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The ABC show, which premieres on Thursday night at 8, is a spinoff of sorts of “Once Upon a Time,” the Sunday night series that throws a party for far-flung fairy tale characters from Snow White and Prince Charming to Peter Pan and Robin Hood.
Instead of adding Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” characters to that show, the producers – Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, and Zack Estrin – have spun them into a completely separate tale about Alice’s return to Wonderland to find the lost love of her life, the genie Cyrus. They’ve infused the story with a touch of “The Wizard of Oz,” as Alice, wearing a shoe containing magic, joins up with the Knave of Hearts and the White Rabbit on her search.