ABC doesn’t want to let go of the potential the hit show “Once Upon a Time” has in terms of spinoffs. With a show based on fairy tales, there are endless possibilities for spinoff series. According a July 15 report by E! Online, ABC’s president, Paul Lee isn’t ruling out a “Frozen” spinoff.
During the TCA Press Tour earlier today, Lee said, "We don't have immediate plans for a Frozen spinoff, but they're so inventive, those two…" He was, of course, referring to the creative genius of OUAT executive producers Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, the same 2 who were behind the hit show “Lost” a few years ago.
As successful as the two are, their first OUAT spinoff, “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” which followed as you might guess, the exploits of Alice and her Wonderland companions, was a disappointing failure. It ended after just one season with an ending that was rushed together to wrap up the story lines in a way that wasn’t even believable in a fairytale land.
Still, that doesn’t mean that Lee wouldn’t give the golden boys another chance at a “Once Upon a Time” spinoff. "Eddy and Adam are endlessly inventive, so they have glints in their eyes of stories that they can spin for years to come. So it certainly doesn't rule out their ability or my ability to go beyond “Once," he said.
The Frozen characters of Anna, Elsa and Kristoff have been added to OUAT’s storyline and could indeed merit their own series. If you think it’s too soon, Lee counters, "Absolutely not. Frozen is a wonderful asset. John Lassiter (executive producer of the Frozen film), himself flew up to Vancouver, he's integrally related to the way we're doing that. Adam and Eddie always have a twist on every story, so you can imagine their twist is going to be very different. But no, I think it's the perfect time. We're thrilled with it."
“Once Upon a Time” will premiere with season 4 in the fall on ABC. The premiere date has been set Sunday, Sept. 28.