ABC Boss Takes Blame for Wonderland Blunder, Hints at Racier Revenge Ahead

132937_GROUP_FINALr2Once Upon a Time in Wonderland had no business being on Thursday night.

At the Television Critics Association winter press tour Friday, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee expressed regret that he didn’t stick to his original plan and air the spin-off on Sundays at midseason, bridging the gap between the fall and spring runs of Once Upon a Time.

“I should’ve done that,” he said. “In retrospect, I think it would’ve done better there and I should’ve stuck with the earlier idea. I totally take responsibility for that.” A decision on a second season is TBD.

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Other quick hits from ABC’s exec session…

* “Revenge is a self-starter” regardless of lead-in,” noted Lee. In its new timeslot, they “can take the handcuffs off” and “make a 10 o’clock show.”

* “It did take us a little bit of time to find our sea legs” and strike the right balance between the procedural and the mythology, said Lee of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s sluggish start creatively.

* Lee suggested quickly-cancelled Lucky 7 might’ve fared better at 8 pm. (My response: Nope!)

* Mind Games will replace DOA Killer Women beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25. New drama series Black Box premieres Thursday, April 24 at 10/9c, replacing Scandal (which is wrapping early due to Kerry Washington’s pregnancy). Lastly, the new cycle of Dancing With the Stars bows Monday, March 17.

* The network has ordered another Toy Story special, Toy Story That Time Forgot, to air in December.

* Body of Proof was cancelled because “we didn’t think it would grow.”