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Barbara Hershey May Return For ‘Once’ Spinoff

PLUS: Paul Reubens, Emma Rigby added to cast

It’s nothing more than a pre-pilot preview at this point, but the producers behind the proposed “Once Upon a Time” spinoff “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” are putting together a fascinating cast, and already talking about doing more.

That more could very much include Barbara Hershey, the late Cora in the hit ABC series, who spent time in Wonderland. According to TV Line, the new series — if picked up by the network — will explore the popular Alice in Wonderland environment both pre- and post-curse.

“It will be very similar to ‘Once’ in that there will be flashbacks of these news characters that take us to pre-curse Wonderland,” series co-creator Edward Kitsis said.

But that also means a look at what has happened since, including the residency of Hershey, who played a key role in the government of Wonderland before she was rescued to terrorize Storybrooke instead.

Whether or not Hershey would even be available would not even be decided until after ABC makes a decision about the show. Kitsis is involved with co-creator Adam Horowitz, and production itself will be supervised by popular genre writer Jane Espenson as well as Zack Estrin.

One thing that is for sure, other roles have been cast, and you should recognize at least one of the names. Paul Reubens, who many in their late 20s and 30s will remember as Pee-Wee Herman, has been cast as the voice of the White Rabbit, according to Deadline. He joins Emma Rigby as the Red Queen.

Reubens, 60, has voiced a number of series in recent years, including Pavel in “Tron: Uprising” as well as various characters in “Batman: The Brave and the Bold.” He also played Oscar Vibenius in the short-lived ABC series “Pushing Daisies.”

He has been nominated for 16 Daytime Emmys, winning two for “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” and also received three primetime Emmy nominations over the years, most recently for the television version of his Broadway show featuring Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

Rigby is yet another up-and-coming actress from across the pond. She has appeared in British television productions such as “Hollyoaks” and “Prisoners Wives.” She has been nominated for four British Soap Awards, winning one in 2008 for “Hollyoaks.”

If commissioned, “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” would air during the mid-season break for “Once Upon a Time” in its third season. “Once Upon a Time” itself airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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