Did you know Once Upon A Time in Wonderland is a LIMITED new series? Meaning, it's not supposed to continue forever but instead have a beginning, a middle and AN END?
*eyebrows raised in an "I'll believe it when I see it" fashion*
Yet we've been promised: there will be no wandering about in Wonderland just for the heck of it.
Apparently they're so happy with the response to a show that hasn't even aired yet that they've ordered more episodes but are crossing their hearts that they "kick their bad habit of unnecessary plot dwindling", as iO9 put it.
(Seriously? These are the creators of Lost... )
So what does that mean? It means the entire story is to be plotted in advance.
Here's an explanation of how it's all supposed to work, from Entertainment Weekly:
Whenwas announced as a limited series in May, it received 13 episodes — the standard order for a new drama... But creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have a different vision for this show: a self-contained epic romance that’s planned in advance from start to finish — no filler! [Edit FTNH: emphasis mine.] That means there will be no additional episodes ordered for the season beyond the first order, so the showrunners can break down the entire story before the first episode ever airs. That’s why there are more episodes being ordered now-ish, because the writers have figured out how many hours they need.
“We really want to tell the story without having to worry about how to stretch it for five years,” Kitsis tells EW. “The upfront order will be for the season.” Horowitz adds, “This is not meant to be a 22-episode season. Whatever it ends up being, we’ll have told a complete story, with a beginning, middle and end.”
|A Wonderland Romance|
Hold on... I have further clarification: "limited" doesn't quite mean what we (would normally) think it means...
I KNEW it! has been called an “anthology” series and “limited” series. Neither is precisely correct.
It’s only “limited” in terms of the first season telling a close-ended story in less than 22 episodes,Ah. That sounds like the showrunners we're familiar with. *eyebrows return to their rightful places* because ABC and the showrunners wouldn’t do seasons (ABC executives may be willing to get a little creative with , but they’re not Mad Hatters — a hit is a hit). ABC will renew the show for another close-ended adventure if the show is a success. [Edit FTNH: emphasis mine.]
But unlike an anthology series — such as which tells an entirely new story each season with new characters — is expected to continue using most of the same characters. “If the audience responds and people love these characters, the plan would be to bring it back next year and tell a whole new story,” Horowitz says.
Put another way: is sort of like a fairytale version of — a heavily serialized drama with stand-alone seasons using the same core cast (only with fewer rogue nukes, presumably).
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