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Pilot News: NBC Orders Alice in Wonderland Sequel from the Creator of CSI

Things might be going mad next fall at NBC. Mad as a hatter, that is.

The network has ordered a pilot for an Alice in Wonderland sequel series from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, Matt Weinberg, JoAnn Alfano and Margaret Riley.

The project, titled simply Wonderland, will use Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel as a point of origin, but will be built around a new character named Clara.

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Not to worry though, Zuiker & Co. haven’t forgotten about your old friend Alice. Turns out she will have assumed the role of Wonderland’s evil queen, and thus will be the woman Clara wages war against. Clara, for her part, is described as a gal whose life took “an unexplained turn for the worse,” and thanks to a message from “a mysterious stranger,” looks for answers in the kingdom of Wonderland.

The CW, too, has been developing an adaptation of the storybook adventure, a modern-day riff dubbed Wunderland and penned by Chad Hodge (Playboy Club), but it has yet to be ordered to pilot.

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