    Comment by bigby_wolf – March 20, 2013 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I love me some Jurnee. Yes to her in everything. Still bummed Bad Girls didn’t take off.

      Comment by dude – March 20, 2013 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You mean like a Kiernan Shipka? I’d be down with that idea, especially if they intend on making everyone else adults. It would really add to the show since Wonderland is meant to be a confusing place as it is. Adding in the POV of a younger girl would add an extra dimension to the show, but they would need to cast someone incredibly talented to pull it off.

      Comment by kavyn – March 20, 2013 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I like that idea a lot. If they’re going to make yet another adaptation of an old story, it’d only be in their favor to think outside the box and be innovative.

      Comment by Brooke – March 20, 2013 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Would only support the spin off, if Te Queen of Hearts appears as much as possible, even f only in flashbacks, which have been confirmed, I need more Cora.

    Comment by Mike – March 20, 2013 10:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That would be perfect. I love Barbara Hershey. We didn’t get to see enough of her as the Queen of Hearts.

      Comment by zacqua10 – March 20, 2013 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hannah Murray to play Alice. She is currently in Game of Throne but I don’t know if she will appear in a lot of episodes since she was a minor character in S2 (never read the book, well, not yet).

    Comment by Azerty – March 20, 2013 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once cant even keep up with their own world and now you want to add a spinoff.

    Comment by rikes – March 20, 2013 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES to Hannah Murray <3 she's perfect.

    Comment by Kaycee – March 20, 2013 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Now this i agree with

      Comment by ggny – March 20, 2013 11:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think I would def like this idea because, it’s a miniseries that just bridges the series when it’s off instead of a complete new series, I hope someone good joins

    Comment by Juan – March 20, 2013 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Alison Mack. no question.

    Comment by boriqua1ny – March 20, 2013 12:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Interesting that the Wonderland spin off would air during Once’s winter hiatus. Makes me even more excited to see it as a miniseries, rather than a full blown series. Hopefully if it is picked up, it will be a tight, consice storyline.

    Comment by Zorkel567 – March 20, 2013 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love James Woods. Do we know when Ray Donovan premiers? Been looking forward to it!

    Comment by kirads09 – March 20, 2013 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Found the answer to my own question. Looks like June 30.

      Comment by kirads09 – March 20, 2013 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yay! a response that isn’t Once related.
      I HATE Liev Schreiber’s acting so was gonna pass, but I can’t miss anything that James Woods is in. Sigh. Still ticked that they cancelled Shark oh so long ago.

      Comment by Kvivik – March 22, 2013 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anyone but Dianna Agron. If this happens I want someone who can actually act.

    Comment by Amanda – March 20, 2013 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • alice: yvonne strahovski (chuck), she is beautiful and she can kick ass!

    Comment by angela – March 20, 2013 02:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Georgina Haig? Pretty please? (Yeah, damn Fringe made me love her just to kill her after 5 episodes… That’s plainly cruel)

    Also I got the impression that George R R Martin would be cameoing in the 4th, but maybe I misunderstood it, so… Great news! He’s a fun guy!

    Comment by Uete – March 20, 2013 03:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • if they get Laura Vandervoort, i would die of excitement ’cause Instant Star and V were MY SHOWS, Y’ALL!

    Comment by Taelor GitMunny Rye – March 20, 2013 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Elle Fanning would make a great Alice…..

    Comment by Tony – March 20, 2013 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I completely agree

      Comment by Eric – March 20, 2013 05:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Elle Fanning has already done an alice in wonderland type movie called Phoebe in Wonderland.

      Comment by bob – March 20, 2013 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now that I know the spin-off won’t be a whole series, I’m excited about it! Also very excited about the Sherlock news. I’ve missed it sooo much!

    Comment by rachelle – March 20, 2013 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m rooting for Anna Camp, but I’d be good with Elle Fanning.

    Comment by Mike – March 20, 2013 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Angel Coulby to play Alice. Played a fantastic Gwen in Adventures of Merlin

    Comment by Lissette – March 20, 2013 06:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LIinda Lavin should play Alice.

    Comment by andy j – March 20, 2013 08:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does this mean more Barbara Hershey as Queen of Hearts??? I hope so!! And don’t recast Mad Hatter. Either have Sebastian Stan play him, or don’t have the character in the show at all.

    Comment by Mikael – March 21, 2013 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lily Rabe from American Horror Story:Asylum! She would make a great Alice.

    Comment by Albert C – March 21, 2013 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Still unsure how I would feel about a Once “spinoff” so soon. I would be open to giving it a chance.
    My pick for Alice would be CSI’s Elisabeth Harnois. She just screams the part to me.

    Comment by kirads09 – March 22, 2013 07:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One twist (that seems Once-y) would be to make Alice = the Mad Hatter’s daughter – older? returned to Wonderland to find him?

    Comment by kirads09 – March 22, 2013 07:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin will make a cameo in the HBO drama’s upcoming third season, bowing March 31, Deadline reports. Details on who — or what — the scribe will be playing are being kept under wraps.”

    That is soooo gonna rock. Can’t wait.

    Comment by kirads09 – March 22, 2013 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We have already met Alice according the story used in S02 E 13 Tiny in Cassidy Freeman who played Jack — she got the potion to shrink the giant by killing the Jabberwocky. Although I agree with a number of your idea’s for Alice the writers have messed this up. And Laura Vandervoort has just signed on to do Bitten. Me personally if I had to put a name into the hat though ignoring the above would be Karen Gillan or Emilie Ullerup…..

    Comment by Mark – March 28, 2013 02:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love the idea of the spin off. New faces, new talent all in a familiar format. Exciting!

    Comment by Lucy – April 5, 2013 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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