NBC Un-Cancels its Completely Insane ‘Wizard of Oz’ Reboot ‘Emerald City’
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.
NBC initially announced its Emerald City take on L. Frank Baum’s work to coincide with the classic film’s 75th anniversary, even displaying some early promotional art at Comic-Con 2014, before surprisingly pulling the plug only weeks later. Following the initial “creative differences” with showrunner Josh Friedkin, Emerald City has been handed a 10-episode order under The Event producer David Schulner.
Hold on to your hats (or slippers), for the full Emerald City synopsis, as well as its character descriptions:
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.
Yeah. It’s essentially old hat at this point to poke fun and NBC’s salvaging of dead series, though to their credit, it makes a degree of sense paired with their 2015 live musical selection of The Wiz. We’ll all be awash in The Wizard of Oz nostalgia over the next year or so, so why not recoup a few investments? Does Emerald City sound at all worthwhile, to have been brought back from the NBC graveyard?