EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: One of Alice In Wonderland‘s signature characters, The White Rabbit, is hopping to ABC’s Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, and it will be voiced by Paul Reubens. Reubens, best known for his alter ego of Pee-Wee Herman, has joined the cast of the Once Upon A Time spinoff presentation, which will be directed by frequent Once director Ralph Hemecker. The project, from Once Upon A Time creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, is set in pre-curse Wonderland. The story is told through the point of view of Alice (Sophie Lowe) who has a generous heart but carries the scars of a long hard life. She is joined by Cyrus (Peter Gadiot), Alice’s love interest, and the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha), a sardonic adventurer. The White Rabbit will be a CG character voiced by Reubens. Michael Sheen provided the voice for the White Rabbit in the 2010 Tim Burton movie. Also co-starring in the ABC presentation is Emma Rigby as the Red Queen. If the project goes to series, Barbara Hershey’s Cora, who played Wonderland’s Queen Of Hearts on Once, could appear in flashbacks. Also likely to be on the spinoff if it is picked up to series are the characters of Mad Hatter (played by Sebastian Stan on Once) and Cheshire Cat. The choice of Hemecker as director is not surprising as he helmed the two Once episodes that …
Paul Reubens To Voice The White Rabbit In ABC’s Wonderland-Themed ‘Once Upon A Time’ Spinoff, Ralph Hemecker To Direct
Justified‘s Walton Goggins and Graham Yost, Glee‘s Chris Colfer and Brad Falchuk, and The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway‘s Paul Reubens are among the additional presenters announced today for the 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, set for Sept. 10 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. Rebecca Romijn and Paul Scheer (NTSF:SD:SUV), Priscilla Presley and Steve Binder (Elvis’ ’68 Comeback Special), and H. Jon Benjamin and Adam Reed (Archer) also will appear to hand out awards. They join presenters revealed last week. The ceremony will air Sept. 17 on ReelzChannel.
Well, it won Melissa Leo an Oscar. So why shouldn’t faux fur win Pee-wee an Emmy for his HBO special?
Saturday Night Live last night took on the new NBC superhero drama The Cape with fake promos for other NBC series about “superheroes who get their superpowers from items of clothing,” including The Scarf, The Scrunchy and The Spanx. Meanwhile, Paul Reubens is already getting online support for a hosting gig on SNL after his turn as Pee-wee opposite Andy Samberg in last night’s digital short. Videos below:
From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:
He’s baaaaaaack. Paul Reubens (best known by his nom de plume Pee-wee Herman) invaded Pasadena and HBO’s presentation at TCA Friday afternoon, presented live via satellite from New York to promote his forthcoming 90-minute special The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway that’s scheduled to debut in March. It represents the triumphant return of an iconic character once thought dead but that’s now survived for better than 30 years.
Pee-wee has returned not just as a stage show but with a movie in his future as well, with Judd Apatow attached to produce, as Reubens gleefully discussed in his character’s trademark gray suit and red bow tie. He rarely broke character during a sometime surrealistic 25-minute Q&A that found him often leaving the gathered critics laughing (albeit grudgingly) as he mugged more or less constantly.
Claiming to be sitting in a Howard Johnsons restaurant in New York, Herman/Reubens said he’s excited to see how much longevity Pee-wee has had and hopes to continue on playing him “30 years from now when I’m 140.” How is it that Pee-wee has been able to come back so successfully? “I don’t know,” he said. “Certain things just come back. It’s cyclical. I think I just waited long enough and all of the people seem to like it again I guess.”
The only time that Renbens was inspired to expound with seeming sincerity was when discussing the production style of …
Paul Reubens’ current Broadway show will become an HBO special. The HBO presentation of The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway will shoot at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre New York this January, immediately following the Jan. 2 conclusion of its exclusive Broadway engagement, for a 2011 premiere on the pay cable network. “Before his hit series and movies, HBO introduced Paul Reubens’ Pee-wee Herman to a national audience in the Young Comedians series, followed by the groundbreaking 1981 special,” said Nancy Geller, SVP HBO Original Programming. Reubens’ Broadway special will be directed by Marty Callner, who also directed the 1981 HBO special The Pee-wee Herman Show.