David Letterman’s announcement yesterday of his retirement was the big news in TV and certainly the end of an era for late night. However, in primetime, there was another end. Officially cancelled last week by ABC, limited run Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (0.9/3) wrapped its first and only season last night. Having debuted on October 10 last year with 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and soon dipping below a 1.0, the fantasy drama spinoff of Once Upon A Time was down 10% from its result of last week. The rest of ABC’s night with dramas Grey’s Anatomy (2.6/7) and the ever intrigue-filled Scandal (2.8.9) saw the Shonda Rhimes-produced shows even and down 10% respectively from last week. That’s a season low tie for Scandal.
Unlike other limited-run series this season like CBS’ Hostages and ABC’s Betrayal, which quietly finished their freshman runs with no hope of coming back, ABC is actually officially announcing that next week’s season finale …
UPDATED: ABC today revealed its midseason scheduling plans that support the strategy for limited runs of its serialized dramas laid out by topper Paul Lee at the upfronts. New drama Resurrection will debut March 9, taking over the Sunday 10 PM slot from another serialized rookie which will have a limited-run first season, Betrayal. Similarly, new reality series The Quest will premiere Jan. 2, following the the first 8 episodes of the Once Upon A Time spinoff, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, which will air in the fall through mid-December. The remaining four originals will get on the air once The Quest ends its run, and Lee indicated today that additional episodes could be added to the spring cycle. ABC also has set midseason return dates for its older serialized dramas, Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Revenge and Scandal, whose seasons will be split in two stretches of largely all-original episodes, one in the fall and one in the spring. Here are ABC’s midseason premiere dates:
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UPDATED: Lost vet Naveen Andrews is boarding Once Upon A Time In Wonderland as the genie villain Jafar. That was the big news coming out of the ABC’s show’s panel today at Comic-Con. Andrews joined the Wonderland cast members Sophie Lowe (Alice), Michael Socha (Knave of Hearts), Emma Rigby (Red Queen) and Peter Gadiot (Cyrus) onstage at Ballroom 20. Co-creator and exec producer Edward Kitsis said that the addition of Jafar adds to the entire genie-in-the-bottle- mythology they are building with the character and the show, and Alice’s love interest, Cyrus.
Preceding the panel, a 20-minute clip from the pilot was shown to applause. There wasn’t as much foot-stomping like yesterday’s ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but then again this is mostly a female demo in the room. Footage showed Alice being questioned by doctors in a Storybrooke insane asylum, remembering flashbacks to Wonderland with her beau Cyrus. She is then rescued from the asylum by the white rabbit (John Lithgow) and the Knave of Hearts.