For those of you wanting to know how much of Naveen Andrews you are really going to be seeing on “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” following its premiere, know this: It’s going to be quite a bit.
According to Vancity Filming, the former “Lost” actor is a series regular for the entirety of the ABC drama’s first season, which is good news should the show also be brought back for another go next year. Andrews’ casting as Jafar turned out to be the big surprise casting of the recent Comic-Con panel in San Diego, as well as proof that Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are still very much interested in working with actors that they are familiar with from their other work in the past.
“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” does have an interesting structure, and this in many ways could actually change what it really means to be a “series regular” altogether. The show’s entire first season is a story with a beginning, middle, and an end, and there is no cliffhanger planned for the end of it. They will see how the ratings go, and if there is a realization that there are more stories to tell with these characters down the road, then the show will stick around for more. It’s a question of several different things, and ratings are a big part of it. The show is taking on a timeslot in Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, which has seen a multitude of other shows over the years get canceled.
This is turning out to be a rather huge day in the “Once Upon a Time” universe. Earlier, JoAnna Garcia Swisher was confirmed to be playing Ariel on the flagship “Once Upon a Time” show, which premieres on ABC Sunday, September 29.