NBC Revives ‘Emerald City’ Drama With Series Order
NBC is going all-in on The Wizard of Oz. Not only is this year’s live musical going to be the Oz-inspired Broadway musical The Wiz, the network is also reviving a drama that had originally been put in development early last year before being unceremoniously dropped in August.
The network has given Emerald City a 10-episode straight-to-series order, building on the L. Frank Baum Oz stories by adding Dracula scribe David Schulner, who will rework the story from writers Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman, who were brought in to give it “a Game of Thrones-ian vibe”.
Before getting canned in August, NBC released an official synopsis and poster for the show. It’s uncertain if both will still apply to the new version of the series, but you can check out both below to satisfy your Oz-inspired curiosity. If nothing else, this sounds like it could be an interesting project, owing to its more subdued airing model (picking up just ten episodes shows a remarkable amount of restraint for NBC). The synopsis and poster for Emerald City:
In the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog are transported to another world, one far removed from our own—a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.