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Classic Children's Story Is Suddenly Hot, With Projects in the Pipeline at NBC and CW EW

A classic children’s book is suddenly a hot property among the broadcast TV networks, and NBC is getting in on it by giving a pilot order to a modern-day sequel to "Alice in Wonderland," reports EW.com's Inside TV.

Another "Alice in Wonderland" project has been in development at the CW, which is working on a variation called "Wunderland" that's set in modern-day Los Angeles. However, that project did not receive a pilot order and the CW may be finished with its orders, the piece adds.

The NBC project, “Wonderland,” is based on a new character, Clara. According to the logline, Alice has become an evil queen: "Seven years ago Clara’s life took an unexplained turn for the worse, but a mysterious stranger tells her there may be an explanation after all … an explanation that lies in the fantastical world of Wonderland. Determined to revive her dreams and get her life back on track, Clara agrees to wage war against the reigning but malevolent Queen, the woman we once knew as Alice.”

The piece notes that it’s common for two networks to have dueling projects in development at the same time based on the same idea, including competing “Beauty and the Beast” projects at the CW and ABC during the previous pilot season.