Here's one reason to celebrate ABC's decision to stick with its struggling Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. The spin-off has just closed a deal with Barbara Hershey to reprise her popular Once Upon a Time role as Cora, The Queen of Hearts.
Once Upon A Time
More Regina and Robin Hood? Check! More curses? Check!
As Once Upon a Time heads towards its midseason finale, TVGuide.com decided it's time for our 10th Lightning Round with the brain trust behind ABC's fairy-tale drama, executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.
Lightning Round 9: Once Upon a Time bosses answer your burning questions
We grabbed your fan questions off Twitter and hit up Horowitz and Kitsis for a quick round of scoop, in which the producers had the option to answer, "Yes," "No" or "Can't Answer." Some of their answers, and possible non-answers, are pretty telling, so check them out below:
JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Emilie de Ravin
Once Upon a Time is seven episodes into its third season and, so far, Storybrooke has yet to be seen thanks to Neverland-centric stories. But that will all change on Sunday's episode (8/7c, ABC), when Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) earns her legs by swimming back to Storybrooke to help Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Rumple (Robert Carlyle) locate a powerful item that could take down Peter Pan (Robbie Kay). Through this trip back to Storybrooke, we'll get a glimpse into how Belle (Emile de Ravin) has been holding down the fort in our heroes' stead.
Exclusive: Once Upon a Time casts Rumplestiltskin's father
"She's tried to hold it together," de Ravin tells TVGuide.com. "I kept...
Once Upon a Time
This season, the action on ABC's Once Upon a Time has taken place almost entirely on Peter Pan's magical island of Neverland — and will remain there for the rest of 2013, as producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have teased, before the characters return to Storybrooke, where a new curse is expected to wreak havoc.
Robert Carlyle, Stephen Lord
The Dark One's daddy issues are about to surface in a very big way.
British actor Stephen Lord has been cast as Rumplestiltskin's father on Once Upon a Time, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Once Upon a Time: Will Rumplestiltskin save Henry or himself?
On the series, we've learned...
Marilyn Manson will lend his voice to Once Upon a Time in an upcoming episode, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
The Goth rocker will voice the dastardly...
Robert Carlyle, Dylan Schmid, Robbie Kay
As unlikely as it sounds, the Dark One may sacrifice himself to save someone else.
During the second season of Once Upon a Time, we learned of the prophecy that predicts Henry (Jared Gilmore) would be Rumplestiltskin's (Robert Carlyle) undoing. So it was very curious when Rumple lead the charge to Neverland to save his grandson. Rumple quickly separated from the group, however, leaving his motivations unclear. Will he save Henry or ultimately save himself?
This isn't the Peter Pan you remember from your childhood.
Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and the rag-tag group of heroes and villains that attempted to rescue Henry (Jared Gilmore) in Neverland learned that the hard way during last week's Once Upon a Time. Coming face-to-face with Pan (Robbie Kay) and his Lost Boys, Emma was forced to confront the truth about herself: She's an orphan, having grown up without the love and care of Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Charming (Josh Dallas).
Once Upon a Time Postmortem: Will Emma & Co. be able to save Henry?
But it's Pan's threat that's the real problem. He swears that by the time Emma actually finds Henry, her son will want to stay on the island. And when she leaves, she won't just feel like an orphan — she'll actually be one. Unfortunately, that might be true after Charming was skimmed by an arrow doused with Dreamshade poison.
What exactly does Peter Pan want with Henry?
Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha
Once upon a time, a young girl named Alice took a trip down a rabbit hole and experienced fantastical adventures that would sound insane to anyone in the real world.
That's exactly where we find Once Upon a Time in Wonderland's Alice (Sophie Lowe) when the Once Upon a Time spin-off premieres on Thursday (8/7c, ABC). It's been years after her journey following the White Rabbit (voiced by John Lithgow), and Alice finds herself in a mental institute after her quest to get evidence that Wonderland exists results in the loss of her love, a genie named Cyrus (Peter Gadiot).
Lightning Round: Will Once Upon a Time and Wonderland cross over?
With Alice on the brink of receiving a procedure that would wipe her memories clean, former ally the Knave (Michael Socha) and the White Rabbit come bearing news that Cyrus is actually alive — and thus begins Alice's journey back to Wonderland...
Hayden Panettiere, Kathy Bates, Stana Katic
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Am I sensing romantic sparks between Juliette and Avery on Nashville? — Michelle
ADAM: Whatever sexual tension exists between them might dissipate after Wednesday's episode, during which Juliette makes it clear that she views Avery only as an employee. But that's not to say that there's no romance in Juliette's future. "Juliette always has a love life," executive producer Dee Johnson tells us. "I think it's probably a form of medication. Coming out of last season ...she is going into the zone of protecting her heart. If she's looking for romance, it's going to be the kind of romance that's not going to hurt her." In other words: Expect a lot of one-night stands!
Do you have any scoop on the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Coven? — Marcus
NATALIE: Move over...