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ABC is standing by 'Once Upon a Time' and 'Revenge'
A year ago, "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge" were crown jewels of ABC's development and the network decided to pair them on Sundays, anticipating growth. That growth didn't come. "Once Upon a Time" weathered the fall football push well, but struggled all spring, while "Revenge" also saw its numbers decline and watched its series creator exit. Neither show was in any danger of cancellation, but it's slightly surprising to see ABC acting as if the jewels aren't tarnished. Normally when you see a show trending down like "Once," that isn't the time to do a spinoff, but ABC developed and ordered "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" and then, rather than using the Alice-centric drama to spell the original in the winter, ABC opted to let it stand alone in the brutal Thursday 8 p.m. time period. Hmmm. And not only is "Revenge" sticking around on Sundays at 9 p.m., but ABC has specifically targeted the topically similar "Betrayal" as a lead-out, confusingly believing that "Revenge" has any juice at all as a lead-in.