When writing about the “Once Upon a Time” spin-off (tentatively titled “Once: Wonderland”) over the past few weeks, we have done so with the caveat that there is probably one thing that could keep the series from being ordered: The ratings for the flagship. “Once Upon a Time” has lost a good chunk of its momentum this spring, whether it be due to a wonky schedule, the show turning off viewers, or more people setting their DVRs than in the past. (Personally, we think it’s probably a combination of the three, though quality-wise it has picked up in recent weeks.)
However, the ratings dropping ultimately do not seem to be much of a factor at all. According to Deadline, the series is still widely expected to get an order along with the Marvel series now entitled “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” and will probably air at some point during the 2013-14 season.
The only thing that is still a little bit unclear in all of this is just how and when the show will air. We have fashioned it in some ways as a program similar to “American Horror Story,” at least in that ABC can have a different season every year about separate worlds, and thus have a great deal of storytelling to show off. We could easily see a future season that was all about Neverland, for example, and we’d love to see one about that world of Dr. Frankenstein (even though that seems unlikely, given most viewers’ aversion to black and white these days).
Are you excited to see what this spin-off can deliver, or do you think that the franchise has run out of steam? If you want to read a little bit of scoop about the final two episodes of the season, be sure to head on over to the link here.