It wasn’t long after Comic-Con 2014 that NBC pulled the plug on its Wizard of Oz event series Emerald City, but despite the lack of bus ads in San Diego this year, the new vision of Dorothy appears right on track over that rainbow. Not only has the “Scarecrow” been cast, but so too has Self/Less director Tarsem Singh signed on to helm all ten episodes.
NBC’s stab at Wizard of Oz nostalgia first hit a snag, as the network unexpectedly dropped a house on its proposed Emerald City plans, only to click its heels and resurrect the event series. Now, NBC has even chosen a Dorothy for its gritty reboot, tasking True Detective Season 2 star Adria Arjona to head over the rainbow.
Just hours after the comic wrap-up of Revolution had us wondering which TV series NBC would pull kicking and screaming from its grave next, the peacock’s latest revival emerges without having made it to air in the first place. Fresh off its first cancellation, NBC’s gritty Wizard of Oz reboot Emerald City has been revived with a series order.
Thus far we've seen multiple attempts to cash in on the forthcoming 75th anniversary of 'The Wizard of Oz' with a TV reboot, and while few pilots have made a great deal of progress, it looks like NBC's dark and twisted 'Emerald City' is the first to drop a houseful of character reveals. Meet the new Dorothy and her colorful friends in the first casting descriptions from 'Emerald City,' set for the 2014-15 season!
NBC's gamble in resurrecting the live TV musical paid off handsomely (for viewers and tweets, anyway), so the network has set their sights even higher. NBC will next look to adapt 'Peter Pan' as a live televised performance, and has also given a series order to 'Wizard of Oz' drama 'Emerald City,' and a pilot order for 'Grey's Anatomy' vet Katherine Heigl's CIA drama 'State of Affairs.'
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Stop us if you've heard this one before, but it seems 'The Wizard of Oz' has landed another house on the upcoming TV development season. Following news that CBS had an eye toward adapting Frank Baum's 1900 classic as medical drama 'Dorothy,' NBC has begun development on its own fantasy take, 'Emerald City,' utilizing a darker, 'Game of Thrones'-influenced approach to the classic story.