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More Pilot News: ABC Picks Up Gothica; NBC Heading to Wonderland

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More Pilot News: ABC Picks Up Gothica; NBC Heading to WonderlandWe’re not done yet with pilot season for the TV networks, and today we have word on two projects that could be interest to genre fans.

First, heading to ABC, is “Gothica,” penned by Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and co-produced by The Mark Gordon Company. It is described as a sexy Gothic soap set in the present day that weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein, and Dorian Gray among others.

Next is NBC’s “Wonderland,” which is set in the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. It is executive produced by “CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker. The project, written by feature scribe Whit Anderson, stems from Zuiker’s overall deal with ABC Studios, which has him partnering with studio-based Brillstein Entertainment Partners on development. “Wonderland” is produced by ABC Studios, Brillstein, and Zuiker’s Dare To Pass banner. Anderson will co-executive produce with Zuiker, Brillstein’s president of TV JoAnn Alfano, and Zuiker’s long-time manager, Brillstein’s Margaret Riley.

“Wonderland” is set years after the events in the book and centers on Alice and a new character, Clara. Seven years ago Clara’s life took an unexplained turn for the worse, and a mysterious stranger tells her there may be an explanation after all… an explanation that lies in the fantastical world of Wonderland. To revive her dreams and get her life back on track, Clara must wage war against Wonderland’s reigning Queen, the woman we once knew as Alice. “Whit Anderson is a true visionary,” Zuiker said. “Her reimagining of Alice in Wonderland blew us away, and we are very excited to bring this to television.”

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