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CW developing new take on 'Alice in Wonderland' and an alien drama


The CW has added two more dramas to its development slate. The first, Wunderland, is a contemporary retelling of the Alice in Wonderland story and the second, Oxygen, is a science fiction drama about aliens living on earth and forced into segregation.

Wunderland is from McG’s (Supernatural, Nikita) Wonderland Sound and Vision and Warner Bros. Television. The series will be written by Chad Hodge, creator of The Playboy Club, and will center on a young female detective in present day Los Angeles, who discovers that another world exists under the surface of the ultra-modern city. Hodge will write the script and executive produce the project along with McG and Wonderland’s Peter Johnson. 

The concept for the show sounds very similar to The CW’s new drama, Beauty and the Beast, which stars Kristin Kreuk as a homicide detective in New York City, who shares a connection with a man who is left with superhuman, beastly qualities after an experiment gone wrong. Beauty and the Beast premieres October 11.

Oxygen is from Space Floor TV’s Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rossenburg along with Olé’s Richard Shepard, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst. According to Deadline, the show will be based on on a format developed by Daniel Gutman of Pow Wow and Spanish producer, Isla Producciones. It follows the story of a high school pilot program, the first to attempt to integrate a group of humanoid aliens stranded on earth who have been living in forced segregation. The program is complicated by the prejudices and competing agendas on all sides and could be saved or destroyed by a burgeoning romance between a human girl and an alien boy. Meredith Averill (The Good Wife) will write the script. CBS Studios will produce the project along with Space Floor TV.

These are just the latest development projects announced by the network. Recently announced projects include Embracea Buffy-esque supernatural drama based on the novel by Jessica Shirvington; Copeland Prepa drama about high school students that turn into monsters and cause problems for the town and Amazon, a Wonder Woman origin story. 

Mandy Treccia
Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that.

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