With its prominent use of CGI and helter-skelter mash-ups of fairy tales from across the literary spectrum, ABC's new fantasy-based drama "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" is like a "psychedelic romance," said writer and co-creator Edward Kitsis during the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday.
A spinoff of the 2011 ABC show "Once Upon a Time," which was also created by Kitsis and "Wonderland" co-creator Adam Horowitz, this new show finds the famous Alice (Sophie Lowe) stuck in a mental institute after tales of her time spent down the proverbial rabbit hole strike her father as insane.
Only in "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" the rabbit hole of lore is populated by all sorts of characters that aren't found in Lewis Carroll's famous yarn. Alice's love interest, for example, is a genie named Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). It's her passion for him that drives her to break out of the asylum in hopes of finding him again in the rabbit hole. (The white rabbit she follows is played by John Lithgow.)
"We're still kids playing with our GI Joe's and mashing them up with our other action figures," said Kitsis with full-on nerdy fanboy verve, adding: "Darth Vader, I will kill you Spock."