There is an end to the rabbit hole, friends.
ABC has canceled Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, the network confirms. The news shouldn’t come as a shocker to anyone who saw the promo for the season finale on April 3, which is being billed as a “series finale.”
Sneaky little way to break the news, ABC!
While mothership series Once Upon a Time has remained strong in the ratings this season (helping ABC on many Sundays to win the night), Wonderland struggled in its challenging slot on Thursday night.
So will the stars of Wonderland portal on over to the original series?
Executive producers Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis said there are no current plans to merge the two series, but it’s definitely a possibility.
“The two stories kind of take place in different times,” Kitsis pointed out a recent press event, before the news of Wonderland’s cancellation was announced.
“[Wonderland and OUAT] are slightly out of sync,” Horowitz added. “I would say that we love the characters in [Wonderland] obviously, and would certainly be open to it down the line…Next year, perhaps.”
ABC president Paul Lee told reporters earlier this year that he regretted the scheduling of Wonderland, which was originally planned as a “bridge” series to air during Once Upon a Time’s break.
“That would have been a natural audience to go through there,” Lee said in January at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “That Thursday slot is difficult. We loved the idea. We knew the creative was great, and so we loved the idea of having a run of empowered women going all the way through Thursday night [with Grey’s Anatomy andScandal]. What we didn’t want to do is play defense on Thursday when we wanted to play offense. But in retrospect, I think it would have done better there and I should have stuck to the earlier idea. … I totally take responsibility for that.” THR first reported the cancellation news.