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ABC adds Wonder(land) and Marvel to fall schedule

May 15, 2013


May 15--ABC is spinning off a show from one of its current hits and another from ne of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." are two of the biggest titles announced on Tuesday, when the network introduced its fall 2013 lineup as part of the weeklong "upfronts" in New York. It is adding eight new shows to its schedule.

"Wonderland," a spinoff of the fantasy drama "Once Upon a Time," will focus on Alice of "Alice in Wonderland" fame. The cast will include John Lithgow as the voice of the White Rabbit. It will air at 8 p.m. Thursdays.

And "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will follow the spy agency seen in "The Avengers" and other Marvel superhero films as they investigate strange cases while Captain America, Thor and the rest are elsewhere saving the world. Clark Gregg reprises his role as Agent Phil Coulson, who seemingly died in "The Avengers" but apparently got better. Joss Whedon, the director of the "Avengers" movie, is an executive producer and directed the pilot episode. It will air at 8 p.m. Tuesdays as part of a night of all-new shows.

Also on the Tuesday lineup: "The Goldbergs," a coming-of-age comedy set in the 1980s; "Trophy Wife," about a reformed party girl who has to deal with her husband's two ex-wives; and "Lucky 7," a drama about a group of gas-station employees whose lives change when they win the lottery.

Two new shows are being added on Wednesdays, "Back in the Game," a sports comedy starring Maggie Lawson and James Caan; and "Super Fun Night," with Rebel Wilson ("Pitch Perfect") as the leader of a group of women who get together once a week.

The other new show for the fall is "Betrayal" at 10 p.m. Sundays, about people working on opposite sides of a murder investigation who are attracted to one another.

Mid-season shows will include "Killer Women," a drama with Tricia Helfer as a member of the Texas Rangers and Marc Blucas, a former Wake Forest University basketball player turned actor, as her romantic interest.

ABC is also planning an elaborate, reality-competition show, "the Quest," in which participants take part in an epic adventure with fantasy elements from the producer of the "Lord of the Rings" films; and "Toy Story of Terror," an animated special with the "Toy Story" cast reuniting for a new adventure.

ABC has canceled "666 Park Avenue," "Body of Proof," "Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23," "Family Tools," "Happy Endings," "How to Live with your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)," "Last Resort," "Malibu Country," "Red Widow" and "Zero Hour."

CBS will announce its fall schedule today, and CW will follow on Thursday.


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